Review of Harvey Penick

Harvey Penick


In his book, Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf, Kevin Robbins recounts the life of one of the most famous men to pick up a golf club. Beginning with Penick’s childhood and tracing his journey from unknown caddy to beloved teacher, Robbins tells the story of an understated man who knew how to observe the smallest detail, and wrote the best-selling book on one of the most difficult but popular sports.

Harvey Penick is the first biography about one of the most beloved teachers of all time. It is the profile of a quiet, unassuming man who brought famous pupils to record-breaking success while never straying from a Texas golf course. The biography is both heart warming and eye opening. However, there are times in the first half of the book that the narrative seems dry and dense. Though not much of a golf fan, I am intrigued by sports biographies, and I came away from Harvey Penick impressed with his knowledge, passion, and his ability to teach the game of golf. However, I am even more impressed with Harvey himself, and how he carried himself with humility amidst the fame and fortune he never sought.  Most golf fans will enjoy reading Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf.


I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents and three dogs, Charlie, Roscoe and Daisy.
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