Golf Book by Abe Mitchell.
A fine golf book in excellent condition, "Essentials of Golf" by Abe Mitchell. Hard back copy with beige cloth cover and green title to spine & front board, complete with original blue dust jacket with pictorial vignette to the cover depicting golf clubs in a bag and an applied photo of Abe Mitchell.
Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, first printed March 1927, this is a 14th edition printed in February 1934. It is in near mint condition with 191 pages containing instructional text with 119 action photographs and 31 diagrams. There is next to no foxing to the pages. A photographic portrait image of Abe Mitchell is in the front.
Edited and arranged by J. Martin, Verulam Golf Club St. Albans, and dedicated "To Samuel Ryder Esq., J.P. Captain of the Verulam Golf Club St. Albans in Appreciation of his Great Practical Interest in Professional Golf".
Inscribed: With best wishes from Eva . Buck. Xmas 1935
The contents of the book are:-
Preface, Introductory, I On Practice, II Choice of Clubs, III The Drive - Preliminaries, IV The Drive - Back-Swing, V The Drive - Down-Swing, VI The Swing as a Whole, VII Other Wooden Clubs, VIII For Advanced Players, IX The Drive - Length, X Slicing and Pulling - The Slice, XI Play the Wind, XII The Iron Clubs, XIII The Iron - Back-Swing, XIV The Iron - Down-Swing, XV Short Approaches - The Pitch-and-Run, XVI Short Approaches - The Pitch Shot, XVII Short Approaches - The Cut Shot, XVIII The Niblick, XIX Putting, XX The Stymie, XXI Awkward Stances, XXII Common Faults and How to Cure Them, XXIII Winter Golf, XXIV From Tee to Green.
This book is as relevant to today's golfer as it was when first published, ideal if you need to improve any aspect of your golf game.
Henry Abraham Mitchell, Abe, was an English professional golfer born in East Grinstead, Sussex.. Abe was a fine amateur golfer and played for England against the Scots in 1910 and won. He turned professional in 1913 and was pro at Sonning Golf Club in Berkshire (1913 - 1910), later pro at North Foreland (1920 - 1925) and the private pro at Verulam Golf Club, St Albans where he became Samuel Ryder's personal golf instructor. Mitchell had eight top-10 finishes out of 17 appearances in the Open Championships (often referred to as The Open or the British Open), his best performance being fourth in 1920. He was a Ryder Cup player in 1929, 1931, and 1933, missing out being the player-captain of Great Britain's first Ryder Cup team in 1927 due to appendicitis. Mitchell won many golf tournaments in Great Britain and frequently toured the United States, winning the 1924 Miami Open and entering into three U.S. Opens.
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