For those of you who are familiar with my writing, books and blogs, you may know that, besides my two books, the one I think is the best ever written on golf is Tommy Armour’s A Round of Golf with Tommy Armour. That’s the book that taught me that hitting the ball is important, but knowing how to play the game is more important. My personal scores dropped permanently into the 80s after reading Tommy’s book, and without changing my swing one iota.

Well, I just found another great book. This week, looking for something in my library to read, I came across Sam Snead’s Pigeons, Marks, Hustlers and Other Golf Bettors You Can Beat.

One thing that Pappy always told me was that, “Anything you want to learn is written in a book somewhere.” Of course, Pappy died in 1975, long before Google. But there are still good books out there worth reading. If you can get your hands on this one, you’ll learn a lot about winning bets, both on the golf course and off.

Sam teaches how to choose a partner, how to spot a hustler, how to know when to press your bet, how to deal with cheaters, and lots of other good stuff.

Read this and learn.

And by the way, here’s a short lesson from my personal experience.

About 40 years ago, I went back to Phoenix for a visit, and played my old course there. On the first tee, a young man walked up and asked if he could join me and my friend. I have never claimed to be a good golfer or to have an impressive swing. In fact, my first book was titled, How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time. I have an ugly swing, hit the ball low and short, but very straight, and at that time, I carried a 6 handicap.

This hustler thought he had a sucker and offered to play a $2 Nassau with automatic presses. I beat him out of $24.00. He said he was going to put his clubs in his car and he’d meet us in the dining room for lunch and to settle up. I was foolish enough to believe him. He didn’t show for lunch and he never settled.

I hope you learn from this lesson as I did. Never let a loser out of your sight until you’ve got your money.




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