Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Sports Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

“With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury’s treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages.” —Bustle A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel! The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on: Choosing the right items for your kit. Manufacturing needed tools and supplies. Collecting and cooking food. Protecting yourself from the elements. With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

  • Author: Dave Canterbury
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1st edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1440579776
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches

                 

2. Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly. Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty—if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke. In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations—as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.

  • Author: Ben Hogan
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 20, 1985)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0671612979
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches

                 

3. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book—a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as “the bible of bodybuilding.” Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars. Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here: -Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique -The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition -Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy -Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries -Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity -The fascinating history and growth of bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic “Bodybuilding Hall of Fame” -And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.

  • Author: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised, Updated edition (November 5, 1999)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-0684857213
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.7 x 10.88 inches

                 

4. Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie’s paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game.    Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf.  What does it take to drop ten strokes from your golf score? What part of Tiger Woods’ game makes him a winner? Traditional golf stats can't answer these questions. Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained putting stat. In this eye-opening new book, Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches mountains of data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course.  This eagerly awaited resource is for any player who wants to understand the pros, improve golf skills, and make every shot count.

  • Author: Mark Broadie
  • Publisher: Avery; Illustrated edition (March 6, 2014)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1592407507
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 9.45 inches

                 

5. Football Outsiders Almanac 2021: The Essential Guide to the 2021 NFL and College Football Seasons


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

The most authoritative and innovative annual guide to both the NFL and college football is back for an all-new season with more cutting-edge statistical analysis, obsessive film study, and trademark humor. Includes comprehensive coverage of all 32 NFL teams, analysis of offseason personnel changes, over 500 KUBIAK fantasy football projections, and breakdowns of the top 50 college football teams for 2021. With numerous statistical measures that go far beyond standard NFL stats, Football Outsiders Almanac 2021 gives NFL fans the kind of sabermetric-like statistical analysis that revolutionized the fan's understanding of baseball. It's also written with a knowing dry wit that gets under the skin of America's most popular spectator sport. Groundbreaking team and player DVOA ratings that correct for situation and opponent to reveal which offenses and defenses are truly superior, and which players really help win games. Exclusive data from our partners at Sports Info Solutions, unavailable in standard NFL stats, tells you which quarterbacks benefit the most from yards after catch or play best under pressure; which teams most often blitz or run specific offensive formations; and which defensive backs stop the other team's passing game, measured by pass coverage on every single play rather than just tackles. Data on how receivers performed based on where they lined up before the snap: wide, tight, in the slot, or in the backfield. Detailed information on each team's performance in 2020 by offensive and defensive personnel package. Detailed individual stats for offensive linemen and defensive players. Extensive coverage of all 32 teams with week-by-week stats from the 2020 season, five-year performance trends, and analysis of off-season personnel changes. Exclusive 2021 predictions that give the odds on each team as a Super Bowl contender ... or a contender for the top pick in the 2022 draft. 2021 fantasy football projections for more than 500 skill position players based on the KUBIAK forecasting system. Breakdowns on the top 50 college football teams and full win-loss projections for all 130 Division I-A (FBS) teams. "A book that any self-respecting NFL fan needs to purchase." -- Bill Simmons, The Ringer.com "Football Outsiders has now built a system that has some serious traction behind it. I personally find it fascinating." -- John Schneider, General Manager, Seattle Seahawks "Exhausting, enlightening, surprising in many cases, and an absolute must-read if you like the NFL." -- Peter King, NBC Sports "Every summer, this book is my bible; it offers unique insights into all 32 teams' rosters and tendencies, as well as sharp analysis of league-wide trends. For serious fans of the game, The Football Outsiders Almanac is indispensable." -- Mina Kimes, ESPN "It's important for you, the working football fan, to know more about football than other football fans. The Football Outsiders Almanac will give you all the background knowledge you need to make your football-watching companions feel uninformed and inadequate." -- Drew Magary, Defector Media "Football is a nearly impossible game for even its most devout practitioners to understand. Football Outsiders is the best way I know to make it make sense." -- Will Leitch, New York Magazine

  • Author: Aaron Schatz
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 979-8534032932
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.19 x 11 inches

                 



6. Science of Strength Training: Understand the anatomy and physiology to transform your body


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

Is it time to lose weight, gain muscle, and speed up your metabolism? Discover the hard science needed to perfect each exercise and build your strongest body – at home or in the gym Packed with research that supports the notion that bodyweight exercises help you reach your weight and fitness goals, this simple to follow guide also gives you valuable insight into how nutrition and exercise can improve your health. Inside the pages of this strength training book, you’ll discover:    • The physiology and benefits of strength training     • Workout plans for beginners, enthusiasts, and personal trainers    • The hard dietary science that debunks common myths and important information to properly fuel your body    • Depictions of 33 exercises: how to do them, common mistakes, and the benefits of each Work towards your strength goals In this book, Author Austin Current takes readers through the science of strength training, weight loss, nutrition, and overall health. The book looks at why many people fear strength training, why they shouldn’t, and how they can incorporate it into their daily lives. Filled with CGI artwork and science-backed information, this exercise book will help you transform your body and improve your well-being.  Not only that, but this title also includes full workout plans and over 100 individual exercises. You’ll learn how your muscles engage at each stage, how to do movements properly and without injury, and it shows you different variations for home and gym. This book is also packed with nutritional information and includes dietary advice for vegans and vegetarians.  Discover more in the series  DK's Science of series dives into the science of various types of exercises such as weight training, running, and yoga. Each book discusses the benefits of the specific type of workout and how you can transform your outlook about health and fitness.  How The Book Works The first section — human physiology — introduces you to the wonder that is skeletal muscle and the mechanisms that underpin strength training’s demands on the body. It will help you understand how muscles work and grow, and how the resistance work stimulates muscles to develop strength and size, alongside its positive impacts on bones and connective tissue. It also explains how the body powers muscular work and shows you how to calculate your own daily macronutrient requirements. Lastly, you’re given an overview of the benefits to the brain, and the crucial role it plays in attitude and mental health. The second section — strength exercises — is devoted to a comprehensive collection of strength training exercises to perform, along with many variations offered to compliment your available training equipment, personal preferences, and level of challenge — at home or in the gym. Each exercise displays the muscles being used throughout the movement with detailed instruction on how to achieve proper form and technique; common mistakes are covered, too. The third section — preventing injury — explores common injuries related to resistance training, with explanations on how to avoid them and how to return to training if you do suffer an injury. A consistent and structured routine, including a proper warm-up, prepares the body for work, and the various mobility exercises and stretches given will help you tune in to how your body is responding to the training. The final section — how to train — outlines everything you need to know about the variables of effective strength training, such as training volume and fatigue management. Whether you want to build muscle, strength, or endurance, you’ll find an easy-to-follow program to suit, as well as alternatives for those wanting to workout more often. Then programs form the base of your training and can be adjusted in the months and years to come.

  • Author: Austin Current
  • Publisher: DK (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Exercise & Fitness
  • ISBN: 978-0744026955
  • Dimensions: 7.69 x 0.84 x 9.19 inches

                 

7. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

Completely revised and updated to address changes in technology and safety standards, this new edition is the definitive guide to the art and science of sailing. “The art of sailing, maneuvering, and preserving a ship or a boat in all positions and under all reasonable circumstances.” With the addition of the words, “and some unreasonable circumstances, too,” this definition of “seamanship” is as valid today as when the first edition of this book was published in 1983. The aim remains to advise you the sailor on essential gear, skills, and behavior that enhance your pleasure and safety. This edition of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship is an extensive update. Much of the text is new or revised, and there are many new photos. Throughout, the book stresses the skills and attitudes that comprise what the author calls “The Seamanship Ethos.” The first four chapters cover the boat, basic sailing skills, sail trim, and weather, with the first of many “Hands On” sections with their tips. The topics of health (including seasickness) and on board safety follow, with lessons learned from on-water tests and studies of boating accidents. We look closely at the elements of piloting, navigation, and electronics, including Digital Selective Calling, the US Coast Guard’s emergency communication system. Moving on to the arts of traditional seamanship—anchoring, heavy weather, and emergencies — there is much on modern equipment and skills, again based on experience. The book ends with boat maintenance and the traditions that make sailing the beloved pastime it is. Appendixes include best practices for protecting the marine environment and bringing up children under sail.

  • Author: John Rousmaniere
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 4th ed. edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1451650198
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.88 inches

                 

8. Every Shot Must Have a Purpose: How GOLF54 Can Make You a Better Player


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

As coaches to some of golf's top players, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have designed and refined a revolutionary way of teaching the game, with phenomenal results. They don't believe in prescribing the same stance, grip, and swing to everyone, followed by hours of purposeless drilling. They don't even believe in beginning with physical technique. Their success has proven to them that a great game begins with a great vision.   Unlike any other golf book, Every Shot Must Have a Purpose offers cutting-edge techniques for integrating the physical, technical, mental, emotional, and social parts of a player's game. Emphasizing the individual golfer rather than a rigid set of mechanics, their VISION54 method takes the frustration out of the game. Why 54? Because they believe it's possible to shoot a 54 (making a birdie on every hole of a par-72 course) if you have the right mindset and well-honed intuitive power. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Pia Nilsson
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides, Sports

                 

9. Fisherman's Ultimate Knot Guide | Best Fishing Knots on a Waterproof Fold Out Ruler


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

America's favorite fishing knot reference with over 350,000 sold. This Fisherman's Ultimate Knot Guide will serve you well whether you are a beginner to the sport of fishing or you would just like to have a portable how-to guide with you while out on the water. And being completely waterproof solid plastic means you can take them with you anywhere without worry - even in saltwater fishing. Plus, the handy fold-out twelve inch ruler feature can help settle arguments as to who's fish was bigger! This 3 card set is easy to understand with clear illustrations for the ten best knots for fishing. If it's on this card, it is a proven and trusted fishing knot! There are easy to follow simple step-by-step instructions for joining lines, tying lines to hooks, flies, etc., making loop knots and tying leader knots - every knot you need for a great day of fishing. Waterproof plastic cards attached with no-rust brass grommets. 10 most trusted fishing knots with easy to follow instructions. Portable, pocket size: 4¼ x 2¼ x 1/8 inch and durable solid plastic design. Most popular fishing knot reference in history. A great fisherman gift idea! The ten best fishing knots include: Improved Clinch Knot, Palomar Knot, Uni Knot, Surgeons Knot, Double Uni Knot, Nail Knot, Surgeons End Loop, Dropper Loop, Blood Knot and Perfection Loop. Every angler should have a set of these little fishing knot cards in their tackle box!

  • Author: John E. Sherry
  • Publisher: J E Sherry Company, Inc.; 12th edition (November 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Miscellaneous
  • ISBN: 978-0922273034
  • Dimensions: 2.75 x 0.25 x 7.25 inches

                 

10. Rules of Golf: A Handy Fast Guide to Golf Rules 2019 (Pocket Sized Edition)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Sports Reference - August 2021

Current for 2021-22. If you want to easily know the rules, then this book is for you. The most major changes in 30 years to the Rules of Golf went into effect on January 1, 2019 . This Guide is 4" x 6" edition to the Rules of Golf gives you a clear and quick overview of the Rules of Golf and the recent changes which most commonly come into play when you need a fast answer. This pocket-sized edition fits easily into your bag. Also available in 6" x 9" edition - Amazon Books (ASIN 1090649339). This book covers stroke and match play and is divided into 7 sections: Before Starting Play, Tee Area, General Area (Fairway & Rough, etc.), Relief in the General Area, Penalty Areas, Bunkers, and Greens. Some rules are repeated in several of the 7 sections for easy reference. The next several pages, “QUICK RULES SUMMARY” will answer most rule questions in seconds with more information shown in the page reference. You don’t have to remember all the rules if you keep this guide handy or on your phone for fast answers to rule questions. Happy golfing! Sincerely, Team Golfwell Tags: sports, sports book, sports gift, golf accessories, golf, golf club book, golf book, golf books for men, golf books for women, golf gifts for men, golf gifts for women, new golf rules, golf rules 2019, golf, rules of golf, golf rules, golf rulebooks, golf rule books, golf rule book, golf coaching, coaching golf, PGA tour, golf books, top golfers, rules of golf 2019 rc1 rc1

  • Author: Team Golfwell
  • Publisher: Independently published (April 9, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1092682534
  • Dimensions: 4 x 0.23 x 6 inches