In 1977, JOHN ANDRISANI, golf instructor and free-lance writer, left his native New York and moved to England after covering the Walker Cup Matches for Par Golf, a London-based monthly magazine. The venue for this biennial team competition, between amateur golfers from America and Great Britain & Ireland, was Shinnecock Hills; a golf course in Southampton, Long Island, close to the Atlantic Ocean and resembling a Scottish links, and a challenging layout not all that far from Bellport Country Club, another links-style course where Andrisani won his first two championships; the annual caddy tournament, at age 13, and junior golf championship, at age 15.
Living in Walton-on-Thames, in England’s county of Surrey, and joining Home Park Golf Club, located on the lip of Hampton Court, one of the favorite homes of King Henry VIII, Andrisani began working full-time as feature-editor for Men’s Wear magazine, a London-based weekly publication; all the time continuing to do free-lance feature writing work for Par Golf and, as well, profiling historical clubhouses and courses for The Surrey County Magazine.
In 1980, Andrisani began working, full-time, as assistant editor of Golf Illustrated, a London-based weekly publication and the world’s oldest golf magazine.
While working at Golf Illustrated, Andrisani edited the copy of contributing writers, wrote numerous news and feature stories on various subjects, including travel and equipment, and wrote instructional pieces, highlighted by a junior instructional series with Alex Lyle, the father/teacher/mentor of pro-golfer Sandy Lyle, who, ironically, Andrisani had met at the aforementioned Walker Cup, when Sandy was an amateur and just prior to his turning professional. Even more ironically, Sandy, who as a pro won two major championships, ended up playing a key role in John’s role as a writer of books, as you’ll read all about, shortly.
Humorous short stories by Andrisani – such as “What Is a Wife Fore?” and “Not Just a Gentleman’s Game” – all with a love twist, were also published in Golf Illustrated and later purchased for re-print by Golf Germany.
In 1982, Andrisani was still working at Golf Illustrated, considering a job offer from the Royal Bangkok Golf Club, to edit its members’only golf magazine, plus two lifestyle publications, when receiving a telegram from George Peper, editor of GOLF Magazine, requesting Andrisani return to New York and work for the publication.
Andrisani accepted Peper’s offer to come to 380 Madison Avenue in New York City, and work for GOLF Magazine as Instruction Editor, starting in November of ‘82.
Two years later, in 1984, Andrisani was promoted to Senior Editor of Instruction, with his major focus working with golf’s top teachers and tour professionals to develop innovative and helpful instructional cover stories and shorter how-to articles.
Over the years, while at GOLF Magazine, Andrisani’s creative skills and collaborative writings on golf technique, with such premier teachers as Jim McLean, Rick Smith, Butch Harmon, Dave Pelz, and David Leadbetter, plus instructional articles written with such PGA TOUR players as Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Johnny Miller, and Ray Floyd – all GOLF Magazine Playing Editors – sparked bestsellers on the newsstand.
In 1998, Andrisani was appointed Consulting Editor at GOLF Magazine, a position he held for one year before going out on his own, concentrating on free-lance work; namely, continuing to write books and magazine articles, as well as doing golf marketing and consulting work.
Andrisani has co-authored major instructional books with golf’s leading PGA Tour players, such as the bestselling Learning Golf: The Lyle Way with Sandy Lyle, former Masters and British Open champion, Natural Golf, a Book of the Month Club selection written with Severiano Ballesteros, a multiple major championship winner, and Grip It and Rip It! with John Daly, former PGA and British Open champion who in a chapter of his most recent book, Golf My Own Damn Way, pays homage to Andrisani’s skills as a talented instructional writer.
“After I won the PGA in 1991, I wrote a book called Grip It and Rip It!: John Daly’s Guide to Hitting the Ball Farther Than You Ever Have Before (HarperCollins, 1992) with John Andrisani,” said Daly, adding:
“Actually, ‘wrote a book’ isn’t 100 percent accurate. What I did was ‘talked a book’ with John Andrisani. The ideas were mine; John was responsible for making them make sense.
“John was then – and still is – one of the top golf writers in the business. He’s written a bunch of books with people like Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Fred Couples, and Butch Harmon, and another bunch of his own. I’d like to thank John once again for translating my notions about how to play this crazy game into passable English.”
Andrisani has also collaborated with the game’s best instructors on how-to golf books, most notably two best sellers: The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf with Claude “Butch” Harmon, one of Tiger Woods’ former instructors, and The Plane Truth for Golfers with popular pro-coach Jim Hardy.
Andrisani has also co-authored non-instruction books with other important names in the golf business, such as Mark Russell, head PGA Tour Rules’ official. Russell and Andrisani collaborated on the book Golf Rules Plain & Simple that also became a bestseller.
Andrisani, who has written some 34 books in all, and is recognized in Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America, has also authored books in his own name, such as the “hit” how-to instructional text, The Tiger Woods Way: Secrets to Tiger Woods’ Power-Swing Technique, and Think Like Tiger: An Analysis of Tiger Woods’ Mental Game; a book that broke the story of Tiger’s hypnosis and meditation, and how these sessions enhanced Tiger’s shot-creativity and repertoire, and, as well, a book that received impressive reviews from magazines and newspapers, most notably the prestigious Washington Post.
Andrisani’s most recent book, Hogan on the Green, analyzes the one-of-a-kind putting grip and putting techniques of legendary golfer Ben Hogan. Hogan’s superb putting skills, which allowed him to set course records and win tournaments and major championships, was overshadowed by his great swing and solid ball-striking. In this book, Andrisani dispels the Yips tag unfairly given to Hogan, just because he missed a couple of crucial putts during a long and successful career. What’s more, Andrisani analyzes the unique putting methods of one of golf’s greatest players, in the hope that golfers around the world who struggle on the greens will improve.
Andrisani has also served as the proposal writer, book consultant, and literary agent for several of today’s top golf instructors, most notably Jim McLean, honored on both the Golf Magazine and Golf Digest magazine Best Teachers lists.
Andrisani wrote the proposal and sold the book, The Eight Step Swing, by Jim McLean, and was consultant for McLean’s Golf Digest’s Ultimate Drill Book project.
In the realm of non-instruction books, Andrisani, who also represents first time authors, is most proud of serving as literary agent for Tripp Bowden. Bowden, Augusta National Golf Club’s only white caddy, in the days of black-only caddies, was mentored by the Club’s veteran Caddy Master, the late Freddie Bennett. Andrisani sold the book, entitled Freddie and Me, launching Bowden’s writing career, and with the film option now acquired, you can expect to see a movie based on the book in the near future. (On a related note, one of Andrisani’s non-instruction books, Golf Heaven, is about his experiences playing every golfer’s dream-course, Augusta National, and, too, the experiences of others from the world of sport, entertainment, business and finance… visiting and/or playing “Augusta” – yearly venue for the annual Masters Tournament – for the very first time.)
Andrisani’s popular instructional articles, travel and equipment pieces, humorous short stories, player-profiles, interviews, and feature stories, have appeared in golfing and non-golfing publications worldwide, including GOLF Magazine, Golf Tips, Golf Illustrated, Golf France, Golf Germany, Playboy and Diversion.
Additionally, Andrisani collaborated on a five-year instruction strip with two-time British Open winner and golf icon Greg Norman, featured in England’s Sunday Express newspaper.
Furthermore, Andrisani’s free-lance work has included writing golf series for the Sarasota and Gulfshore Life magazines, with an international presence also in Japan, writing instructional series for Golf Digest and Waggle magazines.
Former caddy champion, junior champion, course record holder, golf instructor, member of England’s prestigious Plus-Four Society, for four handicap and under golfers, and winner of the 1985 American Golf Writers’ Championship, Andrisani can still, on occasion, break par.
Andrisani has represented America three times, in matches against European golf writers; once in Scotland, and twice in Ireland, chalking up an all-wins record. Andrisani, by virtue of being on the winning team twice, in matches hosted by Ireland, earned an honorary lifetime membership to the very prestigious Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) in County Kerry. Andrisani is also an honorary member of Waterville Golf Links in Ireland.
In Florida, where Andrisani has resided since 1990, he has been a member of Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, home to many PGA TOUR pros, and Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota, a favorite of the great Bobby Jones, winner of golf’s original Grand Slam.
Andrisani has also played rounds of golf with several former number one ranked golfers, most notably Sandy Lyle and Severiano Ballesteros. Andrisani shot a two-under par score of 70, to Lyle’s 68, at England’s Hawkstone Park Golf Club, Sandy’s home course. Andrisani also shot 77 to Seve’s 74 at the Par 74 La Manga resort course in Alicante, Spain. Consequently, Andrisani is proud of the original signed scorecards he has showcased in his home.
(Andrisani has also teed the ball up with two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and shot-making virtuoso Chi Chi Rodriguez.)
Andrisani has played golf with Hollywood stars, too, most notably multiple Oscar winner Jack Nicholson who, like Andrisani, has a passion for vintage black and white photographs and collecting art.
Andrisani’s solid reputation in the field of golf instruction, as well as worldwide recognition, owing most to his books selling in many different countries, was raised to an even higher level when, during his longtime stint as senior instruction editor of GOLF Magazine, Andrisani named the 50 Best Teachers in America (1991) and, later, with two editorial colleagues, the Top 100 (1996).
Throughout his career, Andrisani has been interviewed live on radio over 200 times, and appeared as a featured guest on Golf Channel, as well as been profiled in national magazines and newspapers, based inside and outside the United States.
One of Andrisani’s most recent projects includes writing instructional pieces about golf teacher, par excellence, Todd Graves, and his single-plane teaching method.
Graves, who gave Andrisani a most memorable “driving lesson,” has the distinction of being the first instructor to solve the mystery of Moe Norman’s perfect swing; a technique that enabled this eccentric Canadian golf professional to earn the reputation among golf’s greatest players, including Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, and Lee Trevino, as the all-time most solid ball-striker and accurate shot-maker. So it should come as no surprise that during his career Moe, employing the Single Plane Swing, he invented, won 55 tournaments, set 33 course records, scored a hole-in-one 17 times, and shot 59 three times!
Graves shares his secrets for employing Moe’s “Single Plane Swing” in books, booklets, an E-book, DVD, and at golf schools around the country.
Andrisani, a Florida resident, is, as of August 7, 2019, nearing completion of a new book – Enjoy Golf! – in which will be revealed the true secret to golf. Readers of Andrisani’s new website – andrisanibooks.com – will be first to hear of the book’s official pub-date.
“I promise this book will shake up the golf world and surprise even the most savvy and seasoned golf aficionados,”