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`LITTLE BLACK BOOK' CAN'T COMPARE WITH PENICK'S LITTLE RED NUMBER

Question: I have seen a golf book called "The Little Black Book" by Byron Nelson. I have already bought a book by Harvey Penick, "The Little Red Book," which I enjoyed a lot. Have you read the book by Byron Nelson? If so, do you think I should buy it, too?"

Answer: I received "The Little Black Book" by Byron Nelson as a gift, so I have read it. However, I was really disappointed by this book compared to the Penick books (he also wrote "And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend"). The Penick books were based on a journal that Penick kept concerning his thoughts on the golf swing and about teaching golf. I was so impressed with his "Little Red Book" that I bought the video tape of the book, which featured Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. The information in both the book and the video tape was helpful to me in terms of understanding the golf swing and I was impressed with Penick's insight into golf based on his many years of teaching.

The book by Byron Nelson, on the other hand, is based on brief notes he made in a "black book" while he was on the PGA tour in which he recorded only the tournaments he played, the scores he shot and the amount of money he made. This is interesting information if you are a history buff and you may enjoy it just for the information about the amount of money players won on the tour when Byron Nelson started playing.

He did add a few paragraphs from other great players, who described some of their experiences with him in different tournaments. He also added comments about playing from his memory of the time. But there were no swing insights that he had recorded as he developed his game or golf philosophy that he had recorded. I think that you would be disappointed in the information contained in the book if you buy it to help you understand the swing.

Question: I'm a dessert hound but also want to keep the amount of fat down in my diet. Can you give me some guidelines to help?

Answer: I buy low-fat or no-fat yogurt to satisfy my sweet tooth. I usually buy a vanilla flavor to which I can add fruit or granola to increase the bulk and nutritional value. Too many of the yogurts have candies, swirls and cookie chunks that add calories and, in some cases, fat. Be sure that you look at the nutrition information on the side. You can buy really tasty yogurts with less than 2 grams of fat per serving.

You can make really good tasting shakes using a blender. My brother uses frozen bananas and skim milk with a little flavoring of some kind for a creamy, low-fat shake.

I ran across another recipe by Dr. Liz Applegate in the most recent Runner's World (August 1995) that sounded really good: Use 3 small ice cubs, 2 sliced and pitted apricots, 1/2 papaya (frozen in chunks), 1/2 mango (frozen in chunks), 1/2 cup carrot juice and 1 tablespoon honey. Add the ingredients (except for honey) to a blender in the order listed, then blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Add honey and blend a few more seconds. Serve in a frosted glass.

You can try different fruit combinations such as guava-pineapple-banana, or strawberry-raspberry-orange. Whichever fruits you use, be sure they are ripe and clean, and cut them into 1- to 2-inch squares.