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    1. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals
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    2. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
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    3. Golf Annika's Way
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    4. Understanding the Golf Swing
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    5. Clinical Sports Medicine,Revised
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    6. Triathlon Training in Four Hours
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    7. Men's Health Home Workout Bible:
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    8. Golf for Dummies
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    9. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge
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    10. The Golfer's Mind : Play to Play
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    11. Scrawny to Brawny : The Complete
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    12. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
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    13. The Bowflex Body Plan
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    14. Search for the Perfect Golf Club
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    15. The Dr. Bob Rotella CD Collection
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    16. Dave Pelz's Putting Bible
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    17. Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental
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    18. The Lance Armstrong Performance
    19. The Keys to the Effortless Golf
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    20. Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book:

    1. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
    by Ben Hogan
    list price: $12.00
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    Asin: 0671612972
    Catlog: Book (1985-09-20)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 1547
    Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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    Ben Hogan's premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: "THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80." Religions are founded on less, and Hogan's detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library. ... Read more

    Reviews (78)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The authoritave book on the basics
    As a kid I took a few lessons from a top notch instructor, and I always found it helpful to think back and swing the way he taught me. Now in my early 40's, after years of infrequent play and bad advice, I lost my game. I read Hogan's book, and realized that it was the Hogan method - grip, stance, everything - that I was taught as a kid. This book was a godsend.

    Hogan doesn't just tell you what to do, he explains why. He shows how to make the basic REPEATING swing that can be used with ALL clubs, driver through PW. This makes the game so simple. You can use this book to quickly learn the correct swing, and confidently hit a good shot every time because you know you are doing it the right way. This lets you think less and less about swinging mechanics and more and more about strategy, and the game becomes immensely more pleasurable.

    Put this book and a 9 iron by your bedstand, practice as you read it, and you will find youurself hitting with more confidence and consistency after the first chapter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource to learn golf fundamentals
    Ben Hogan goes over, step by step, the fundamentals of a solid golf swing. Hogan is regarded as one of the all time greats of golf (one of only four golfers to win all the major championships (Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Jack Nicklaus are the others)). His attention to detail in this book is absolutley incredible. He covers the proper grip, stance, swing plane and everything else for perfect mechanics. There are few people today who would question the value of this book since Hogan's swing ranks as one of the all time greatest swings in the history of golf. This book may be slightly advanced for the beginner. Bryan McDonald Apple Computer 7 Handicap

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great book - If you've got a Hook
    This classic is an exceptional, readable, and all-encompassing study of the golf swing. I learned much about my swing studying this book. The only problem I encountered was none of the information was very relavant to me or the vast majority of golfers who suffer from a slice.

    Ben Hogan had a strong hook and much of this book includes his corrections to overcome this deficit and straighten out his swing. However, for the slicer, these corrections do the opposite - my slice was worse than ever after following Hogan's advice and I couldn't correct it.

    An excellent book, for starters or as a follow-on to Hogan's "Five Lessons", is Leadbetter's "The Fundamentals of Hogan". Leadbetter reviews the Hogan swing, then tells why it doesn't work for most (Hogan was double-jointed, Hogan was correcting his hook, etc.) and what you should really do. After Leadbetter, I did straighten out my swing.

    Both books break the swing down into 5 parts: Grip, Stance, Backswing, Downswing, Summary.

    While Hogan's book was groundbreaking and certainly deserves a read, if you want to learn a basic swing, Leadbetter's is far more encompassing and just as readable.

    2-0 out of 5 stars These people sound like golf infomercials.
    There's only so much you can learn from a book. Ben Hogan basically invented the modern golf swing but I think lessons would be more helpful. Save your money and go play a round or two, its the best way to improve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Instant Game Improvement
    Not to be too overly gushy but this book revolutionized my golf game. I have shot in the 100+ range my entire life (35) and after reading this book a few times and practicing the techniques at the range I instantly started to shoot in the 90's. His instruction is simple to understand and the pictures are a great help to visualize the actions. I know refer back to this book at least once a month if my swing starts to get out of whack. It is the best $10.00 you will ever spend on your game. ... Read more

    2. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
    by Lou Schuler, Ian King
    list price: $35.00
    our price: $23.10
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    Asin: 1579547699
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-17)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 2475
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    You might think that the subtitle, "The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body," is hyperbole, but The Book of Muscle from Men's Health delivers as promised. Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion Ian King and Men's Health fitness director Lou Schuler cover everything you want to know about your muscles and what makes themgrow, complete with dietary recommendations, exercises for every muscle group, and exercise routines. Each muscle group is illustrated and discussed, with 149 pages of clearly described, well-photographed exercises using a variety of equipment. A section on workout routines helps you put together your own program, from beginner to advanced.

    Schuler's guy-talk style makes the book enjoyable to read, even on days when you have no intention of going to the gym. The artistic drawings of muscle groups, full-color photographs of beginning and ending positions of every exercise, and stunning close-ups of buffed body parts make The Book of Muscle is as beautiful as it is practical and motivating, an exceptional gift for the fitness guy in your life, and well worth the price. Highly recommended for men wanting to get in shape or stay there. --Joan Price ... Read more

    Reviews (27)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most informative and extensive fitness publication I've seen
    Lou Schuler and Ian King take extensive scientific information, put it in easy to understand language, and equip the average fitness enthusiast with all the tools needed to achieve his training goals.

    This book gives readers a basis in the physiology of building muscle, and then, body part by body part, gives full descriptions and illustrations of exercises to build the body you want. Excellent workouts for beginners or more advanced lifters.

    With it's pages of full colour photos and illustrations, interesting presentation, and depth of information, The Men's Health Book of Muscle is easily one of the most comprehensive fitness resources I've come across.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Jam packed
    I have read this book from cover to cover and I'm amazed at the sheer content and concise format in which it was presented. It reads easy so that even a novice can understand the terminology and the advanced lifter will even gain valuable information. The workouts are simply some of the best that I've ever done in my 15 years of lifting experience, and I haven't come across even one yet that can't be completed in an hour or less. Not only does the book layout fantastic workouts, but it gives the reader a plethora of outstanding exercise examples with progressive pictorals in many cases. I am now armed with some of the best information available out there regarding lifting AND nutrition. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's serious about gaining strength, mass or just plain wanting to look good on the beach this summer. Your lifting library should NOT be devoid of The Book Of Muscle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Any Fitness Library
    As the Fitness Editor for Men's Fitness magazine, I've read more fitness books than I care to remember. It's how I make my living. And I can honestly say that The Book of Muscle is one of the best fitness books ever written. Let me just say that I have no personal investment in this book. In fact, you'll notice that it's published by my competition. But I believe in directing the public to quality material--and this book fits the bill and then some. I have known Schuler and King personally for years, and can attest that they're tops in the fitness biz.

    Because of my job, I think I can say with some authority that the writing is superb. Schuler makes complicated physiology seem simple. But let me put it in perspective: I have a master's degree in exercise science, and I wish that this book would have been available when I was in graduate school. It would have saved me hours of boring textbook reading--and I would have learned MORE!

    Just as important, Schuler's co-author, Ian King, is known in my circles as one of the best strength coaches in the world. And he backs that reputation up with the highly effective, cutting-edge training programs that are presented in this book.

    I highly recommend The Book of Muscle to anyone who wants to:

    *Understand the science of building muscle--from the basic functions of each of your major muscles to the secrets of increasing their rate of growth.
    *Learn how to do over 100 exercises with perfect form.
    *Have at your fingertips months' worth of expertly designed workouts from one the world's leading fitness authorities, Ian King.

    So for what it's worth, consider this my professional opinion. I hope it's useful to you.

    Adam Campbell
    Fitness Editor
    Men's Fitness

    1-0 out of 5 stars TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
    I was unimpressed by every aspect of this book.

    The writing's sloppy, the information is basic and (where it stretches) suspect, the photography is so so '70s, the design non-existent.

    Buy a set of dumbbells instead of this book. It's an infinitely better investment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book
    In many respects this is the perfect first book for someone looking to get into regular exercise. More than most other books in the genre, this one seems to have more than a modicum of scientific understanding backing it. The first sections set the tone, going over the actual science of muscles, why they get bigger, and how. The authors know their audience, though, and don't overdo the science. However, if you are going to lift weights then you need some level of understanding of what things work and why. This first section gives you that. I personally would have liked to see more scientific detail and references but understand that that probably would alienate large chunks of their target audience.

    After that primer you get introduced to the major muscles and the exercises that target them. There are also sections on diet, warming up, and stretching. While none of these sections are comprehensive, and many have been done better elsewhere, they are done well enough here that it makes the book a viable one stop shop for beginners.

    Before you rush out and buy this, though, there are few caveats.

    One, the book does not cater to the home exerciser. Depending on how well stocked your home gym is and how creative you are with coming up with replacement exercises this might not be a big deal, but the exercises DO assume access to barbells, dumbbells, and a machine.

    Two, some of the exercise descriptions are lacking detail or, in a few cases, plain wrong. The upright row, for instance, shows a form -- bringing your elbows way above parallel -- that most trainers and researchers caution against because it causes shoulder injury in many people. I would expect the world's most authoritative guide to at least mention this.

    Three, the routines provided sometimes leave me scratching my head. They give a cadence for things like the push up hold. The description of this exercise says to "hold the position for the specified period of time" yet the actual routines don't specify a period of time. Am I supposed to hold for 3 seconds or 30 or 90? Who knows?

    Four, the routines -- at least early on -- take far too long and seem more like overtraining than training. In "Phase One" King prescribes circuit training and by week three you're supposed to be doing this circuit 2-3 times per day, three days a week. I found that doing the circuit twice took me over an hour. Doing it a third time would have pushed me well over 90 minutes of exercise. Throw in warm up and post-work out stretching and you're looking at a solid two hours. This is for "beginners" and they're supposed to do it three times a week.

    Later on in "Phase One" King piles even more work on that. Not only are you supposed to do each circuit 2-3 times, you're supposed to do 2-3 reps of each exercise. In week 6, if you do the minimum number of reps, the minimum number of sets, the minimum number of circuits, all with the minimum recommended resting the whole thing will take you 93 minutes. Do that three times a week. This is for "beginners".

    While I like the workouts I think this kind of time commitment is more likely to lead to overtraining rather than useful gains. Admittedly later on it looks like King scales back the time requirements but you have to persevere through 8 weeks of workouts that are easily 90 minutes in length. ... Read more

    3. Golf Annika's Way
    by Annika Sorenstam, Golf Magazine
    list price: $30.00
    our price: $18.00
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    Asin: 1592400760
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-21)
    Publisher: Gotham
    Sales Rank: 2040
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    Book Description

    Annika Sorenstam is the world’s greatest woman golfer—a dominant force in the game who hasalready captured a career Grand Slam and become the all-time LPGA money leader. Her rigorousmental and physical dedication has changed the face of her sport, and her fierce determinationand unparalleled preparation have won her tournaments and fans the world over. In 2003, shemade international headlines by becoming the first woman in more than fifty years to play againstmen in a professional event, bringing her trademark game and competitiveness to a whole newlevel.

    Now for the first time Annika takes you inside her extraordinary success and shows every golferhow to play and win like a pro. She breaks down the fundamentals of her game and shares herwinning course strategies in one complete, easy-to-follow instruction book.

    Golf Annika’s Way features:

    •All you need to know about how to use every club in the bag, from fairway woods to shortirons to the putter
    • The secrets of the power behind her potent swing, from the essentials of grip and posture to herunconventional form on the follow-through
    • Hundreds of full-color photos, including high-speed shots that capture the elements of Annika’spowerful swing frame-by-frame in a foldout spread
    • An insider look at the unique weight training and dietary regimen Annika has developed forbuilding a stronger physique—and a longer drive

    Filled with insights and stories from throughout her colorful career, Golf Annika’sWay gives you priceless advice from a champion’s perspective. It’s a must-have forAnnika’s millions of fans—and men and women golfers of all ages and skill levels whowant to lower their scores on the course and bring their game to the next level. ... Read more

    4. Understanding the Golf Swing
    by Manuel De LA Torre
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    Asin: 1886346518
    Catlog: Book (2001-06)
    Publisher: Warde Publishers
    Sales Rank: 37121
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Understanding the Golf Swing will show you a different, simpler approach to the golf swing.Manuel de la Torre, twice named by Golf Magazine as one of the top 100 golf instructors in America is the leading modern day proponent of Ernest Jones’ Swing Principles method of golf instruction. The book includes a passionate Foreword by Carol Mann, Member LPGA, Hall of Fame.

    The de la Torre (and Jones) system presents a simpler approach to the golf swing, the emphasis being on the development of a true swinging motion, devoid of energy robbing leverage. In this view, “if the club is used properly the body movements take care of themselves.” This simple statement has the power to bring aobut profound improvements in your game.

    While presenting a simpler approach to the golf swing, the book is also a comprehensive resource for all levels of golfer, from the beginner to the professional. It includes:

    • The most thorough analysis of ball flights found in any golf instructional book.

    • Detailed discussion of special shot play, including sand play, pitching, chipping, putting, and playing unusual shots.

    • Coverage of the mental site of golf, effective course management, and a formula for taking your best practice tee shots to the golf course. ... Read more

    Reviews (28)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tested in Golf School
    Having attended his seminars and studied his teachings for two years, we revised our golf school's curriculm to comply fully with Manuel's approach to the game. Students are relieved by its simplicity and delighted by its effectiveness. As opposed to the typical golf description that is too often dispensed for teaching the game, we call his work "poetry of golf instruction." It is brief, vivid, and gets the job done.

    From a discipline that comes from 60 years of teaching, Manuel is very careful with his words and that pays big dividends when reading his book. All of our students buy the book and find it to be a valuable reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Swing back with the hands and down with the upper arms.
    Manuel de la Torre has written a wonderful golf book. His simple method really is simple and it makes so much sense. A number of the reviews here have described this swing as swinging the clubhead over your shoulder with your hands and the club down with you arms. However, de la Torre defines arms as the upper arms and says that the forearms should not take over. I found this very helpful as when I focus on swinging the club down with the upper arms I don't cast or come over the top. When I focus on my arms rather than my upper arms I have problems much more often.

    Being able to focus on a simple method to swing correctly rather than on what "mistake" I made is great. If I have a poor shot I simply focus on swinging as de la
    Torre recommends rather than trying to figure out what I did wrong. This book is worth reading more than once as there are some subtleties to his simple swing that are worth understanding.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Former Apprentice
    I worked for Manuel at MCC in 1996, which was my second season as a PGA Apprentice. Prior to that, I had heard mixed reviews about his concept. I asked him to help me with my swing, a sorry 6 HCP at the time, so that I could pass the Player Ability Test, PAT, and move forward in the program. He graciously allowed me to take lessons from him on his "sacred" practice tee. And he allowed me to observe him working with students from beginners to Tour professionals. I have never witnessed anything more awesome in golf instruction than his ability to diagnose and prescribe and then communicate. He possesses a style and skill like no other person I have met. We asked Manuel to write a book like so many before me had asked. He told us how difficult it was to organize and present the concept in a way that would be effective and entertaining enough for people to want to buy. He was working on it at age 75 in his mind. He finally finished it and we should all thank him like we all have thanked Harvey Penick, Ernest Jones, Percy Boomer, and Tommy Armour. This is a book for ALL players. It will take you into a new and powerful "zone" mentally. And free you from the mechanical thoughts so many of us are trapped in. After working with his concept for one summer, usually at night after a 14 hour day, I was able to experience a repeating swing and shotmaking ability that allowed me to come within one shot of obtaining my PAT during that one year. I only want to say that all of us should read and study this concept. "Thank You" to Manuel for his tremendous work. I think it is a masterpiece as do many who have learned from him including Tommy Aaron, Carol Mann, Bobby Brue, Martha Nause, Patricia Kimball, Sherri Steinhauer, and my fellow assistants Bob Pudlock, Mike and Kris. I pray that Manuel will be selected to the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in the next few years for all of our sakes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic from the "swing the clubhead" school
    I think this book is a classic and I recommend also getting the companion DVD; however it does belong to the small muscle swing theory school - an approach that some disagree with. The small muscle school emphasizes the swing through the smaller muscles of the hand and arms rather than the large muscles of the legs, back, hips and trunk.

    De La Torre's swing thought is that you swing back the club with your hands over your right shoulder (you DON'T lift the club as another reviewer erroneously remarked) and then swing forward with the upper arms (the portion of the arm between the shoulder and elbow). The rest of the body should move in response to that action. For example, you don't concern yourself with the weight shift. If you swing properly (as De La Torre defines it) and your body is responsive then you will shift your weight naturally and in proper rhythem.

    I found this to be a great help because it removes the complication of trying to time the weight shift to the actions of the swing - and it works.

    For me.

    But I have noticed that just about every golf instruction book works for someone for some length of time. In the end the secret of the golf swing is to learn the proper feel of the true swinging action and to be able to replicate that feel with consistency. Everyone's path to learning that feel will differ because we are all individuals.

    Still, De La Torre's work follows in the footsteps of one of the pioneers of swing theory - Ernest Jones. This book and the companion DVD is a great followup to his original theory and anyone who is interested in learning the swing should definitely study this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
    I was expecting a fundamental approach to golf, not here. I did not find any practical knowledge to apply to my own game. If you looking for a story buy this book, if your looking for help with your hogan...... ... Read more

    5. Clinical Sports Medicine,Revised 2nd Edition
    by Peter Brukner, Karim Khan, NOT AN AUTHOR
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: 0074711083
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-30)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company Australia
    Sales Rank: 180080
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Thouroughly revised, with extended scope and depth, this text describes a completely symptom-oriented, integrated multidisciplinary approach to treating office and sideline problems. This anchor text in sports medicine belongs on the desk of anyone who treats leisure sportsmen and pro team players alike. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource
    The second edition (2001) of this work is indeed an outstanding resource. My daily work includes imaging of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. I find this book frequently useful to supplement deficiencies in my knowledge and experience, and a most useful companion to the second edition (2001) of "Musculoskeletal Ultrasound" by Marnix van Holsbeeck and Joseph Introcaso.

    Highly recommended as a workbench resource to those interested in imaging of sports injuries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for physical therapists - incredible value
    This is an astounding book. When was the last time you saw a 900+ page hard cover book packed with useful photographs and excellent line drawings...The practical advice in this book is unparalleled. No wonder it is an international best-seller. It arrived quickly and well packed from Amazon. Keep up the good work and thanks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Sports Medicine Book I've Ever Used!
    The Second edition of Clinical Sports Medicine is the best reference book I have come across as an athletic therapist and professional fitness and lifestyle consultant. I find it very easy to navigate with great illustrations and information. The references are all very recent and evidence-based so you feel confident in following the authors' recommendations. It is particularly good value at 67 US dollars - most hardcover books of this size are about twice that price. The corresponding website has updated information, including relevant published papers, which I find quite helpful also. These authors have really done a fabulous job of classifying sports medicine information in a logical and easy-to-use format. I highly recommend it to anyone in the sports, fitness, and/or health fields!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd edition already a big hit
    Author review (sorry about the 5 stars, I couldn't submit without entering something there!)

    The 2nd edition (2001) is now readily available world-wide. It contains 7 new chapters and every chapter has been fully updated. It contains practical guidelines for shoulder pain management (with Ben Kibler), new management of anterior knee pain (with Jenny McConnell)and guidelines as to how to teach pelvic stability for patients in treatment of back pain. It includes a complete update of management of tendon injuries incorporating recent advances in treatment (with Jill Cook, Hakan Alfredson, etc). Medical chapters include updates on drugs in sport, managing heat illness and ethics in sport. Large, practical chapters describe sports medicine care for the female athlete, the pediatric athlete, the disabled athlete and seniors. At less than $...dollars, this 918 page hard-cover 2nd edition, with over 900 illustrations, is extremely good value. We would argue the best value of any clinical sports medicine text, and this is reflected by this edition selling almost 10,000 copies already.

    The clinical sports medicine website (...) has the full table of contents and the first 2 pages of another 8 chapters. Also, it has a complete chapter that can be downloaded (Achilles pain) and a large chunk of the shoulder pain chapter. There are additional references with weblinks on the 'reading room' icon. This site has direct links to for ordering etc. If you are a physical therapist, athletic trainer, massage therapist, or primary care physician you will be most interested in the website.

    The New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine recently reviewed this edition and said 'The world's best sports medicine book just got better'....Check it out for yourself!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical book for clinicians
    This very practical book that uses symptom-oriented chapters to provide very helpful guidance to anyone who sees sports medicine patients. It is useful for physical therapists (like me) but my colleagues who are doctors and masseurs also use it. I thoroughly recommend it and find its illustrations of physical examination particularly useful. ... Read more

    6. Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week
    by Eric Harr
    list price: $18.95
    our price: $13.26
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    Asin: 1579547486
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-16)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 3821
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The Transforming Power of Triathlon

    Training for a triathlon will get you in the best shape of your life, not to mention give you a new and exciting fitness pursuit. More than that, it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

    In 1994, when Eric Harr decided to train for his first triathlon in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the extent of his exercise was walking to the local mango stand for lunch. That one simple step set in motin dozens of other positive steps. Eric began eating better, had more energy, and grew more sensitized to the joys of everyday life.

    You hold in your hands the key to unlocking a healthy, passion-filled life. All the motivation and practical advice you need to train for and finish a triathlon is within these pages.

    Four separate training programs to accommodate every fitness level

    A complete list of all the gear you need, with money-saving tips on how to get it for less

    A 40-minute stretch-and-strenghten workout you can do at home--plus an abbreviated 10-minute workout for those days when you're pressed for time

    A complete menu plan with delicious, healthy meal choices to fuel your active body

    Strategies to stay motivated and injury-proof your body

    Discounts on triathlon gear, race entry fees, travel expenses and lodging

    A minute-by-minute guide to your race day
    ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars So, SO Much More Than a Triathlon Training Guidebook
    I have been reading Eric Harr's column in The New York Daily News for many months now. I am a very big fan of his, so I decided to pick up his new book, even though I have no aspirations to finish a triathlon. I knew there would still be lots of information in there for me. That's because he always writes for a wide audience; he makes things apply to us all. That's why I love his writing.

    I was right.

    Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week is indeed a book any person will benefit from. It has something for everyone, even those who do not want to do a triathlon. For example, it lays out 20 common excuses one might give not to do a triathlon ("not enough time," "too overweight," etc) and then Eric Harr provides compelling solutions to those a way that applies to us all. I love this man.

    Eric Harr has a remarkable ability to make it sound it like he just sitting next to you coaching you through this. His book is motivational yet extremely easy to read as well being personal. He has given us a gift by writing this book.

    The workouts and the philosophy in the book DO work and not merely because of the dietary guidelines and workout schedules. Eric Harr's philosophy can and will change your life if you take it to heart.

    The only problem I have is with the title: Triathlon Training. Of course, it's a great book for that, but this book is so much more than a triathlon book! It's an AMAZING GUIDE!! It's packed with important wit and wisdom about health, nutrition, stretch training, aerobic workouts AND living life to the fullest, bonding more with your friends and family, being more confident and having more fun. I do like the back cover saying "The Transforming Power of Triathlon."

    I am buying copies for everyone I know. If they decide to "take the leap" and do a triathlon, great. If not, they will love this amazing guide to living a happier, healthier, fitter, more enriching life.

    This is a stellar book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much More Than Meets the Eye
    This book should be titled "Training to Live a Better Life (by Doing a Triathlon)" The author talks about excuses we all give about fitness -- and how to overcome them. He explains how to use exercise to live a better life, rather than simply burn calories. He advises you to view workouts as a golden opportunity to "bond" with those you love every week. He explains how, when you finish your triathlon, mentoring others can be rewarding for you...and for them. He provides inspirational stories about people who did this and how it transformed "much more than their waistline." There is also tons of nuts-and-bolts information in this book, too: how to choose the right running shoe, how to avoid injuries, how to get properly fit on your bike, how to execute the proper swim stroke, how to choose gear without over-spending, how to eat, how to lose fat, etc, etc, etc.

    I believe triathlon is going to be taken up by hundreds of thousands of Americans because of this book. And we need that right now. Nice work, Mr. Eric Harr. And thank you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great 1st Tri manual
    I just finished my first triathlon this month, used this book to get me started and keep me motivated. It has different training levels for different people, great workouts and stretches, even advice for what to eat while training. There's also a bunch of inspirational stories and reminders which are very helpful for novices. Great raceday tips and checklists too! Like some of the other readers, I used this book to get me started and now i'm searching for more triathlons!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book Didn't Just Change My Life...It SAVED My Life!
    I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, after being overweight and eating too much sugar for years. This was a devastating blow to me, emotionally and physically.

    My doctor actually suggested I pick up a copy of Eric Harr's book -- to work my way slowly back to exercise. I began with the basic, Level I program in the book and it was a nice, gradual process. I am feeling so good these days. My doctor says my "good cholesterol" is up and "bad" is down. I've lost 14 pounds and I am aiming for my first triathlon in 3 weeks.

    I feel like Eric Harr's book has saved my life, because I used to hate exercise and I always ate poorly. Now, I'm on a new track because of this book. I can feel myself LIVING again.

    If you want to change your life -- and have fun learning how to be healthy again -- buy this book. It is a lifesaver.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    This is the perfect book for the beginning triathlete or even the recreational/working triathlete. The book focuses more on using your head for training instead of joining your local running club for sprint sessions, and I can claim to that. A clydesdale swimmer for 12 years, I was suddenly lapping everyone by the 'chest push' advice and felt like I was cruising in the water with little effort. The book focuses on spiritual efficiency, and building on what you can do with your god given abilities rather than a mentality of tendon crunching, muscle wrenching, lung bloating and crying god training. ... Read more

    7. Men's Health Home Workout Bible: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 1579546579
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-09)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 3704
    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Get bigger biceps, broad shoulders, a bigger bench press, powerful legs, cut abs . . .
    without ever leaving your home!

    The body you want, in the space you have.
    The strength you want, with the equipment you have.
    The muscles you want, in the time you have.

    You don't need to join a gym to get in shape. In fact, for a lot of guys, the gym is an impediment to getting in shape. The crowds, the inconvenience, the intimidation, the time, the commute-- by the time you add it all up, you could end up investing 2 hours to get 45 minutes of exercise.

    No matter how little space you have, no matter how little equipment you have, no matter how little time you have, you can get the results you want without stepping inside a gym.

    The Men's Health Home Workout Bible gives you...

    * Four full-body muscle plans:
    The Body Weight Plan
    The Dumbbell Plan
    The Barbell Plan
    The Multistation-Machine Plan

    * Custom training plans for strength, fat loss, aerobic fitness, and sports performance

    * Buying advice for weights, benches, machines, cardio equipment, and exercise videos

    * Complete guidelines for turning your home into a state-of-the-art fitness center

    With beginner, intermediate, and advanced full-body workouts for each type of equipment, The Men's Health Home Workout Bible gives you more than 400 exercises altogether, photographed and fully described. From pushups to power cleans, from crunches to jump squats, we show you how to get more muscle and strength at home, whether you're a complete beginner or a competitive athlete.

    The Men's Health Home Workout Bible is a personal trainer, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for home (or gym) weight training
    This book has everything you need to know to develop a successful weightlifting program without spending $1,000-$3,000 on equipment.

    I just got this book in the mail yesterday and even though I got home late, I couldn't put it down. I have been running, cycling and XC skiing for almost a year with the aid of the Covert Bailey books, and I recently brought out my old 80-lb. weight set from Christmas 1985. I was using the manual that came with the weights and a Bowflex training guide from the Internet to develop a workout that reached all of the muscles. I was sure going about it the wrong way.

    The book first explains all of the muscles in-depth, even giving examples of motions that show their use. Then comes the equipment section beginning with items you already have in your house (milk jugs) up to thousand-dollar equipment. They help you identify your goals and discuss training plans to achieve them.

    The next sections include exercises (beginner, intermediate, advanced) for ALL the muscle groups in your body sorted by equipment type: body-weight only, dumbbells, barbells, and multistation-machines. If you have a combination like me (body weight, dumbbells, barbells - investment of $250) there is a chapter on using them together. At the end there are actual charts of exercises for you to use. I am putting together a program for myself and am looking forward to increased effectiveness in my weight training.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Home Workout Book Available
    It's about time someone came up with a book that caters to the person who wants to get in shape and build muscle in the comfort of their home. The author explains there's no difference if you workout at a gym or at home, if you put in the effort, you'll get results. In the first part of the book, the muscles of the upper bodyand lower body are explained to youin easy to understand language and often quite humorous. Then, they explain the free weight equipment,dumbells, barbells, plates, benches, squatracks, powerracks, etc. Basically, what you have to spend and your fitness goals will determine which equipment you purchase. I don't agree with their opinion when they say buy an olympic 300 weight set. A regular non olympic set will do just as well. In my workout patio, I have a bench with leg curl-extension, incline, dip attachment, butterfly,preacher, and cable attachment. Also, a combination chin-bar and dip station and 2 barbells, 2 pairsof adjustable dumbells, an easy curl bar, hooks for the dumbells, aswissball, and over 400 lbs of weightplates. This book has excellent pictures of the exercises for the various bodyparts. Everything is easy to understand and tell's it like it is. There are sample routines for the beginner as well as the advanced trainers out there. The author also recommends using the sample workout logs in the book that you can photocopy.Working out at home has many advantages, no waiting, no egos, workout whenever you want, etc. Ifyou workout home, this is the bok for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better then the gym
    If there is anyone out there like me who ever felt that to get a good workout or a full workout was to get a membership at a gym and pay $40/mo. This book has it all. I never knew how to get a full body workout with just a bench, barbell and dumbbell. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone that likes to workout. I plan on buying all my friends this book.

    Lots of pictures for each workout and lots of info to help put it all together.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
    What a great piece of work! This book is well laid out and very easy to follow. The authors go over anatomy and explain what various muscles do and the best way to develop them. The authors use speak a layman's terms so that everything is easily understood.

    I highly recommend this book. It is a God-send for someone like me -- a busy corporate professional who is married with a toddler-aged child. When you can work out a home, there are no excuses. Just get off your butt and get busy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent with a few flaws
    This book gets high marks for making explicit what its goal is -- home workouts -- and then delivering on that. While the focus is on home workouts, it offers enough information to be useful as your primary workout book, regardless of venue. The authors offer divide the exercises into major sections, depending on what kind of equipment you have at your disposal: no weights at all (i.e. use bodyweight only and makeshift weights from things found around the house), dumbbells, barbells, and exercise machine. This is great because it makes it easy to come up with a temporary workout plan for that week you're on vacation and don't have access to your normal equipment. They tell you how to create a workout plan, taking full advantage of periodization. They include tons of exercises for you to pick from when constructing your plan. If you don't feel up to creating your own plan they offer several pre-made ones with different focuses.

    It isn't perfect, however, there is certainly room for improvement. When discussing individual exercises I wish they did a better job of showing how the variations affect what parts of the muscle are exercised. For instance, I think that hammer curls are supposed to work your biceps differently than standard curls but there is no mention of that kind of thing in most exercises. That inclusion would make constructing your own work out routines even easier.

    The structure of the book leaves a little to be desired as well. It felt that some things -- like whether to work to failure -- aren't introduced as early as they should be. The result is you really should read (or at least skim) the book from cover to cover before setting out. A little bit tighter structure would make it easier to just skip to the section you care about.

    There is also not much mention of supplements although given the somewhat controversial nature of their efficacy and the target of the book (I would guess that people who workout at home are somewhat less hard-core than those who go to a gym) it is understandable.

    Overall, though, this is an excellent resource. It has both breadth and depth, making it a great single-volume resource on working out. ... Read more

    8. Golf for Dummies
    by GaryMcCord
    list price: $21.99
    our price: $14.95
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    Asin: 0764551469
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-15)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 5976
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Golf is a simple game. You have a bunch of clubs and a ball. You have to hit the ball with a club into a series of holes laid out in the middle of a large, grassy field. As simple as it is, many people believe golf is the hardest game in the world. If you’re like most golfers, you play the sport for fun, relaxation, and a chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, or Tiger Woods, you get to do all that – and make a gazillion dollars to boot!

    Golf for Dummies, 2nd Edition, is a valuable tool for men and women of all ages who want to know more about golf or improve their game. Whether you’re new to golf or a long-time duffer, this updated version of the bestselling guide will get you into the swing of things by helping you to:

    • Master grip, stance, and swing
    • Fix common faults
    • Improve your putting
    • Know the score on rules and etiquette
    • Take advantage of high-tech equipment
    • Shape up with golf-specific exercises

    Discover how to take strokes off your game by improving the technique of your swing with step-by-step photos. Then master the all important putt to even better your score. Golf For Dummies, 2nd Edition, also covers the following topics and more:

    • How to choose your golf balls and clubs
    • Getting and staying in golf shape
    • Getting the most from your lessons
    • Where to play and who to play with
    • Developing your own swing
    • Putting, chipping, and pitching
    • Special shots, conditions, and considerations

    Author and CBS television golf analyst Gary McCord is a PGA Senior Tour champion and a golf instructor to many celebrities. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beginners Look No Further
    As a complete novice to the game of golf I needed a guide to get me started. This book gave me the information that I needed to know in order to start playing the game of golf. In this book you not only learn the fundamentals of the golf swing, but you also learn the language, the rules, and the do's and don'ts of the game. That way you don't make a idiot of your self out on the golf course. Gary also gives advice on everything from buying clubs to tipping the caddie. Gary lays down a common sense approach that is easy to follow and fun to read. I picked it up and could not set it down. This book put me on the right track in my golf game, and after a short while of applying the instructions that Gary suggests I have already seen a dramatic improvement in my game. The main reason for this improvement is advise from Gary's book; 1.Know your game, 2.Stick to your strengths, 3.Work on your weaknesses, 4.Don't compare yourself to other golfers. My first golf outting I couldn't hit a fairway to save my life. After reading this book, and practicing a lot as Gary suggests, I saw a dramatic improvement. I have since hit my first two greens off the tee, one of which resulted in my first par. And the only reason I didn't birdie either one of those holes is that I DIDN'T follow Gary's advice; practice putting a lot. If you are new to the game of golf I know you will enjoy and appreciate this book. I gets my highest endorsement.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a beginning golfer!
    This is a great book for a beginner or someone not sure if they want to start playing golf. The book gives a brief overview of golf history, an explanation of golf equipment, and lessons on how to build a golf swing, and some tips on how to play the game. Although Gary McCord peppers this book with some corny jokes, his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game make the book a great overview for a beginner.

    I just recently started playing golf and the book gave me a quick and entertaining overview of the game. Although the lessons to build your swing are well written and informative, I would recommend looking for books devoted to teaching the golf swing, watching videos, or taking lessons from golf pro if you are serious. The instruction in the book is inadequate as a sole source of information for learning how to correctly swing a golf club. Get this book as an introduction, but find something else to learn a great swing.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OK on the basics.
    Had a good section on grip, alignment, etc. Equipment and fitness sections in my oppinion haven't kept up with the changes in the game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    There are more to these For Dummies books than many people would think. The author's sense of humor, knowledge, and clear descriptions combined with the easy to understand and follow, For Dummies format make for an informative, enjoyable, and useful book. I think this book would also be useful for intermediate golfers. The illustrations would be a good review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a good one.
    I borrowed this book from my cousin who just had it sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I am an intermediate golfer and have read many books. This is one of the best ones I have read. I think the reason I like it is because it reinforces things I have already learned. The statements regarding "balance" and the "pivot point" are superb. ... Read more

    9. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge
    by Pavel Tsatsouline
    list price: $34.95
    our price: $27.96
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    Asin: 0938045326
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Dragon Door Publications
    Sales Rank: 27631
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    If you are looking for a supreme edge in your chosen sport—seek no more!

    Both the Soviet Special Forces and numerous world-champion Soviet Olympic athletes used the ancient Russian Kettlebell as their secret weapon for xtreme fitness. Thanks to the kettlebells’s astonishing ability to turbocharge physical performance, these Soviet supermen creamed their opponents time-and-time-again, with inhuman displays of raw power and explosive strength.

    Now, former Spetznaz trainer, international fitness author and nationally ranked kettlebell lifter, Pavel Tsatsouline, delivers this secret Soviet weapon into your own hands.

    You NEVER have to be second best again!Here is the first-ever complete kettlebell training program—for Western shock-attack athletes who refuse to be denied—and who’d rather be dead than number two.

    -Get really, really nasty—with a commando’s wiry strength, the explosive agility of a tiger and the stamina of a world-class ironman

    -Own the single best conditioning tool for killer sports like kickboxing, wrestling, and football

    -Watch in amazement as high-rep kettlebells let you hack the fat off your meat—without the dishonor of aerobics and dieting

    -Kick your fighting system into warp speed—with high-rep snatches and clean-and-jerks

    -Develop steel tendons and ligaments—and a whiplash power to match

    -Effortlessly absorb ballistic shocks—and laugh as you shrug off the hardest hits your opponent can muster

    -Go ape on your enemies—with gorilla shoulders and tree-swinging traps ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best all-around workout you'll ever do
    If you're looking for an effective and efficient way to get stronger, leaner, more flexible, and increase your endurance (both muscular and cardiovascular), you won't find anything better than Pavel's Russian Kettlebell Challenge. The book clearly illustrates both exercises and routines to get you up to speed. You don't need to have a kettlebell (a round weight with a thick handle) to benefit; you can still get 75-80% of the benefits working with dumbbells and get kettlebells later if you're hooked.

    In six weeks of kettlebell work, I lost an inch off my waist and dropped my heart rate 6 beats per minute, while staying the same weight. I was already working out when I started using kettlebells, so I'm not a novice. There are few ways to lose fat, gain muscle, and improve your cardio fitness all at the same time; I've never seen a better one than this. By simply changing exercises and rest periods - all of which is explained in the book - you can work on just about any attribute you want.

    Kettlebells were a favorite tool of the Soviet Special Forces, whom Pavel trained in Russia. He is now training the U.S. Marines and similar organizations with kettlebells here. It's great for martial artists, soldiers, and SWAT teams, but you can adapt it to your needs even if you're a housewife who has never exercised before. As long as you have access to dumbbells, you can do this at home, which is where I do my kettlebell work. Give the Russian Kettlebell Challenge a try; you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Text on Kettlebell Lifting!
    In this book, Pavel introduces the reader to the most effective training tool that most of us had never heard of. I was personally very skeptical about the kettlebell and I waited until I heard others rave about the results that they have achieved with this hunk of cast iron before I purchased this book. Through Pavel's expert guidance (his attention to detail on the execution of the lifts is extraordinary)and the use of the KB, my fitness level has skyrocketed. It is rare to find a workout that will improve your power, strength, strength endurance and cardiovascular functioning but this is what you can expect with KB use. I have experienced the following benefits from the use of the KB: decreased blood pressure and resting heart rate, greatly improved grip strength and an increase in upper and lower back strength. The most practical benefit that I have noticed is the physical endurance carryover to every day physical activities (moving furniture, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow). I highly recommend the Russian Kettlebell Challenge to anyone who would like to move to the next level of physical fitness!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book, great workout
    If you have been power lifting, bodybuilding or are involved in martial arts, you owe it to yourself to give kettlebells a try. They provide an intense full body workout that leaves you exhausted. Additionally, they demand good form and intensity. You can't do a sloppy workout with these things, they'll punish you if you do. The author's writing is basic and to the point just like the workouts, and his sense of humor makes the book enjoyable. He does a great job of explaining the techniques as well. I was up and running with a 20KG kettlebell the first day and can honestly say it's one of the best workouts I've ever experienced. Get the book, get some kettlebells, and get strong Comrade!

    3-0 out of 5 stars nothing wrong with novelty
    The real issue is keeping yourself interested. For those who already work hard, and need a little something new in their routine to maintain peak enthusiasm, kettlebells are perfect. For folks who prefer no risk of injury over macho achievement, there's nothing wrong with the next Nautilus machine. All of Pavel's books are way overpriced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars be prepared
    Comrad Pavel's book is packed full of information for real-world strength, power and endurance. He first gives a good update of the kettlebell world from past to present, then he dives into the movements and programs. I must admit, his writing comes off cocky but thats what i want in a person trying to help me, as long as he can back it up, and Pavel can. The only downfall is it makes you want to buy a real kettlebell, which can cost hundreds just for a pair a 1 pood crunchers. I found that an adjustable kettlebell handle works just as fine and costs only $60. I got mine from a company based out of Canada and it lets you put as much or as little weight as you wish. Don't use dumbbells, you will miss the full effect. With this book, or his video, & a kettlebell or similar, you can forge a body made out of stone! ... Read more

    10. The Golfer's Mind : Play to Play Great
    by Bob Rotella
    list price: $23.00
    our price: $13.80
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    Asin: 0743269756
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-16)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 1942
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    Book Description

    For the last decade, golfers of all abilities have been drawn to the writings and teachings of Bob "Doc" Rotella. His books Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, Golf Is a Game of Confidence, The Golf of Your Dreams, and Putting Out of Your Mind have all become classics for golfers everywhere. Weekend golfers and pros like Brad Faxon, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Tom Kite, and Davis Love III all read and listen to the man they call Doc because his teachings are simple and direct -- and in the end, what Doc says makes them play better golf.

    The Golfer's Mind was actually first suggested by Davis Love, Jr. -- Davis Love III's dad -- who encouraged Doc to write an instruction book on golf's mental challenges, organized by topic. Love thought that golfers could keep the book with them, or at least nearby, at all times. When they needed a refresher on a certain issue, they could consult the book, read for a few minutes, and take away solid guidance regarding their difficulties. Doc heard what Love said, and twenty years later, The Golfer's Mind is that book. From his Ten Commandments (Commandment I. Play to play great. Don't play not to play poorly) to just about any topic a golfer might imagine, this is the ideal way for players to get all of Rotella's teachings. Doc covers topics including:

    • Butterflies
    • Practicing to Play Great
    • The Rhythm of the Game
    • Routine
    • Setbacks
    • How Winning Happens

    In the perfect format for the busy golfer, The Golfer's Mind is the concise and convenient quick-reference tool to appeal to Rotella's millions of followers and is sure to become a golf classic. ... Read more

    11. Scrawny to Brawny : The Complete Guide to Building Muscle the Natural Way
    by Michael Mejia, John Berardi
    list price: $18.95
    our price: $12.89
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    Asin: 1594860882
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-02)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 1342
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A state-of-the-art weight-lifting and nutritional blueprint for "skinny" guys who want to pack on muscle

    Let's face it, naturally skinny guys are at a distinct genetic disadvantage when it comes to building muscle mass. But with the proper advice, these "hardgainers" definitely can realize their fitness goals. In Scrawny to Brawny, the authors draw on their years of practical experience as private strength and nutrition coaches to provide hardgainers with:
    o A progressive, state-of-the-art program that optimizes results with shorter, less frequent workouts that maximize compound exercises
    o A unique, action-based perspective on nutrition that shows how to prepare quick muscle-building meals and snacks-and how to take advantage of several critical times in the day when muscle growth can be stimulated by food intake
    o Vital information on how to identify and fix any weak links in their physiques that may be precursors to injury

    Designed not only for frustrated adult hardgainers but also-with its strong anti-steroid message-a terrific book for the large teen market, Scrawny to Brawny fills a significant gap in the weight-lifting arsenal.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the "hard gainer"
    This was my first exercise/nutrition book I purchased. While I had been working out regularly for 2 and half years, I wasn't seeing the gains I had hoped for. I haven't followed this book right down to every last detail, but I do refer to it a lot for work out routines and new exercises. It also helped me realize I just wasn't taking in enough calories to put on mass and become stronger. I think most people would find it difficult to consume 4-5000 calories a day, but unfortunately it's necessary for the severe ectomorph. If you follow this book strictly I have no doubt you would get significant results in a reasonable amount of time. I went from 135lbs to 170lbs (6'2") on my own. I'm hoping with the work out routines and eating habits I picked up from this book I can get to 190+ in a much shorter amount of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Skinny bodies are a thing of the past!
    Absolutely fantastic! The frustration over being an ectomorph is something that only the truely skinny can understand.I had just healed after two sessions at the gym that took me a week to recover.During that time, I reevaluated my weightlifting; what was I doing wrong?I had eaten good foods and trained at least 3 time a week with only a little definition to show for it.Then, I heard about this book.I ordered it not expecting much but, boy, was I wrong.The information in this book specifically directs its focus towards us skinny guys.The emphasis is on compound lifts in the body of the training program but they also use the first four weeks to level out your muscle groups to prevent injury and so you look more balanced (this cured my weak back muscles!).
    A nice thing too is that the book devotes half of itself to nutrition.Other books will only give you exercises and have you go on your way which always leads you to thinking what you're doing wrong.They list out how you should eat and when; let it be known that this portion is a major lifestyle change.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their body.So what are you waiting for "skinny"?Get to work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
    I purchased this book a few days before its release. This book answers every single question i've ever had about gaining muscle mass not only thorough a workout regimen, but also a proper diet. The book contains everything you need to get bigger, and its very easily explains everything in simple layman's terms. I'm beginning my workout now according to the book and i never would have figured out what to do without the aid of an expensive trainer. Most people have given me shoddyand unfounded training advice, or advice that is much more suited for their body type. Not so with this book, its very straight forward, and fun to read, and fully illustrated with photos, diet plans, grocery lists, etcetera. I usually return books i dont like, i'm keeping this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Result of Years of Research
    Notice the term "Natural Way" in the sub-title. The Natural Way means natural nutrition and a state-of-the-art exercise routine. It definitely does NOT mean steroids.

    Dr. Berardi is an expert in nutritional biochemistry. Mr. Mejia has a masters degree in Exercise Science. Both of these men are experts in their fields and they have combined their education and years of experience to produce this book.

    It is specifically aimed at the naturally skinny male who finds it as hard to gain weight as women find it difficult to lose weight. Mr. Mejia says that he knows your problem because he faced the same one in his earlier life.

    After failing at several attempts at building muscle, he met Dr. Berardi and they began developing a plan the combined nutrition with exercise in a logical and scientific manner to produce outstanding results. This book is the result of these years of experimenting and developing these natural techniques. ... Read more

    12. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
    by Bob Rotella
    list price: $22.95
    our price: $16.06
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    Asin: 068480364X
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-09)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 2510
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    One of golf guru Jim Flick's mantras is that golf is 90 percent mental, and the other 10 percent is mental, too. Dr. Bob Rotella, a noted sports psychologist and performance consultant, roots around the golfer's mind to expose--and analyze--the doubts, the fears, and the frustrations that haunt anyone who's ever picked up a club and swung it. Through anecdote and aphorism he suggests how these mental and emotional hazards can be played through, and, regardless of skill level, how teeing off with a more positive and confident outlook will translate into better performance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tournament Tough
    This book provides incredible insight into the game of golf. Rather than attempting to teach the infamous "perfect swing," Dr. Rotella allows the reader to maintain his current swing and instead he addresses the mental side to lower scores. Whether you are a beginner or carry a low handicap, this book is sure to knock strokes off. This book enables a player to think correctly on the course and develop confidence in his game. It is easy and fun to read since Rotella recalls past memories that support his point. I'd recommend this book for yourself or as a gift. I re-read chapters nightly before playing in tournaments as an instrument to mentally prepare myself. It has helped me to win national junior events and I guarentee that it will help you as well. Hit 'em straight!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good book for the mental approach to Golf
    A friend and golfing partner gave me this book to read and I found it to be very enlightening and easy to read. Mr. Rotella focus' more on the mental approach to golf than swing plane and mechanics. However he does address the issue and states that there is a time and a place to think about and also practice your swing faults just not on the golf course. He shows you how to focus, improve your accuracy through visualization and taking dead aim, using confidence to improve your putting and how to achieve it.
    Simply stated there is a physical side to golf and a mental side and Mr. Rotella shows us how to improve our game and cut down on mistakes, save strokes and improve course management.
    He shares stories about his teachings and conversations with several professional golfers and insights into their world.
    I carry an 11 handicap and the weekend after finishing this book I shot a 76 after being 3 over through the first 3 holes and finished with 31 total putts. This book will work for you if you are looking to take your game to another level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Investment in Your Game You'll Ever Make!
    I was a twenty something handicap for twenty something years, but here I am twenty something days since reading Dr. Rotella's wonderfully simple, yet powerful book, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, with a personal best golf score of "79"!

    Please read this book and I guarantee you that your game will improve.

    Thanks doc! -Bill Smith, Murrieta, CA

    5-0 out of 5 stars Really makes you think before you go to the course
    This book isn't so much about the right swing or the right gear it's about your mind state and letting go.

    I got this book for my boyfriend who has competed for years. He read it 3 times in 3 weeks and just couldn't put it down. You should get one for the golfer in your life.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the book I expected it to be
    For me, the book was a huge disappointment. Despite the zen-like, poetic title, there is nothing artistic or inspirational about this book's writing style, and the little bits of instruction scattered among the author's self-congratulatory anecdotes have by now become absolute common knowledge -- as fundamental as a book on how to carry your golf bag. Most of the advice is along the lines of picture the shot you want to hit, pick out a target and hit your ball to it, don't dwell on bad shots, hit each shot with a fresh mind, clear your mind of swing mechanics while on the course, etc.

    The book was written in 1995, so justifications can be made for its style and lack of innovation. Perhaps these ideas have just been so thoroughly accepted into the mainstream that in hindsight they seem obvious. Perhaps sports psychology was such a bizarre notion in 1995, that Rotella felt compelled to continually hammer us with how "ordinary" his advice is and how accepted it is among his PGA friends. Regardless of what the book was in the 90's, to the 21st century buyer, it is singularly un-useful. One copy each of Golf Digest and Golf Magazine will give you the same tips on the mental approach and will be far more entertaining to boot.

    The most wearisome aspect of the book is author Rotella's incessant name-dropping of famous clients, friends and associates. Rotella seems more intent on telling you how successful and right HE is than on how to improve your own thinking and ultimately your golf game. Anecdotes have a place in instruction books, certainly; but they need to be entertaining and informative. Very little of this book is really entertaining, and the copious anecdotes tend to simply support the underlying theme that the author has befriended golf's elite.

    In a typical example, Rotella opens Nick Price's eyes with the flabbergasting revelation that when things go wrong on the course, Nick could envision things going right, rather than getting down on himself. Rotella closes the tale by saying, "After listening to this for awhile, Nick said, 'If I had known this was what you were going to talk about, I would have come to see you a long time ago.'
    'Why didn't you?' I asked.
    'I was afraid you'd be into something weird. I didn't realize it would be this logical and sensible.'

    Rotella spends most of the first three chapters convincing you that he is logical and sensible, and dropping as many names as he can to support his claim. The entire experience reads like a pitch to a publisher or the inside flap of a dust cover more than a book on how to improve my own mental approach to golf. Similar "me" stories continue to pop up throughout the book, drawing your attention away from any few helpful tips and brings that attention back squarely onto the author, which appears to be where Rotella really wants it. ... Read more

    13. The Bowflex Body Plan
    by Ellington Darden
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    Asin: 1579546897
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-15)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 4090
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Discover the super secrets for getting the most out of the hottest home workout machine ever.

    We've all seen those attractive Bowflex bodies on television. Well, you don't have to resemble a model to achieve a Bowflex body. Now, you can apply the complete science behind what it takes to get that lean, muscular look. The course of action you're holding in your hands contains the best-possible routines and practices that, combined, cause greater and faster results.

    The Bowflex exercise system is based on the simple bow-and-arrow principle. Its patented Power Rod technology flexes and extends to provide force or resistance, part of your week-by-week workouts, which focus on all major muscle groups. Merge the recommended Bowflex routines with Dr. Ellington Darden's guidelines on eating, hydrating, and resting, and you'll be well on your way to getting the results you've always wanted.

    In addition to four fat-loss meal plans, you'll find complete programs for out-of-shape athletes, women who want to reduce their hips and thighs, and individuals who wish to focus on their abdominals. Choose the one that's right for you, depending on your age, experience, body type, and personal goals. Throughout these pages you'll be inspired by reports and photographs of real results from real people using a real Bowflex machine.

    With a little discipline and patience, you'll see your extra fat begin to vanish, revealing your muscles' lean lines. In only six weeks, a man could drop 35 pounds of fat and 5 inches from his waist. A woman could lose 19 pounds of fat and 4 inches from her thighs. And both can build 3 pounds of muscle. Best of all, you will experience strength, firmness, and muscular refinement as never before.

    Elegant, instructive photographs of Dr. Darden's top 23 Bowflex exercises make this the ideal fitness manual for both men and women-- those who already use the Bowflex system as well as the many new users of this fast-growing home-exercise system. The only authorized book on the subject, The Bowflex Body Plan will help you lose fat, build muscle, and reshape your body-- fast.

    Soon you will have the results you've always wanted. Soon you will have a Bowflex body.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for.
    I don't know strength training, at all. Unlike other reviewers I have no idea who the author is or even his credentials (having read they book they seem to be pretty good).

    I do have a Bowflex. And while the routines presented in the Bowflex Users Manual that shipped with the machine are good, I found them lacking because I also needed to lose weight, not just build strength. This book is right up my alley. It presents an integrated program for beginners (my wife and I are in our 30s and 40s but neither of us have ever worked out) that blends a steadily advancing work out routine with a reduced calorie diet. And if we persist and stay on program, this book should last us for a few years (if not longer) with the advanced programs for targeting specific muscle development as well as additional, more advanced strength training techniques.

    The menu plans are specific, but we'll be modifying it slightly simply because a few of the meals (Lunch particularly) aren't all that appealing. But because the meals are based on calories consumed - substitutions are no problem. For those that don't want to worry about meal planning, you've come to the right place. And for those that are more finicky eaters, you'll come away with the base knowlege to build your own meal plan and still achieve your goals.

    Overall I think this book is well thought-out, with specific workouts and meals. The photos are clear and the explanations on how to do the recommended workouts are slightly better than the manual. More useful is the fact the author selected what he thinks are the best of the exercises (in total, only about 30% of the total possible workouts are presented). You'll be happier if you have the Leg Attachment, although you can just substitute other leg exercises that are also in the book. But eventually you'll probably find the variety lacking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, well presented - doable
    As a woman who owns a Bowflex Machine, I was pleased to see this book on how to use Bowflex effeciently and productively. And I wasn't disappointed.

    Chapter 22, "Hips and Thighs:Tackling the Tough Spots", is exactly what I've been looking for to address my problem areas. Chapter 11 on "Muscle", and Chapter 12 on "Fat", are clearly written and helped me understand the science behind my own body's composition. Chapter 26, "Those Last 5 Pounds: 30 Tips on How to Lose Them" effectively summarizes Elllington Darden's philosophy. I appreciate the balanced presentation for women and men,in both text and pictures.

    I recommend this book for any woman who has a Bowflex Machine, or any woman who ever considered using Bowflex.The numerous before-and-after photographs will help you to realistically "picture the possibilities" of what you can expect from Bowflex training and proper eating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice peice of work
    This is a very readable book which cuts through the fluff. It should be useful for both, beginner and advanced users. There is sensible advice on all the topics you would need to quickly start/restart a targeted strength training program using a Bowflex or any other home gym. Highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I really like it
    I like Ellington Darden alot. He DOES know his stuff. So Anyway I own the Ultimate Bowflex. I used to own the regular Bowflex with no attachments and I really never used it. It just sat for a very long time. Alot of it was I just wasn't sure how to do the exercises. So I went on a low carb diet, started walking and lost weight. Then I hit a HUGE stall. I always new I needed to strength train but never did. I hated going to the gym and wasted my money on a year membership. So this past winter I got an offer to send back the regular bowflex, trade it in, get 1000 toward an ultimate with EVERYTHING. So I did it. Get a brand new machine with all the bells and whistles. Again I still wasnt sure what to do. THe video that comes with the ultimate is great, gives a good description of what to do. So I was looking around one day and saw this book and brought it. Well I love it. It is great. Gives GREAT detail instructions and tips for the best exercises on the bowflex. It also has several plans, for gaining muscle, losing fat, for your hips, for your arms, for your chest and for your abs. I still need to lose fat before I can try other routines. But I went on his meal plan which is real simple and good for you. I am eating stuff that was restricted on a low carb diet. And I lost weight. I used to not be able to go down past 168 no matter what I did. Now I am 5'11" and 162 lbs (which is actually just right I just need to lose fat and gain muscle). Also if I cheat I don't balloon up. I highly recommend this book if you have the bowflex. His workout routines and eating plans are also worth it. There is also background information on the bowflex and he also explains healthy information (such as increasing water intake and the like). Ellington Darden knows his stuff and I want to read his other books. Take care.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Something Old Something New
    Having read a couple of Dardens previous books much of the information concerning nutrition and exercise theroy is the same. Darden, the Consumate student of Arthur Jones, applies the nautilus principles to the bowflex in a manner that is consistent with his earlier works. He presents a series of routines that are work-able by most any one and should produce results in begginers and early intermediates. The book is artfully photographed, well laid out, and will appeal to the same audiance as the bowflex itself ... Read more

    14. Search for the Perfect Golf Club
    by Tom Wishon, Tom Grundner
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    Asin: 1587261855
    Catlog: Book (2005-03)
    Publisher: Sports Media Group
    Sales Rank: 9235
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    I highly recommend this book to everyone who plays golf.Inside the covers of this book you will have more information about golf clubs and fitting guidelines than the BIG 5 "OEM's"i.e., Titliest, Taylor Made, Ping, Calloway, etc., do not want you to know.The real reason that they spend so much of the profits "off of you" when you buy their band name clubs "Off The Rack" is; their big advertising dollars are intended to brainwash and keep you in the dark, when it comes to golf club specifications and how they are made.The standard "Off the Rack" clubs certainly are not a correct fitting that will help every individual, and your unique swinging of a golf club.The selction on golf club shaft selection is well worth the money by itself.If you are interested in improving your golf game, do yourself a big favor and not only buy, but also read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The golfers best new friend
    Every golfer should know who Tom Wishon is, they've played the technology he's developed.When it comes to finding someone who could definitively describe what to look for in a golf club listening to Tom Wishon is like asking Mario Andretti what to look for in a high performance car.His knowledge of the technologies of golf clubs and how golfers swing that club puts him in the category of the few who "REALLY KNOW" what works and what doesn't.His previous book on Practical Club Fitting is still the standard that top notch professional fitters use today.As a consumer you owe it to yourself to become knowledgable in the products you buy and what will work for you.

    Too many golfers play with clubs that simply aren't right for them and wonder why their game suffers from no improvement.Wishon takes you through step by step of the things that characterize your game and what will and will not work for you.No marketing hype, just straight forward simple analysis.No explainations that require a Ph. D. to understand either.If you swing a club you owe it to yourself to read this book, that is unless you're satisfied that the clubs in your bag are the best clubs you can obtain to fit your game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Golfers must read this book!!
    If you're a advid golfer or just a beginner this book will guide you through the sometimes confusing process of buying golf clubs. A great read for everyone in the game. Learn the things that up until now only the pros knew.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book that the OEMs don't want you to have!
    This is an extremely well-written book on golf equipment technology for the everyday golfer.Too many ill-informed golfers are constantly buying the "latest and greatest" golf equipment without knowing the real facts that will help them to improve their game.

    Amateur golfers DO NOT have a swing like Tiger, Phil, or Vijay.So then, why do so many rush out to buy clubs that are too stiff, with too low of a loft, and driver shafts that are too long?

    Here are just a few things that I learned from this book.

    FACT: Most amateur golfers need a driver with AT LEAST 11 degrees of loft - and perhaps even 13 to 15 degrees.How do you know which loft will provide maximum distance for your swing?In this book are some very interesting charts that explain how to figure this out based on your swing speed (which you can have checked at a clubfitter or pro shop).

    FACT: The average driver length on the PGA tour is 44.5".Most "off the rack" drivers are 45" or even 46".If the pro's can't control a driver this long, can you?There is some eye-opening data regarding shorter length drivers that can provide much better control with no loss of distance.

    FACT: If you don't have a very high swing speed and a very consistent swing, you have no business with a three or four iron.This book discusses some very interesting alternatives to long irons - explaining the pros and cons of each type of club.

    In addition to the extremely useful information described above, there is also a neat compilation of stories that are a result of Tom Wishon's experiences working with Payne Stewart, Tom Kite, Harvey Penick, and various other PGA legends.I highly recommend this book to ALL golfers.Think about it this way, the pros have every club in their bag completely custom fit for their swing.With the information from this book, you can have the information to have your bag custom fit for YOUR game - just like them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book will become the golf club bible. . .
    I personally do not like to read, but I could not put this book down.I constantly found the reasoning why I liked some clubs in my bag, and the reasoning I disliked some clubs.My HC dropped 6 stokes after changes to my clubs directly suggested in this book.This is the one book the OEM golf companies don't want you to read with Tom Wishon explaining the "Vanishing loft Syndrome" that is the norm for OEM companies. This book is not written by a fly by night author who has a view in left field; it is written by a veteran club designer that gives a nice lesson in golf club history and current trends.A must read even for the Pros among us down the beginners.I have read this book twice now, it just simple makes since. ... Read more

    15. The Dr. Bob Rotella CD Collection
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 0743544773
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 25691
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    Dr. Bob Rotella, whose clients include Nick Price, Davis Love III, Tom Kite and Pat Bradley, is firmly established as the premier performance enhancement specialist in the golf world. In Golf Is a Game of Confidence, "Doc" Rotella focuses on the most important skill a golfer can have: the ability to think confidently.


    In Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, Rotella goes beyond the usual mental aspects of the game and creates a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. With a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson, Rotella helps golfers improve their game and have more fun playing.


    In Putting Out of Your Mind, Rotella offers entertaining putting. He reveals the unique mental approach that great putting requires and helps golfers of all levels master this essential skill.


    The Golf of Your Dreams offers a programmatic guide for the golfer who is determined to get better but hasn't figured out how to go about it. It is an approach that Dr. Rotella and his clients have tested for over twenty years, one that has been proven to work consistently with all levels of golfers.

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    16. Dave Pelz's Putting Bible
    by DAVE PELZ
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    Asin: 0385500246
    Catlog: Book (2000-06)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 2824
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    Golf's foremost apostle from 100 yards in, Dave Pelz follows upthe bestselling Short GameBible--his essential testament on how to get on the green--with chapterand verse on what to do once you're finally there. The lower your handicap, themore of a religious experience it should be.

    While you don't have to be a rocket scientist to explain the forces at work inrolling a small, dimpled ball over changing terrain toward a cup that looks fartoo small for its purpose, Pelz was in fact a rocket scientist by trade. Hisapproach is analytical, theoretical, mechanical, and systematic, brimming withgraphs, charts, and illustrations. But don't let that scare you--for all thescience, Pelz and the gospel he preaches are as inspiring as a good sermon andreadily understandable regardless of your skill level. Yes, advanced playerswill no doubt be more intrigued with the depths Pelz plumbs, but highhandicappers can draw solace from the quality of the supplicants who've soughthis counsel--Lee Janzen, Annika Sorenstam, Steve Elkington, and ColinMontgomery, for starters--and proceed from there. Numbers, charts, and graphsaside, Pelz preaches good grip and stroke, proper reading of lines anddistances, the importance of leaving a ball in the best location (that onlyseems obvious), and the need to identify your putting weaknesses, learnwhy they're your weaknesses, and address the proper fixes. "Never give up onputting well," Pelz stresses. By studying his bible and heeding his goldenrules, you'll find yourself standing over those knee-rattling, downhill4-footers with a lot more going for you than just a prayer. --JeffSilverman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Putting Pleasure!
    This book deserves many more than five stars!

    This is simply the best book to improve your putting that has ever been written.

    Let me give you an example. I recently played in Southern California after a rain-soaked night. The greens were dripping. My opponent said "I wonder how hard to hit it through this water." And I quoted from this book. He made his putt, and so did I. In fact, the highlight of the round was a tricky 23 foot birdie putt. Thank you, Dave Pelz!

    I have taken Dave Pelz's short game course, so I didn't know how much this book would help me. So I came to this book thinking, this will be a good refresher. That was right, but the insights I got from this book exceeded all that I learned in that course about putting.

    The book explains the engineering approach that Pelz has brought to putting. He measures everything he can think of. The beginning explains key concepts of green problems -- like the raised donut around the hole where no one steps (the rest of the green is downtrodden by thousands of footsteps daily).

    The next section explains the 15 building blocks of putting -- like aim, path, touch, rhythm, ritual, feel, face angle, stability, attitude, and routine.

    Then Pelz puts special attention on speed and reading the green. Chapter 7 on green reading was worth the price of the book alone. He answered questions I have asked dozens of pros, and received no good answers to.

    Then, he describes how to use these basics to improve your putting. I have been using a number of these for the last several years, and can certainly attest that they work.

    Each point is beautifully explained. He has photographs of great players, graphs of experiments he has conducted, graphs of research he has done with average and great players, and diagrams of what to do and not to do. The language is simple and unambiguous.

    For the average golfer, this book can take 4-6 strokes off your game. It will mean winning a lot of weekend bets.

    One of the book's great strengths is that it starts with the thinking that most people have about putting that gets them in trouble. He helps you identify your stalled thinking that holds back your putting, and then shows you how to break out of the stall and develop an improved habit.

    If you have a father, grandfather, uncle, brother, or son who is a father and plays golf, this is the perfect gift for Father's Day. I took the liberty of giving a copy to myself as my Father's Day gift this year. Maybe it will help me win the Father's Day golf tournament!

    Keep in mind that in the average round you'll make more putts than you will tee shots, fairway shots, or finesse shots around the green. Get better at putting, and your score can really improve! A two foot putt and a 300 yard drive count for the same on the score -- one stroke.

    Enjoy your putting game the most!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, but still helpful
    To start, I would have to say that this book is easily the most detailed, most comprehensive book on putting ever written. Dave Pelz, the super-freak of golf, most definitely covers every aspect of putting that there is.

    That having been said, as a big fan of Dave Pelz Short Game Bible, I was thinking that I would like this book just as much. Turns out I was wrong. The style that Pelz presents in the putting bible is not as clear as in the Short Game Bible, and he tends to ramble about certain things and repeat himself continually. I have adjusted some aspects of my putting and feel like I am a better putter after reading this book, but for some reason it did not grab me like the Short Game Bible did.

    I would strongly recommend this book for two types of people: VERY serious golfers who are planning on dedicating a large amount of time to improving their putting, and people who consider putting to be their favorite part of golf. For the rest of us, it's not a great read, but can still help any golfer become a much more adept player on the greens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the long haul
    Reading this book AND PRACTICING will undoubtably make you a much better putter. However you must be in it for the long haul, because this is simply not a putt great by tomorrow type of system.

    Pelz leads you somewhat laboriously through all the whys and hows of putting. I like this kind of information because I want to understand and be able to do. This satisfies my intellectual curiousity and gives me greater confidence that I can pull off the shots automatically without having to think too much about them.

    He then details equally detailed guides to exercises designed to improve your putting. He is also honest in the sense that he readily acknowledges to truly learn his system will probably take years of diligent work on your part.

    The book is great however it could have been signicantly better with little additional work. Namely Pelz please please include an index in your future books. A simple index would make finding little tidbits easy instead of the current search to find the information you need. It would only take a few extra pages and a computer could do the indexing work for you quickly............PLEASE!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but ...
    In truth this book contains many great thoughts, but you need to understand who you are before you buy.

    We are looking at lots and lots of pages - the detail is huge. However, the style is really annoying, lots of gems hidden within David's rambling style - such inconsiderate loquacious communication. I gave up; the effort was not worth the reward for the high handicapper that I am.

    If you count yourself a good golfer, it may be worth the investment. For example while sitting behind hole #8 during the Champions competition in Houston, I saw most of the pros putts missed the hole down slope; they had under read the slope as David predicts they will. Some of those guys need to read this!

    If you are looking at this book and are not very confident of your golf game, I recommend that you get instead "The Scrambler's Dozen : The 12 Shots Every Golfer Needs to Score Like the Pros" The chapter on putting in this recommends that you only look at the line of your putt from ?3 directions instead of the 7 or was it 9 different perspectives that David recommends. With the way I play golf, looking at my putting line from anything more than from 3 directions is ... well just a pretentious waste of time.

    If your handicap is lower than the average number of stars that this book scores, buy it. Otherwise look elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Putting Guru
    If there is such a thing as a "putting guru," Pelz is it. This book is a must read for any serious golfer. Pelz doesn't just tell you about his pet ideas, he tells you what has proven to work through scientific research. It has more information than most golfers will ever absorb, but that is one of its strengths. You could devote a lot of time learning about putting and grooving the perfect stroke. Most of us don't have that much time. But there is something for everyone in this book. You might have to dig through the details to decide which gems you want to adopt. You can always go back later and pick up some more gems.

    The best way to use this book is during the off season at home. Get some of the practice devices (or make your own) and practice a little each day. Since about half of your strokes in a typical round are done with the putter, practicing the way Pelz advocates should pay off big dividends for the time invested.

    I highly recommend this book for any golfer wanting to improve their game.

    Jack Eason Rowe, Ph.D., author of Energy Psychology and the Yips Cure and Prevention. ... Read more

    17. Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game
    by Joseph Parent
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    Asin: 0385504462
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-14)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 1618
    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    Vijay Singh, Masters and PGA Champion, says, "ZEN GOLF is the best book there is for connecting golf and the mind together. It's for everyone, and you're going to enjoy it. I keep it in my golf bag and take it with me everywhere." Charles Howell III says, "The techniques in ZEN GOLF for working with negative thoughts are better than any other psychological approach." In chapters such as "Never Keep More Than a Hundred Thoughts in Your Mind During Your Swing", "Isn't Where You Have to Play It From Punishment Enough?" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf", the Dr. Joe Parent, a PGA TOUR Instructor, guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author draws on his teaching experience and sense of humor to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By applying classic insights and stories from the Buddhist tradition to the challenges of golf, ZEN GOLF shows you how to make your mind an ally instead of an enemy: how to stay calm, clear the interference that leads to poor shots, and eliminate bad habits and mental mistakes.Clear, concise, and enlightening, this book introduces a unique perspective combining modern psychology, Buddhist wisdom and professional golf instruction. Zen Golf shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings, leading golfers to the effortless focus and unconditional confidence of being in "the zone." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Once Is NOT enough!
    I read Zen Golf and immediately thought that this was THE best book on how to improve your golf game and how you enjoy it. The book is NOT how to create the perfect golf swing. It is all about the mental side of the game and how you can improve your results by improving the way you think. Shortly after reading the book, I realized that reading it only once and expecting to achieve the intended results was simply not enough. The book must be read multiple times, use a hi-liter to mark the passages you want to improve on. There are so many wonderful mental suggestions that it is almost impossible to pick them all up the first time you read the book. I thought so much of the book, I purchased the book on CDs. I have read the book three times and listened to the CD's twice and will continue to read and listen until I have a clear picture of exactly what I want to accomplish. Since I only play on weekends, the time between rounds/practice tends to dull the lessons learned if you read it only once. Once is simply not enough! I know of no other book on golf I would recommend more. The principles also apply to life in general and sales specifically. The similarities between golf and sales are incredible!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Point
    What's the point of golf? What are we trying to achieve while we're out there? Simply put, the point is to get the ball in the cup as quickly as possible and enjoy the process. I played a round early this summer, had an awful time, came off the course stressed and feeling bad about my behavior. I was literally hyperventalating over putts. Turns out I scored well. So something was amiss, right? This book has me enjoying the game again. Zen Golf is not a deep and difficult treatise of the deeper meaning of life and golf. It is closer to an instruction manual on how to play better golf and enjoy the game more. It addresses concepts like trust, confidence and positive thinking. I now enjoy those 3-iron punch shots out of the trees. I'm learning to enjoy those 5-footers. Every shot is an opportunity and there's no need for fear or negativity. My "evil caddie" seldom comes around, and when he does, I know what to do. This is simply the best golf book I've ever read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lowered my scores
    Okay, I'm not ready to turn pro now, but I had never once shot below 90 prior to reading this. Then, one night I was bored and picked it up (quick read -- couple hours or so) and decided to zen out next time on the course. I followed just a few simple ideas from the book and shot an 84. It was the first time in a while that golf was fun again and not so dang frustrating. Loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Listening Prepares Your Head for Golf
    Often I have a 30 minute drive or more to my favorite local daily fee course in the area that I live. As soon as I turn off the cell phone and head to the course I listen to several chapters (and sometimes I skip around) among 4 CDs to prepare my head for the day's round. I arrive at the course focused on golf. And that's where this CD excels. Dr. Parent has been able to pinpoint the various mentals games and thoughts that we serious golfers (even at a 20 handicap) think about and agonize over ever time we play. This books helps me to focus. I highly recommend it on CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Focus Focus Focus
    not as bad as the title sounds...maybe 4 3/4 stars...trys to get you to focus on what is right and not what will continue to distract you...a guy gave me the book to read that used to throw clubs when he was unhappy...said it changed his whole approach to the game...i havent seen him throw a club in 6 months so i thought I'd try the book too.
    I never threw clubs and now I figured out why....same indian shoots all the arrows...why be mad at myself..? ... Read more

    18. The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the Perfect Ride
    by Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Peter Joffre Nye
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    Asin: 1579542700
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-09)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 3200
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    It's hard to argue with success; it's even tougher to emulate it. But ifyou want to train like a Tour de France winner, you couldn't do much better thanlearning the tricks of the trade from two-time champion (1999 and 2000) LanceArmstrong.

    In The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the PerfectRide, Armstrong teams up with his coach, Chris Carmichael (whom the U.S.Olympic Committee named 1999's Coach of the Year), to offer the ultimateinsider's guide to becoming a better rider, based on the regimen Carmichael hasbeen fine-tuning for Armstrong since the early 1990s. Noting that athletes ofall levels focus best when aiming for specific goals at the end of shortwindows, the authors describe the performance program as consisting of "threespecialized weekly training programs that build on your current fitness level"followed by a week of "recovery riding between each program." They provide aneasy-to-administer fitness-level self-test in the form of a three-mile timetrial (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and they then define the keyoperative terms that make up the bulk of the actual training, includingTempo, HighSpin, PowerIntervals, Sprints, andTraining Zone. A brief section of workbook-style pages provides readerswith a user-friendly outline for the entire seven weeks.

    Here is week 3 for an intermediate rider:

    • Monday: day off.
    • Tuesday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 20 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
    • Wednesday: 30 minutes in zone 1; recovery ride.
    • Thursday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 15 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
    • Friday: 45 minutes in zone 2 with 10 minutes HighSpin on flat terrain.
    • Saturday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 15 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
    • Sunday: 1.5 hours in zone 2 with 30 minutes on hilly terrain.

    Though clearly the focus, the performance program itself makes up less than athird of the book. Other subjects covered include cycling equipment, essentialmaintenance and repair, riding in bad weather, road hazards, mental toughness,and the pros' eating habits both on and off the bike, to name just a few. Whatthe book is not is the story of Lance Armstrong's remarkable recovery fromtesticular cancer (see his autobiography, It's Not About the Bike, forthat). Rather, Armstrong and Carmichael have produced a detail-packed trainingmanual, sprinkled with photographs and tales of the racing life, for those whospend a large percentage of their time on two wheels--or dream of it.--Patrick Jennings ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lance's performance program
    I highly recommend this book. It provides some personal information about Lance which is interesting. More importantly, however, it contains specific training advice with detailed training programs for all levels of riders. The book also discusses nutrition and strength training for cyclists with more attention to detail than I have seen in other books on this subject.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good book (Ignore nay-sayers)
    The self-appointed elitists who gave this book a bad review only have themselves to blame if they bought this book only to find out that it wasn't for them. It only took me a few minutes scanning through the book to realize that it was geared more for beginner and recreational cyclists. (although there is good advice even for racers here) Even if you only had this website to go by, (instead of a personal visit to the bookstore) the Edtorial reviews here gave plenty of information to allow one to determine the content of the book.
    Many athletes I've dealt-with over the years were guilty of over-training, and neglecting the basics that help prevent injury. This book will be a help to anyone who wants to work and improve at cycling without "killing" themselves every time they head out to train.....or literally killing or injuring themselves because they didn't learn a few riding techniques to stay vertical during turns, pack-riding or emergency maneuvers.
    It's an excellent place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It worked great for me
    This was the first cycling/training book I picked up when I started trying to get myself back in shape. After dropping 50 pounds and being in the best aerobic shape of my life I can honestly say that this book got me going in the right direction in regards to training routines and nutrition. It is simple and a must read for beginners. More advanced cyclist might find it a little dull but there is still useful information no matter your skill level. Chris's other book, "The Ultimate Ride" is a great follow up to this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Training for the Entry-Level Athlete
    For the person who would like a strong, proven way to begin to add structure to their training - you really can't lose with this book. True, there are those in the cycling world who view Carmichael's business as becoming the 'Walmart' of coaching, but's sound stuff.
    I have found that the most beneficial thing an athlete can do to their training is...simply get structured. Appropriate rest and slow, steady development of the aerobic system will pay off in the long-term. This book is as good of a beginning for the entry-level athlete as any other. You also might look for Joe Friel's Cyclist Training Bible.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars If it's good enough for Lance, it's good enough for me!
    While most of the text of the book seems to be written by Chris Carmichael, Lance's personal coach, there are snippets of "What would Lance do?". These are very helpful and inspirational to novices like myself, and cover such various topics as diet to weight training. I was referred to this book by the bicycle shop where I purchased my road bike. The salesperson who helped me had taken up biking later in life, like myself. He had made amazing progress, and attributed it to Lance's book. For those like myself, who are on the steep part of the learning curve, it's good to have an accessible role model (Lance Armstrong) by means of this book. Although workouts are sketchy, each type of training is detailed, chapter at a time. I am still in base training and not yet into the seven week programs, but am looking forward to applying the workouts in my training regimen. ... Read more

    19. The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in Seven Simple Lessons
    by Michael McTeigue
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    Asin: 0689116306
    Catlog: Book (1985-11-01)
    Publisher: Atheneum Books
    Sales Rank: 33808
    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The biggest paradox in golf is that the harder you try to "hit" the ball, the worse you do so.In The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, Michael McTeigue offers you a simple system of sequential body movements that produces a true swinging motion with every club in the bag. The result is increased distance and greater accuracy for all sizes, shapes, and ages of golfers for a minimum investment in learning time.

    The clarity and simplicity of McTeigue's frell-free approach to the golf swing leads the reader to a new experience of power and effortlessness. He truly shows how to "build a swing you can trust and keep for life."

    If you love golf but have never played to your potential, here is a book that you will quickly come to treasure. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - You will improve your game
    Like others, I've purchased other instructional books, silly gadgets, and lessons from the local golf pro. I've also read the magazines, and searched the internet for that one magic tip that will make my golf shots longer, straighter, and more consistent.

    Nothing really worked until I read Effortless Golf by Mike McTeigue. I now fully understand the golf swing, and why the fundamentals are some important. My golf shots are now looking and feeling much, much, better.

    I found this book so effective because it simply explains what to do and what not to do during the golf swing. Furthermore, the book offers numerous drills that will help you learn the fundamentals neccessary for a solid, repeatable golf swing.

    Overall, the book is an easy enjoyable read that will definitely improve your game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Instructional Book for Understanding the Full Swing
    I have invested the last year building a correct, accurate and repeatable golf swing. During that time I've read more than twenty golf instruction books. My readings have helped build my understanding of the golf swing and have supplemented my golf lessons.

    This book is one of the lesser known golf instructional books by a relatively unknown author. Through my readings I have found that the most well-known professional golfers don't necessarily produce the best golf instructional books.

    For a clear, fundamental description of the golf swing, this book is one of the best. With the instruction in the book, your understanding of the body movements required to create a correct golf swing will grow rapidly. Using the instruction in this book, my golf swing improved dramatically in a very short time.

    I highly recommend this book. If you are just beginning to play golf or if you are a long time hacker wanting to learn a proper and correct golf swing, this is the book that will give you the instruction you need to improve rapidly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars simplifying that which is complex
    Michael McTeigue's "The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in Seven Simple Lessons" is a marvelous book. I found that Mcteigue did a terrific job in taking the myriad complexities which seem to make the golf swing so difficult to understand, and distilled them to down a small handful of points and concepts which are easy to grasp. The exposition and organization of the ideas is clear and easy to follow. There's an elegant simplicity to having the keys presented be so straightforward -"balance", "momentum", "rythm", etc. In particular, the notion of the "lighthouse turn" has helped my game enormously, and gives me a concept I can turn to (no pun intended . . .) when on the course and starting to encounter difficulties. Everyone who plays golf is striving for a powerful, efficient, repeatable swing. It's an elusive goal (as even Tiger has seen lately). This book will help golfers of all levels in their quest to attain such a swing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid golf instruction
    This book provides solid instruction on the golf swing. It describes how weight shift and body rotation with passive arms and hands leads to a less complicated and more repeatable golf swing. This is a good book and deserves any golfer's consideration, however, I more highly recommend "The Natural Golf Swing" by George Knudson. Knudson's book covers that same concepts as McTeigues book, but I think it provides a bit more background and detail. I think that either of these books would benefit golfers looking to improves their games.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book!
    A couple of years ago I wrote 'the only book you should read is Jimmy Ballard's 'How to Perfect Your Golf Swing', well here is another. It is true that this book is based on Jimmy Ballard's teachings and for this reason you must own this book too.

    Mr McTeigue has reduced the swing to a simple minimum. This a great thing for the golfing world. His lighthouse drill is excellent, it will help anyone feel the correct swinging sensations a good player has.

    As a golf instructor I can tell you what works and what doesn't, and this works. The book is based on sound fundamentals, is easy to understand and is simple to practice. What more does a golfer want? Most books are far too complicated and you cannot put into work what the author has written because it is too difficult. We need a plan and Mr McTeigue has given the world one. Do yourself a favour, buy this book and practice what is in it. ... Read more

    20. Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book: Over 120 Drills That Are Guaranteed to Improve Every Aspect of Your Game and Lower Your Handicap
    by Jim McLean
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    Asin: 1592400183
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Gotham Books
    Sales Rank: 8179
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    One of America's leading golf teachers-and star instructor from the Golf Channel-teams up with Golf Digest (over 1.5 million circulation) for a breakthrough book that is sure to help everyone from low handicappers to weekend duffers lower their score.

    To golfers of all proficiency levels, skills and drills go hand in hand. Taking that concept to an exciting new level, one of the greatest living teachers of the game has collected 140 precision exercises to address a wide array of golfer's concerns. From tee shots to the short game, Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book allows readers to customizepractice sessions depending on their unique trouble spots.

    Revealing his time-tested tactics for overcoming pitfalls, golf guru Jim McLean revolutionizes the learning process with strategies for every aspect of the game. Novice golfers will discover how to avoid bad habits from the start, and veterans will discover how to diagnose and overcome ingrained aspects of their swings, grips, stances, or even mindsets that may interfere with achieving a superior score.

    With over 200 step-by-step photographs and proven advice, Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book will help ensure you make those hours on the driving range and putting green time well spent.
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