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    1. Fearless Golf : Conquering the Mental Game
    by Gio Valiante
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    Asin: 0385511922
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 1842
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!

    Wow!This is an unbelievable book. Dr Gio Valiante tackles fear by grabbing it and reaching deep so that you know every facet of its power - but more than that he provides very practical steps to overcome and transform these feelings into feelings of "self-efficacy" or confidence. I love this book - it is a classic and it is a must read. Be prepared to mark it up because there is so much to discover you'll defiantly want to refer back -- if not re-read the whole book many times. Thank you so much for this important piece of work Dr. Valiante.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Target Golf
    These are tough reviews to write, giving prospective reader enough to want them to read, yet not tell them the jist of the book that they won't need to purchase and read.

    It's about the target, keeping your mind not on the previous outcome or the potential outcome but one's target.To do this one needs to bring efficacy, which is achieved by working on the right set of attributes of previous failures and modeling each barrier as a potential hurdle to overcome.

    Valiante provides this target golf mental game by revealing where previous "mastery" golfers as opposed to "ego" golfers have their orientations.This he accomplishes with classic champs such as Nicklaus and Hogan and current mental game champs such as Wooks, DL3 and DeMarco.

    This is a good read, encouraging the journey as much as anything to keep the joy and challenge of the game and courses at the forefront.Will confront all golfers with their mental approach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Transcending Psychology: Valiante'sgroundbreaking success
    Dr. Valiante makes his mark as the superstar he is becoming within the world of golf psychology.With a decisive assertion that fear is eminent within every golfer of every ability level, Dr. Valiante revolutionizes our learning of how to positively respond to these emotions.Dr. Valiante's exemplary book combines a tremendous amount of personal research with stories of golfing superstars such as Nicklaus, Hogan, Woods, Mickelson, and Love III, that effectively complements his vast knowledge of the game of golf.As a student of the game, I strongly believe that this book can transcend every golfer into a fearless competitor.Dr. Valiante should be commended on such an incredible accomplishment, as the game of golf is about to see an explosion of the effects of how intregal this book will be to golfers of every level.Congratulations Gio on a job superbly done!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the new standard for golf's mental side and beyond
    valiante takes golf psychology to a new level with this book. whereas rotella's message is very anectodal and breaks down to something like "equipment and your swing don't matter, stop trying to be perfect and accept things more," valiante's message has more a lot more depth. he acknowlegdes the importance of a good swing and the right equipment and his message is well grounded in psychological research.although breaking his message down to a few points is no easy task (as a matter of fact, he goes out of his way at the end to say it's really up to the individual to frame a message in their own context), it would be something like:

    - don't attempt to try and control emotions by pretending they don't exist and that you're not nervous, rather condition yourself to respond productively when these feelings arise;
    - focus on things you can control such as preparing properly, developing a plan for the course and the target for your next shot, rather than things you can't control such as what other players are shooting or the weather;
    - practise makes permanent rather perfect, so be realistic about what it is you need to work on to get better and how accurately your practise routine reflects these items;
    - strive to maintain a light grip, because when the nerves tense up you will lose feelings in your outer extremities and without realizing it, you will grip the club much tighter and hit poor shots as a result.

    there are other important elements of this book that from someone else's perspective might be prioritized differently (consistent with the notion of what's key for each individual), but these are the keys for me.clearly, the principles laid out in this book transcend golf and provide a framework for success in life.this is one of the few books of any kind that i am certain to re-read from start to finish -- it's really so powerful that you'll want to make sure you don't miss anything and are left with the right plan for you.

    my one criticism is the book's format: several exemplarystories about golf professionals (nicklaus, woods, dimarco, stewart, toms, mickelson, etc etc) are inter-woventhroughout the chapters but in odd spots where if you want to read the story it interrupts the flow of the chapter or section.most of them are worth reading, however it would have been a lot better to put them at the end of sections to reinforce the point(s) that had just been fully articulated.

    but that said this is clearly an instant classic and becomes the new standard that replaces the works on golf psychology that preceded it.

    bravo gio! ... Read more


    2. Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed
    by John Novosel, John Garrity
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    Asin: 0385509278
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-27)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 2598
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    As an avid golfer and inventor, John Novosel studied films of the PGA greats, searching, along with countless others over the last century, for the key to what made certain golfers' swings so effortless, artful, and effective. Viewing the films, Novosel made a startling discovery. Nearly every champion demonstrated identical timing in their swings. An extensive review of archival footage of the greats throughout confirmed his findings. From Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, whether the swings were fast or slow, the winning rhythm remained constant.

    In this breakthrough book, Novosel and Sports Illustrated writer John Garrity lay out exactly how to achieve this tour tempo. Enhanced with photographs and illustrations, this clear, step-by-step method teaches golfers how to resynchronize their swings and play like a pro. An accompanying CD-ROM vividly illustrates the full swing sequence and features a calibrated soundtrack that readers can use while practicing at a driving range or in their backyards.

    Novosel's teaching technique has resulted in tremendous and rapid improvement for players of all levels. In a world of gimmicky, quick-sell golf instructionals, TOUR TEMPO is the real thing.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for a golfer's library
    I was skeptical about the claims made by others regarding the information found in Mr. Novasel's book, "Tour Tempo." I learned of the book from another avid golfer. I decided that I would give it a shot and purchased the book. I have been working with the CD and book for roughly three weeks now. I play two times a week. Before digesting the information, I was shooting in the mid to upper 80s. I am now shooting in the upper 70s and believe that with additional tempo work I will see my score decrease more. The book is well-written and easy to understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tour Tempo: Golf's Last Secret Finally Revealed
    Tour Tempo - It Works! I got the Tour Tempo book less than two weeks ago just out of curiosity. I've read the book twice, I've viewed the DVD for a short while, and I have listened to the CD repeatedly in my car.

    I have played since I was a kid, but not being a natural golfer, I have been burdened with too many swing thoughts. The best I have ever been is a 16 handicap; in the last two years playing once a week I have not broken 90. I do not belong to a club so I don't have easy access to a practice range; I sometimes swing a club in the yard. I have only played 9 holes 4 times this season. Yesterday I played in an outing at Little Mountain in Concord, Ohio. It has a reputation for being a difficult course.

    In preparation for this round I listened to the Tour Tempo CD in my car on the way to the golf course. I arbitrarily picked the 24/8 tempo (27/9 sounded too slow & 21/7 seemed like it might be too fast). I alternated between track 5 (3 tones) and track 6 "Swing, Set, Through".

    There is no driving range at this course, so a few swings on the first tee had to suffice.
    On the course, before each shot, I took two practice swings silently saying "Swing, Set, Through" in my head.

    I missed only two fairways, shot a 40-43-83 but more importantly, my biggest swing flaw was entirely eliminated. I have had a tendency to not finish my swing. With Tour Tempo, I found myself accelerating through the ball with the club swinging to finish naturally. My bad swings, which were few, were not bad swings at all, but alignment errors. Even my few mis-hits had decidedly better results.

    I always knew tempo was important, but no one was ever able to tell me what good tempo is. You have not only solved the mystery, but made great tempo almost instantly accessible. I am obviously looking forward to even greater improvement. Thanks!

    Jeffrey S. Young
    Cleveland, Ohio

    5-0 out of 5 stars ENDING OF PERFECT SWING SEARCH
    I have Played Golf for over 3 years now. So many golf books I have read but my breaking 90 seems so impossible until I bought the Tour Tempo. I practice just 30 minutes a day and after 2 days practice, my driver soaring to 270 yards and straighter(before I was just 240 yards). I have to change all my iron yardage by adding around 15 yards each. Now breaking 90 is easy. Its incredible book. Must buy for anyone who has played golf more than one year ( I do not think it will do much for a beginner)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Homage to An Incredible Discovery
    I, being 17 years old, an avid golf addict and an absolute beast on the course, lol (the latter being untrue) have had nothing but skepticism for training aids to come out in the past few years. Kallasy's Swing Magic? SwingWeights? These things promoted too much thinking about swing mechanics, and not enough about what makes really good golfers good; the fact that they swing so slow to the eye, but yet generate so much clubhead speed. I bought the book and read it, listened to teh CD and did teh exercises for a week. As I stated above, I'm pretty young, so I have always swung pretty hard (117 mph) but I always had issues with my tempo, because it looked like I accelerated too much coming back. In one week, after doing the program, I hit two drives over 355 yards. 300 was always pretty attainable, but not 350. And even more impressive, I shot even par, which isnt bad for an 8 handicap. I thoroughly recommend taht you try this book, because there is no sense in clogging your mind with swing magic, or any of that, the only important thing that really matters; Tour Tempo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Golf's "holy grail" has been discovered!
    This book contains the answer to all of the questions about golf. It explains why people have such a difficult time playing the game consistently. It shows you what the professionals really do differently than amateurs.

    The book provides a training aid that will produce dramatic improvement in clubhead speed, accuracy and consistency.

    The amazing thing is that the answer is quite simple. The training aid is easy to use and results are immediate.

    This is a remarkable discovery by John Novosal. ... Read more


    3. Ernest Jones' Swing the Clubhead
    by E. Jones
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    Asin: 0976017407
    Catlog: Book (2004-05)
    Publisher: Skylane Publishing
    Sales Rank: 27393
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    The teachings of Ernest Jones are of a distant generation, yet no one with the possible exception of Percy Boomer, has such an influence on modern day golf instruction. Jones is quoted in countless magazine articles, and golf instruction books by well known players and teachers, including Jack Nicklaus, and Gary McCord. McCord, most well known for his humor in golf broadcasts, is a very intelligent and serious student of the golf swing. In his book Golf for Dummies, McCord lists Swing the Clubhead as one of his Top Ten Golf Books. ... Read more


    4. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
    by Ben Hogan
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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

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    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


    5. Golf Annika's Way
    by Annika Sorenstam, Golf Magazine
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    Asin: 1592400760
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-21)
    Publisher: Gotham
    Sales Rank: 2040
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    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


    6. 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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    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

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    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 game......buy hogan...... ... Read more


    7. Golf for Dummies
    by GaryMcCord
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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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    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


    8. The Golfer's Mind : Play to Play Great
    by Bob Rotella
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    Catlog: Book (2004-11-16)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 1942
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    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


    9. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
    by Bob Rotella
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    Asin: 068480364X
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-09)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 2510
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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


    10. 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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    5-0 out of 5 stars ARM YOURSELF WITH THE BEST INFOMATION ABOUT GOLF CLUBS
    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


    11. One Magical Sunday : (But Winning Isn't Everything)
    by Phil Mickelson, Donald T. Phillips
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    Asin: 0446578576
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-21)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 3066
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Every year, he became so close only to fall short. Every year, the dream grew larger, only to fade away. Yet every year, his gallery of fans grew in support of his quest. Then on April 11, 2004, for the most beloved golfer of the decade, everything changed.

    In ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY, Phil Mickelson takes us on a magical journey inside a life few have seen up close, but a life whose lessons can be cherished forever.As we travel hole-by-hole through the triumphant Sunday at the Masters, Phil looks back at the influences that made him the man he is today:his mom and dad, who mentored him on the balance between family and golf; his wife, Amy, who has given him so much happiness and fulfillment; and their three children, who remain their top priority.

    With personal insights from Phil's family and never been seen photos of his most treasured moments, ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY is a book not only for Phil's millions of fans, but for everyone who finds inspiration in reading about a champion on and off the course. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One Magical Sunday = One Magical Book
    It's rare that an athlete or to be more specific, an athlete's accomplishment can capture the attention and hearts of an entire nation. But that is exactly what happened on that April day in 2004, that One Magical Sunday when the entire country became enthralled with the left-handed "lovable loser" from San Diego.

    I am not sure what it is about Phil Mickelson that earned the love and respect of nearly every golf fan, and in this book, Mickelson wonders the same thing. There is something about us as Americans that makes us root for the underdog - the Rocky Balboas, the Boston Redsoxes, and the Phil Mickelsons of the world seem to epitomize everything that is America - the belief that dreams can come true, even in the face of adversity. And as quaint as that may sound, those beliefs come to life in this book.

    This book takes us on a roller coaster ride of all 18 final holes at Augusta National, but much more than that, this is a story of a man who truly feels he is more blessed to have the love and support of his family more so than a major championship.

    Sprinkled between a play-by-play recap of the final round of the 2004 Master's, are little anecdotes about Phil's life - from his childhood in San Diego through his college years at ASU through the birth of his three children, we become privy to a world of Phil Mickelson that most of us never knew, and we get to meet the people who helped shape Phil's life and influence him the most - from his parents to his college golf coach to his wife and kids.

    The result? You walk away liking the guy even more than you already did, which is no small feat considering how much he was admired to begin with. This is a quick read and a real gem for golf fans and anyone who loves a great story of an underdog's triumph.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loves Life and The Game
    I truly enjoyed reading this book due to its unique organization, simple language and profound principals expressed by Phil.The chiefest of these is that life to him is much more than golf.The joy that comes from the game is import to him, not winning, accolades, etc.

    His family is primary also, as evidenced by the decisions he has made in favor of his family over golf, e.g. Mercedes tournament absence.

    There is much revealed in this chronicle of his magical Masters victory, which is the organizational center, then revolving around this is past memories which cropped up in his Green Jacket round, and then contributions by friends, competitors, relatives, caddie, etc.This makes for a great insight into the talented, competitive golfer who so often is misunderstood and misportrayed by the media.

    Thus, this book helps to clear the media polluted air about this great golfer and more importantly, family man.The story of his 2003 with all its trials, but especially about the severe, life threatening birth of son episode endures this great person to me even more.The joy he takes from more simple things off camera are touching and should be inspirational to many.

    A great read to all golfers and those interested in Phil.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THANKS FOR RIDE PHIL
    If you like Phil Mickelson or if you like a feel good story -- then I strongly recommend that you read this book.Phil not only takes the reader through his final 18 holes at Augusta but also the foundation that he was provided as a child.The book is very easy and a quick read.Surrounded by supportive family and friends, Phil makes it a point not to take any of that for granted.Unlike so many professional athletes, Phil is grounded and humble.It is impossible not to cheer for Phil Mickelson.Of course, I am terribly biased as I am a huge Phil Mickelson fan.I am a die-hard sports fan and am seldom moved by accomplishments.However, I must say I wore out my family room carpet as he played the back 9 on Sunday at Augusta.Enjoy the book golf fans because I know I did. ... Read more


    12. The Dr. Bob Rotella CD Collection
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    Asin: 0743544773
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 25691
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    GOLF IS A GAME OF CONFIDENCE

    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.

    GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT

    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.

    PUTTING OUT OF YOUR MIND

    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

    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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    13. 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


    14. 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


    15. 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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    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


    16. 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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    17. How to "Kill" the Ball/The Formula for Power and Accuracy
    by Dan R. Shauger
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    Asin: 0974611417
    Catlog: Book (2004-06)
    Publisher: 2 Down Press Inc.
    Sales Rank: 42020
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is one powerful way to swing
    If you really want to kill the ball, get this book. this is not your standard traditional golf swing, just flip through the book and you will see what i mean, but please start at the the beginning and no skipping around, just hang in there and you will be rewarded with one powerfull golf swing,JerryMB

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For A Serious Golfer
    How to "Kill" the Ball is the most complete explaination of how to generate power and accuracy in the golf swing. This is a huge undertaking, and Dan Shauger has a definte "hole in one"!
    After reading this book, I finally "got" the golf swing . My pitching wedge immediately went from 100 yards to 110 yards. After six months, I am hitting my pitching wedge 130 yards. Don't kid yourself, turning understanding into a golf swing takes time and effort. However, Dan is helpful and will answer your questions. This book is a complete recipe for creating a powerful and accurate swing. I would recommend that you also purchase the accompaning DVD to see the concept in action. Being that golf swing is three dimensional, the video gives an excellent supplement to the book's instruction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Dan Shauger
    I am a professional long drive competitor and am always looking for ways to hit longer and more solid shots. I purchased Dan Shauger's book last fall and was blown away by how unique his method is compared to everything I've ever read and learned about the golf swing.In Dan's swing you break many of the cardinal rules of the swing that have been preached for centuries. In my case, I gave the method a try and am now hitting longer, straigher drives consistently.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brillant, well thought out, simply outstanding work.
    How to Kill the Ball, by Dan Shauger.Well lets start by saying Thanks Dan! Bravo.

    You are the only one that has brought the Austin method to the fore front. I have known Mike Austin for some time now, and he is a tough cookie to break for the real truth of the golf swing, and you have done an outstanding job of showing through illustration, words and pictures.
    You are the only one that I have found that truly knows this Method, and the more I read this book, the more I know that you are the one that I would trust with my swing to learn this method.
    I can say this read was very enjoyable, fun and brought back a few laughs that I had with my talks with Mike Austin. Your words where chosen splendidly, through out the book.

    The truth be told, this method as good as it get, breaks ground from the old traditional method that hasplagued so many into the wrongs of how to swing a golf club.

    What I find so unique is that you leave everyone the opportunity to speak to you or email you for any help one might need, that is rare, and you are to be commended.I have heard your pupil Jaacob has been granted sponsorship for one of the tours, nice work.
    Nobody said it was going to be easy, only with this method you now have the rights to the correct way to swing a golf club. So much Confidence one will gain from your book and fromyour on going assistance. You are truly a special person, Thanks a million. You have made my job so much easier. Peace my friend.

    Chuck

    1-0 out of 5 stars Now obsolete swing theory or proved not efficient
    Dan's student Jaacob Bowden's swing now doesn't look like what he demonstrated in this book or Dan's DVD. They changed the swing. There was no substantiation for the swing other than Jaacob. And now Jaacob's swing is changed by Dan again. Why learn obsolete swing? ... Read more


    18. The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
    by Mark Frost
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    Asin: 0786869208
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-06)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 3003
    Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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    Now in paperback, the U.S. Golfing Association's Best Golf Book of the Year.

    In 1913, golf's first superstar went up against a green 20-year-old amateur. It was the birth of modern golf. Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the most spectacular match the sport has ever known. Vardon had escaped a life of poverty in Britain to achieve universal recognition as the greatest champion in the game's history. Ouimet, a virtual unknown from Massachusetts, was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie and worshipped Vardon. When these unlikely opponents finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 U.S. Open, the world's reaction to its remarkable drama and heart-stopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.

    Weaving together the stories of Vardon and Ouimet to create his narrative, Mark Frost has crafted a uniquely involving, intimate epic: equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Greatest Golf Book Ever Written
    Mark Frost takes you back to the beginning of the American golf boom. The inspiring detailed account of Francis Ouimet's 1913 US Open is just one part of this wonderful historical book. Frost takes you through Harry Vardon's career and Francis Ouimet's childhoods, with background of all the great British golfers at the turn of the century. He then traces the growth of American golf, with the stories of John McDermott, Long Jim Barnes and a young Walter Hagen. All participants in the 1913 US Open.
    Until reading this book, I never understood the impact of Ouimet's win on the careers and lives of Gene Sarazen, Bobby Jones and Francis' caddy, Eddie Lowery, and American golf in general. This book belongs in the hands of every young golfer, just as Francis Ouimet grew up with and was inspired by Harry Vardon's "The Complete Golfer".

    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely fabulous narrative
    It would be hard to come up with a more obscure topic for a book. The 1913 US Open? Are you kidding? Who wants to read about that? It was only because I heard a positive review of this book over the radio that I even considered picking it up. I am most gratified that I did.

    The first section of the book, which discusses both the rise of Harry Vardon to golf superstardom and the childhood of Francis Ouimet, is riveting. Two individuals, raised half a world apart (although in similar economic circumstances) make their way through their respective worlds. It seems totally unlikely that their two paths will ever intersect.

    The second section of the book, which covers the qualifying & final rounds for the US Open, was to me a little less engaging, at least until the final playoff round between Ouimet, Vardon, and Ted Ray, where the 20-year-old Ouimet shocked the golf world by defeating the seasoned British professionals. His victory announced the arrival of American golf, and ranks as one of the great upsets in sports history. Ouimet was the first US amateur to win the US Open. The stroke-by-stroke description of the final round is a true page-turner.

    The book only bogged down when the author attempts to describe the era in which the game is set. He gushes over Teddy Roosevelt & castigates William Howard Taft, whose term he describes as one of the most disastrous in history. This section not only seems unnecessary, but clearly shows that Frost is not exactly a student of US history. Taft may not be one our great presidents, but his term was not exactly a fiasco. Why Frost spends as many pages ripping into Taft is a mystery to me.

    All golfers should read this, if for no other reason than to be humbled by the description of the equipment & conditioins under which these golfers played. In a day of graphite shafts & over-sized heads, where duffers can launch the ball great distances, it is almost inconceivable that men could play with any accuracy with wooden shafts & gutties. One is left with the impression that Harry Vardon would massacre most modern-day professionals if given half the chance. It is very depressing for hackers such as myself, but then one has the example of Francis Ouimet, who reminds us why we love the game so much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ouimet Book a Winner
    A thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable read. Mark Frost does an excellent job of taking a number of names from golf's past, fleshing them out and bringing them back to life nearly 100 years after the event. Frost's descriptions of the final rounds and the playoff are so detailed and comprehensive you will feel that you watched them on television. This is a real treasure of a book, and well worth your time and money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes. Yes. Yes.
    The greatest golf book ever written.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Dramatization of the 1913 U.S. Open Championship
    Although I drive past the Ouimet museum every day on my way to work, have contributed to the Ouimet Scholarship fund for caddies for many years and thought I knew all about the 1913 Open, this book was an eye opener for me. Almost everything I thought I knew was incorrect in some important detail, and the best parts of the story were unknown to me until I read this well researched and exciting book.

    While I'm not sure that the 1913 Open was the greatest game ever played, I do know that The Greatest Game Ever Played was the best sports book I read in 2003. I heartily recommend it to any golf fan and those who love to read about the underdog rising to the top.

    Before discussing the Open, let me comment that this book has a format that most will find unusual. There is extensive background on the origins of golf, the backgrounds of the players, the development of golf in the United States and the social history of the time, as well a lengthy section on aftermaths of the players and individuals involved. You will learn about unexpected subjects, such as how tuberculosis was treated before there were antibiotics.

    The story-telling style is in the best tradition of fictional dramatizations. Some of the dialogue is invented. The author indicates that "in employing dialogue to bring these scenes to life, I used source material for direct attribution whenever possible. In its occasional absence I attempted to infer intent from prose or reportage . . . . In rare exceptions, with a dramatist's license, and in the utter want of an eyewitness, I took the liberty of elaborating on those perceptions beyond what I could absolutely verify." It's impossible to know which dialogue material is a quotation and what is invented, so don't take the dialogue too literally. It's like watching a made-for-television movie about the Open. One of the strengths of the dramatization is to capture the psychology of the event in what read to me like realistic terms.

    During the matches, there's a tremendous amount of detail about the shots that were taken. I was impressed by the amount of research that went into capturing the drama of the occasion.

    If you don't know the story, Harry Varden was the greatest star of his day. He was touring the United States with Ted Ray to earn money and to establish British superiority over the Americans by winning the Open. Before he was done, he would win six British Open championships despite having lost many years due to World War I and his illness with tuberculosis . . . and its permanent effects on his putting. Varden was Ouimet's idol, in fact. Their backgrounds were very similar in coming up as caddies from poor, working class families. Golf had been a game for the privileged rich until a small class of professionals rose up. Ouimet's victory was exceptional in that he played as an amateur and because he was so inexperienced. His victory had large ramifications for the sport in encouraging its further development in the United States and in attracting future stars to the game like Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones.

    The venue for the competition was The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet lived across from the 17th hole and learned to play on three holes that he and his brother built in their backyard. Ouimet got his first golf club by trading used balls he found on the course. Golf fans will be delighted to know that the 17th hole has been important in three major tournaments at TCC, the most recent being the long putt that Justin Leonard made there to win the Ryder Cup in 1999.

    To me, one of the most delightful parts of the story involved tiny 10-year-old Eddie Lowery caddying for Ouimet after the first day of qualifying. Eddie was no taller than the bag and had to dodge the truant officer to get to the course. He had injured his foot before the Open and the wound bled through his bandage every day. Anyone who has ever had a young caddy will be reminded of the pleasures of working with a youngster and how that joy adds to the fun of playing.

    Mr. Frost is an exceptional story teller, and I hope that he will write other historical dramatizations in the future.

    As I finished the book, I realized that I should be sure to look for well researched versions of historical subjects to test my understanding of those events. Otherwise, my beliefs will often be wrong . . . and I will miss out on the drama of the real story. ... Read more


    19. David Leadbetter 100% Golf: Unlocking Your True Golf Potential
    by David Leadbetter, Richard Simmons
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    Asin: 0062708236
    Catlog: Book (2002-04)
    Publisher: HarperResource
    Sales Rank: 54541
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    In his latest book, David Leadbetter, the game's greatest and most successful golf coach, presents his seminal work, a compendium of golf instruction covering every aspect of the swing and game.

    Drawing on a lifetime of playing and teaching the game of golf, David Leadbetter has developed the unique ability to translate very difficult swing concepts and golf fundamentals into easy-to-understand language that all levels of golfers can learn and benefit from. David Leadbetter's 100% Golf is the defining point of a lifetime's theories, teachings, tips, and drills. It covers every aspect of the swing and game in general, in the smallest detail, and is free of the excessive technical jargon associated with most instructional books. From alignment, ball position, and driving to fitness, mental toughness, and problem lies, this book contains everything the practicing golfer will ever need to know.

    David Leadbetter has been involved in the golf community for more than thirty years. He continues to teach the art of golf through his bestselling books and videos. Now, for the first time, he compresses all the knowledge he has gathered over the years and presents it in this one volume. Leadbetter, who came to world prominence in the late 1980s after he helped Nick Faldo dismantle and then rebuild his swing, has taught many of today's PGA Tour leaders and earned himself an unrivaled reputation as "the man" to remedy a troubled golf swing. In 1999 Golf Digest voted him the best coach of all time; few would argue. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars This book can work wonders...but you have to let it flow.
    I walked into the bookstore and this book stared me in the face. Instantly I was drawn to it. An amateur golfer who has only read Harvey Pennick's LITTLE RED BOOK, I knew there was a lot of information on swing mechanics that I was missing. I picked it up. Jam-packed with large detailed color pictures and instruction that is meant to be felt and not analyzed, I knew this books was for me. I took this book home and started studying it, trying to memorize all the information I could--careful not to let any drop seep out of my brain. One thing I realized right away: this book CAN help you IMPROVE YOUR SWING SPEED while at the same time improving the accuracy with which you strike the ball. For all those men out there who think they need to hit the ball hard to hit if far, think again. Case in point: I bought my wife her first set of golf clubs three months ago. She is 5'4. When everything is grooving for her, she can hit the ball over 200 yards. I even witnessed her hit it 220 with her 3 wood. The last time we went golfing she hit the flag from 150 yards away. She says it feels like she is not even holding the club. How am I doing? I used to burn through gloves--now I'm not even wearing one. My drives are straight and beautiful. My short game has also improved: lob shots, chip shots, sand shots, putting. The biggest difference in my game is that now when I play my worst I am still playing better than I ever did before.

    The only thing I wished to see more of in this book was a section on how to 'work' shots. The draw and fade and all that jazz...it's not in there. However, if you want to learn to play better, consistent golf, then 100% Golf can help you do it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Throw out all your old golf books and buy this winner
    This book is worth every penney in just the first couple of pages. Leadbetter has written a real gem. This book has the nitty gritty details of how to go out and play better golf quickly and easily. I have bought and read about 4 golf books this year and this book is by far the best. Leadbetter has a way of explaining golf in the form of sensations. This book has a great drill that instantly allows you to feel how the swing is "supposed" to be felt. Once I had that sensation in my mind I instantly started hitting a repeatable swing for the first time. I took my wife out golfing today and explained to her that sensation of the swing and she was hitting the ball correctly for the first time. Excellent book, its a winner.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Once again, Leadbetter makes the simple complex
    Leadbetter turns swinging a club into a bunch of scientific mumbo-jumbo that I cannot apply to my own game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best golf book ever
    As a golfer looking for guidance on how to improve my game this book was incredible. Leadbetter has a unique ability to breakdown the game to the finest detail in a very clear and concise way. One of my favorite things about this book are the drills it includes. We all know that practicing without a plan leads to little if no results. The drills give you a game plan. I strongly recommend buying this book together with the Practice Golf book also from Leadbetter. I was so impressed with these two books that I went on to buy a third book from Leadbetter which focuses on drills (Faults and Fixes). Having read Tiger Woods golf book recently I can tell you that Leadbetters books are much better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A solid offering from one of golf's best
    If you've never heard of David Leadbetter, he's one of golf's premier teachers, with a string of famous students on the tour who sing his praises (starting with Nick Faldo) and he was recently named Golf Digest's "best golf coach of all time". He also runs a string of 16 golf academies, with a home base in Florida.

    If you don't have any of David's other products and are interested in an instructional book, this one is a "must-buy." Its text is simple to follow and the ideas are easy to picture in your head. David purposely avoids overly technical dissertations on the swing in favor of simple explanations and drills to find the "feel" of each teaching point. The drills are simple and helpful and laid out in a very easy-to-find fashion with pictures that leave no question in your mind what you should be doing. That's helpful, as the large, hardcover book is a little bulky to take out on the range with you. I find the most value in this book reading it casually when I have spare time -- eating lunch alone, on breaks, on the bus to/from work -- and then I try the drills I can remember when I get home or out on a range.

    The lessons themselves run from the very fundamental -- the grip, says David, is the single most common culprit in all of golf -- to the slightly more advanced. While a lot of this material is not exactly "new," some of the drills are new and the text really sort of "sums up" David's thinking to this point. As such, if you already own other Leadbetter books and videos, you might not find too much else of value here, but if you've got the money to spend and have dogeared all your other Leadbetter books to the point of no return, there's certainly no harm in picking up this one as well. ... Read more


    20. Lost Balls : Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies
    by Charles Lindsay
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    Asin: 0821261851
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 5179
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Charles Lindsay's photographs offer a humorous and inquisitive foray into the hazards where golf balls are lost--rough, woods, bunkers, and wetlands--as well as unexpected encounters with wildlife on and off the green. An avid golfer with plenty of experience losing balls, Lindsay photographs his way to the heart of the game with a light touch and an eye for telling details. In the process, he discovers balls ravaged by golfers, gators, and foxes--and lost for over a century.

    Lindsay even encounters what is believed to be the world's oldest golf ball--unearthed in a cellar in the Netherlands alongside a primitive club.

    The photographs were taken at celebrated courses in North America, England, Scotland, and Ireland: Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Bethpage, Fossil Trace, Troon, St. Andrews, Royal St. Georges, Ballybunion, Old Head, and many others.

    The foreword by John Updike is a celebration of golf and nature and where the two meet. A humorous story by golf giant Greg Norman rounds out the book. ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lost Balls- a great photgraphic journey
    Charles Lindsay has captured the true soul of golf with this photographic journey through some of the most interesting places in the world. This book is perfect for the person who truely loves and understands the game of golf. His combination of humor and photographic genius make this a wonderfully entaining book for anyone who has ever played the game. I hope there is a sequel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than "How To Line Up Your 4th Putt"
    Charlie Lindsay is an irreverant guy with an unfailing eye. He sees what others don't and makes you grin for the joy of discovery he has had with his camera out in nature searching for the bizarre and wonderful on and around the golf course.

    Be it a golf ball tucked neatly under a "meadow muffin" or a pair of golf shoes hanging from a tombstone, be prepared for a visual feast where golf and golf courses are the metaphor.

    What a treat. What a great gift!! I've sent a dozen already and it's early in the day. ... Read more


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