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The Plane Truth for Golfers
Jim Hardy
0071432450
Mar 2005
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Book Description
Jim Hardy is the most knowledgeable teacher in golf. This extraordinary book will be the most revolutionary instructional book since Ben Hogan's Five Lessons ." --Peter Jacobsen, Seven-time PGA Tour event winner Voted one of "America's 50 Greatest Teachers" by Golf Digest and ranked in the "Top 100 Teachers" list of Golf magazine, Jim Hardy is a veritable scholar of swing. He's been fixing the swings of professional and amateur golfers since 1977, and in The Plane Truth for Golfers , he makes his groundbreaking concepts available to you for the first time. Hardy's revolutionary approach is simple: There are two sets of fundamentals to the swing, not one. There is the one-plane swing, for more athletic players, and the two-plane swing, suitable for players of all abilities. Understanding these concepts is...


Five Lessons
Ben Hogan
0671612972
Sept 1985
Paperback
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Book Review
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.

Review
Jim FogertyProfessional, Sunset Country Club, St. LouisMost articles on golf deal only in theory, but Ben is to be congratulated on probably the most practical series on golf instruction ever written.
Timothy E. SickCalgaryAfter reading the first two articles, I had a 73 for the first time in my...


Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect
Bob Rotella
068480364X
May 1995
Hardcover
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Book Review
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.

Review
Tom Kite from the foreword In the first twelve years of my life on the PGA Tour, I had established myself as a pretty decent player, but had only won five official tournaments. In the ten years since meeting...


Great Golf: 150 Years of Essential Instruction from the Best Players, Teachers, and Writers of All Time
Danny Peary (Editor)
158479464X
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A century and a half of golf instruction, 127 great essays, 96 of the sport's best players, teachers, and writersNearly 150 years have passed since H. B. Farnie's The Golfer's Manual was published in Scotland. In all that time there has been no comprehensive book that brings together the classic lessons of the great players and teachers of the game and presents that wisdom in their own words-until now. Here, in one elegantly designed and illustrated volume, the men and women who both pioneered and popularized the game of golf provide instruction in every aspect of the sport. From H. J. Whigham's unified swing theory (1897) to Ben Hogan's modern fundamentals; from Joyce Wethered on visualizing the shot to Lee Trevino on psyching out your opponent, the 127 original, idiosyncratic, and trailblazing essays in this book...


Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible
Dave Pelz
0767903447
May 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
As the reigning rabbi on the mysteries of golf from 100 yards in, Pelz has earned the right to anoint his expansive instruction on the short game a "Bible." A scientist by training, he's analyzed the macros and dissected the micros to come up with a gospel for pros (Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, and Anika Sorenstam, to name a few disciples) and weekend hackers alike. Pelz fills his scripture with photos, illustrations, charts, and plenty of sage advice on pitching, chipping, sandplay, putting, equipment, execution, mechanics, technique, practice, attitude, lots of questions, and plenty of answers. Much of the Short Game Bible is pretty sophisticated stuff aimed toward better players--or, at least, players who take their golf seriously. But its basics are appropriate to any skill level of the game: Accurately assess your own...


Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game
Joseph Parent
0385504462
May 2002
Hardcover
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Review
“The lessons in Zen Golf make the mental game seem so simple. Dr. Parent has given me very effective methods for working with thoughts and emotions, and for taking the negatives out of the picture.”
-Vijay Singh, Masters and PGA Champion

“Soothing and enlightening, Zen Golf exposes us to the storm-tossed waters of the golfer's psyche, but in short order, Dr. Parent has us bobbing easily amidst the waves.”
-Guy Yocum, Senior Writer for Golf Digest

“There’s no other book like this one. If you want to know what has gotten in the way of playing better and what you can do about it, look no further.”
-Mike “Radar” Reid, PGA Tour Winner

“Doc’s unique teaching methods helped me to concentrate and to go from the...


The Search for the Perfect Golf Club
Tom Wishon
1587261855
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Search for the Perfect Golf Club is the first book that explains to the golfing layman how and why golf clubs work the way they do. It lets them in on the secrets that will allow them to spend their money more wisely and start enjoying the game more. Golf is about having fun. Simply put, this book is about understanding its tools and removing some of the barriers that keep it from being more fun for more people.

From the Author
The sad fact is that the average golfer knows little more about golf clubs than what he or she reads in advertising or sees in Golf Channel infomercials. This lack of knowledge results in millions of golfers attempting to play an already difficult game with equipment that not only won't, but can't possibly, meet their needs. - Tom Wishon ...


Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game
Gio Valiante
0385511922
May 2005
Hardcover
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Review

I have had the privilege of getting to know Gio as a friend and a teacher on the PGA Tour. He is the next superstar in sports psychology!”
—Davis Love III, eighteen-time PGA Tour Champion

“After six months of playing below my expectations, I began working with Dr. Valiante. He recognized my problems immediately due to his vast research on the PGA Tour with players such as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. In my first two events under Gio’s guidance, I was a new player! I was playing with confidence and purpose! The results speak for themselves. If you are trying to become a better golfer, I highly recommend that you take this book to heart.”
—Justin Leonard, eight-time PGA Tour winner, 1997 British Open Champion

“What makes Gio great is his immense knowledge, but...



Token Chick: A Woman's Guide to Golf with the Boys
Cheryl Ladd
1401352227
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Through recollections of her many moments being the only woman in the male celebrity-dominated pro-am (professional-amateur) world, Ladd—clearly and proudly addressing women readers—explains how she turned being a "token chick" into an advantage, a learning experience and a cause for celebration. In 18 short chapters with titles like "BBB: Boys Behaving Badly," and "Golf + PMS = The Pre-Menstrual Swing," Ladd uses her experiences to provide valuable, practical technical tips ("So, how can we make our breasts work for us in our golf swing?") and does so without condescending to those who may not know a lot about the game. Sure, Ladd's Charlie's Angels fame has afforded her the opportunity to play with some big names, and she fills the book with tales of, conversations with, anecdotes about, photos of...


The Little Red Book
Harvey Penick
0684859246
May 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Before titanium drivers, before oversized heads and bubble shafts, before electronic systems to tell you how far you are from the pin, golf was much the same game it is today. The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same, and Penick could teach it better than anybody. For most of his life, he never intended to publish his Little Red Book, a notebook of golf wisdom and anecdotes that he compiled with the idea that he'd pass it on to his son. But, for the sake of history, it's a good thing that he changed his mind. Contained in its 175 pages is just about all you need to know about golf from a technical standpoint, along with Penick's priceless memories of working with famous pros, teaching absolute nobodies to get the ball in the air, and finding a horde of...


Golf for Dummies
Gary McCord
0764551469
Apr 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
If you don't know the difference between a lob wedge and a lemon wedge, check out Golf for Dummies, by CBS commentator Gary McCord, one of the game's most colorful--and knowledgeable--characters. It's a wonderful, often hilarious, never boring introduction to the game. Don't let the foreword by Kevin Costner or the afterword by Hootie and the Blowfish confuse the issue; this is a terrifically sound, easy-to-follow primer. McCord's potato-chip drill--yes, potato-chip drill--will revolutionize your swing, and your thinking, with overtones that could spill directly into off-the-course existence, as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Fuzzy Zoeller, Professional Golfer
"Gary proved to be a good golfer and a good analyst. With Golf For...


Golf Is a Woman's Game
Jane Horn
1558507116
January 1997
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Extraordinary Putting : Transforming the Whole Game
Fred Shoemaker, J. Hardy
0399153330
April 20, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the bestselling author and world-renowned coach, a unique approach to the often neglected art of putting that reveals three important keys to unlock the secrets to improved performance and overall satisfaction.

E xtraordinary Putting offers an innovative approach to improving the overall golf game by focusing on putting, which accounts for more than one-third of the strokes in a typical round. Although not a tips-and-techniques book, Extraordinary Putting features a series of illustrated exercises that will help players develop:

- inner freedom to trust themselves and to recognize self-imposed barriers
- peace of mind that comes from eliminating mental chatter and self-judgments
- increased awareness that allows them to pay attention to their experiences, to understand the...


Every Shot Must Have a Purpose
Pia Nilsson
1592401570
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
It’s not about changing your swing—it’s about changing your mind: Two legendary coaches give golfers a powerful new approach to the game... and to life. As coaches to some of golf’s top players, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have designed and refined a revolutionary way of teaching the game, with phenomenal results. They don’t believe in prescribing the same stance, grip, and swing to everyone, followed by hours of purposeless drilling. They don’t even believe in beginning with physical technique. Their success has proven to them that a great game begins with a great vision. Unlike any other golf book, Every Shot Must Have a Purpose offers cutting-edge techniques for integrating the physical, technical, mental, emotional, and social parts of a player’s game. The book’s...


The Women's Guide to Golf: A Handbook for Beginners
Kellie Stenzel
0312280688
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Kellie Stenzel Garvin, a PGA and LPGA class-A teaching professional, has been golfing since she was 3 years old. In her book, The Women's Guide to Golf, she attempts to teach the woman golfer who has not. Assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the game, she explains everything. The chapters are set up as lessons, the first ones covering the course, the ball, the hole, and the equipment. The simplicity of these first lessons may seem a little insulting--after all, a beginning golfer is not the same as a beginning reader. But when she discusses grip in lesson 5, pay attention--that's when Stenzel Garvin starts to shine. With the aid of 75 black-and-white photos, she takes the novice golfer through the basic points of putting and the short game before moving on to the full swing. Two of the most valuable lessons aimed at...


Dave Pelz's Putting Bible
Dave Pelz
0385500246
June 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Golf's foremost apostle from 100 yards in, Dave Pelz follows up the bestselling Short Game Bible--his essential testament on how to get on the green--with chapter and verse on what to do once you're finally there. The lower your handicap, the more of a religious experience it should be.

While you don't have to be a rocket scientist to explain the forces at work in rolling a small, dimpled ball over changing terrain toward a cup that looks far too small for its purpose, Pelz was in fact a rocket scientist by trade. His approach is analytical, theoretical, mechanical, and systematic, brimming with graphs, charts, and illustrations. But don't let that scare you--for all the science, Pelz and the gospel he preaches are as inspiring as a good sermon and readily understandable regardless of your skill level. Yes,...



The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in Seven Simple Lessons
Michael McTeigue
0689116306
November 1985
Paperback
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A former editorial director of Golf Digest magazine, Ken Bowden has coauthored more than a dozen golf instrunction books, seven of them with Jack Nicklaus
Most golf instruction books are written by famous performers about how they personally swing the club, and there's no doubt the better ones can be helpful-especially if you share the authors's athleticism, ambition, appetite for work, and opportunities for practice and play. This book was written by a very bright but at the time "unfamous" young teacher whose daily bread depended on delivering permanetly decent-to-good golf games to averagly endowed people with no interest in becoming slaves to the sport. He became so successful at that in his immediate community that his pupils demanded he put the system on paper for their constant reference and reminder. He called the result The...


Practical Golf
Jacobs Jacobs
155821738X
May 1998
Paperback
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Review
"I can see why he's one of the world's most successful teachers."--Jack Nicklaus


Golf Flex: 10 Minutes a Day to Better Play
Paul Frediani
1578260310
December 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Flexibility exercises are one of the most underutilized yet profoundly effective fitness activities available to golfers for both their long game and their short game. Increased flexibility not only increases power and control-it reduces the potential of injury. Presented in an easy-to-follow format, the Golf Flex program is simple and can be done at the office, on the course, or at home and requires only 10 minutes a day. Special sections include: first aid and simple rehabilitation for injuries, how to keep your rotator cuffs in good health, and head-to-toe stretch sequences for before and after a game of golf. Professional athletes have discovered the value of flexibility training, and have "flexibility specialists to stretch them before and after a game. Now you can have one of America's leading trainers be your...


Golf
Peter Ballingall
075660222X
Apr 2004
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Book Description
From choosing the right equipment to perfecting your swing, this useful and authoritative guide covers everything there is to know about golf.

Handy guides that use pictures to give readers the information they need, 101 Essential Tips feature comprehensive coverage, beautiful full-color images, and straightforward, practical information on a wide variety of subjects. Every point can be absorbed quickly and easily with 101 authoritative tips that will make anyone an expert in an instant.


The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing
Nick Bradley
0756615194
August 15, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Leading tour coach Nick Bradley shows you how to build a powerful and consistent golf swing with his revolutionary approach, which distills the swing into seven laws to help golfers develop a greater awareness of the correct swing motion.

About the Author
Coach, author, and course designer Nick Bradley has taught every category of golfer, including players in the Ryder Cup and the Walker Cup. He is also a frequent guest on radio and television, as well as a contributor to magazines such as Golf World and Golf Monthly.


Golf Annika's Way : How I Elevated My Game to Be the Best-- and How You Can Too
Annika Sorenstam
1592400760
October 7, 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Its title echoing the enduring how-to guide Golf My Way by Jack Nicklaus (1974), this instructional from Sorenstam is technically orthodox. Perhaps its prime attraction, besides the author's fame and telegenic smile, will be Sorenstam's allusions to deficiencies in her swing that she remedied en route to becoming professional golf's top female player of the past decade. She reports that in early days on tour she was unable to drive the ball far, three-putted too often, and was nervous about bunker shots. Her solutions to these common problems were to delay the uncocking of the wrists on the downswing; putt to the high side of the cup; and in the bunker, assess the lie and set up correctly--all standard-issue counsel. But if it works for Annika, why not for me, thinks the ever-optimistic weekend player, and...

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