Golf Basics: Learn the Game and Lower Your Handicap

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At least 2 million men and women take up golf each year in the USA. Millions more continue to play at a level far below their potential. All those novices and duffers can find a respectable single-figure handicap within reach, thanks to the practical, realistic approach of Golf Basics. There are answers to all the pertinent questions: How long does it take to become proficient? When will the grip start to feel comfortable? How do you stop slicing the ball? And players will learn how to avoid the most treacherous hazard of all: the search for perfection. You don't need a flawless technique to achieve a game you can be truly proud of.

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John Daly once remarked that he learned a lot about golf from the drawings and descriptions in Golf Digest. He also said that Jack Nicklaus was his model, and he used to watch him on television. Thus, it is not impossible to learn golf outside of a student/teacher relationship-very, very difficult but not impossible. These three books, all aimed at people who are new to the game of golf, show the uninitiated what to expect and how to behave when on the golf course for the first time. Their value is not so much as primary texts, however, but as reinforcement to other instruction methods, such as a clinic or a videotape. How, for example, does a person remember what the instructor said about setup? Of the three, The Golf Rules Problem Solver does a fairly good job of explaining the rules of golf in fairly uncomplicated language and may be of some interest to the post-beginner. The other two are basic golf instruction books, of which there are no shortage. While Gary McCord's Golf for Dummies is fairly comprehensive, it does not have the strength of the visuals of these three books. George Hibbard's Perfect Impact is more limited to the swing of the golf club but does have a companion video. As golf is one of but a handful of sports (including tennis and swimming) that can be considered "lifetime" activities, a basic introduction to the game would be a good addition to any general library. Any of the three reviewed here would serve this purpose. However, if a library already has a good basic introduction to golf, it could easily take a pass on these.-Steve Silkunas, North Wales, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780600612353
  • Publisher: Hamlyn
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham McColl is an established writer and the author of several successful sport books. He contributes to numerous publications, including, The Times, Living Well Life and the official programme for the Dunhill Links Championship.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Equipment 8
The grip 16
The swing 20
The long game 32
The short game 52
Bunkers 84
Putting 94
Rules and etiquette 108
Course management 122
Glossary 126
Index 127
Acknowledgements 128
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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    good for both beginners and those wanting to improve their game

    A good overall description of the elements that make up the game.
    I especially liked the break down of different shot scenerios and club
    selection. The photos and illustrations were helpful also.
    I just found out a new edition of this book was published in April of this year. I would highly recommend it and even gave a copy to my golfing partner for her birthday.

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