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Great Golf: Essential Tips from History's Top Golfers

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Providing a complete library of golf instruction in one volume, this compilation features a variety of valuable lessons drawn from the most famous, popular, and trailblazing golf books as well as classic and contemporary magazines. Going beyond the standard instructional manual, this is the only golfing reference that presents its information in the original words of the great champions, instructors, and authors—both male and female—while also covering every aspect of the game, integrating its history and the ...

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Overview

Providing a complete library of golf instruction in one volume, this compilation features a variety of valuable lessons drawn from the most famous, popular, and trailblazing golf books as well as classic and contemporary magazines. Going beyond the standard instructional manual, this is the only golfing reference that presents its information in the original words of the great champions, instructors, and authors—both male and female—while also covering every aspect of the game, integrating its history and the parallel development of its multibillion-dollar instruction industry. Featured instructors and players include Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Joyce Wethered, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Jack Nicklaus, Harvey Pennick, Chi Chi Rodriquez, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Nancy Lopez, Dave Pelz, and Vivien Saunders. Showcasing each lesson with feature boxes that condense essential instruction into handy bullet points, this volume’s photographs clearly illustrate the best techniques while countless sidebars, quotes, and tips ensure it is destined to become a classic guide for a timeless sport.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786723
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,372,889
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Peary is a sportswriter and a film critic. He is the coauthor of Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero and Tim McCarver’s Baseball for Brain Surgeons. He is well known for his collaborative work with announcer and baseball player Tim McCarver. He lives in New York City. Allen F. Richardson is an award-winning journalist who has worked in the United States and overseas. He is the author of four books on golf instruction, including Golf Tips: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Game. He lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Gary Player is a professional golfer widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, having garnered nine major championships. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and has won more than 160 tournaments on six continents. He is a renowned golf course architect with more than 300 design projects throughout the world, and he has written several golf books. He lives in Jupiter Island, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Gary Player vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Pre-Swing Fundamentals

Chapter 1 The Grip: Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder 2

The Grip of the Club: Two Hands Like one Harry Vardon(1905)

Evolution of the Hogan Grip Ben Hogan(1948)

How to Grip Jack Nicklaus Ken Bowden(1977)

Toward a Stronger Grip Harvey Penick Bud Shrake(1993)

Chapter 2 The Setup: The Starting Blocks of Golf 16

Advice to Beginners-The Stance H. J. Whigham (1897)

The Stance Genevieve Hecker (Mrs. Charles T. Stout (1904)

Balance Sam Snead AL Stump (1962)

The Setup, Aim and Alignment, and Ball Position Tom Watson Nick Seitz (1992)

Chapter 3 The Pre-Shot Routine: Like Clockwork 32

Visualizing the Shot Joyce Wethered (1931)

Now, It's Up to You Ben Hogan (1948)

Addressing the Ball Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, Jr. (1960)

Pre-Shot and Going to the Movies Jack Nicklaus Ken Bowden (1974)

Developing a Routine Michael Corcoran (1999)

Part 2 The Swing

Chapter 4 Swing Theory: From Gadflys and Gardeners to Gurus 50

Elementary Instruction Horace G. Hutchinson (1890)

The Styles of Champions—Walter Hagen O. B. Keeler (1923)

The Swing Technique Ernest Jones (1946)

The Force-Center Percy Boomer (1946)

The Trouble with Women Mickey Wright Joan Flynn Dreyspool (1962)

The Modern Swing: How It All Began Byron Nelson Larry Dennis (1976)

Feeling Your Hands Bob Toski Davis Love, Jr. Robert Carney (1988)

The Pivot David Leadbetter John Huggan (1990)

The Pendulum-Like Swing Jim Flick Greg Waggoner (1997)

Chapter 5 Swing Components: The Devil Is in the Details 84

The Delayed Hit James M. Barnes (1919)

The Swing Plane Ben Hogan Herbert Warren Wind (1957)

Swing Concepts: Timing and Tempo Beverly Lewis (1989)

Your Swing Plane—The Foundation Hank Haney John Huggan (1999)

Chapter 6 The Backswing: Winding Up the Spring 102

Slow Back—The Line of the Clubhead in the Upward Swing Harry Vardon (1905)

The Backswing Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, Jr. (Circa 1930)

The First Part of the Swing Ben Hogan Herbert Warren Wind (1957)

Nickkus: 22 Years at Hard Labor Alistar Cooke (1972)

Drill: Clip the Tee Going Back and Drill: Put a Brace Behind the Right Knee Butch Harmon (1999)

Chapter 7 The Through-Swing: The Moment of Truth 122

The Downward Swing and Finishing the Stroke James Braid (1906)

Analyzing the Downswing Helen Hicks (1931)

The Art of Hitting with the Hands Tommy Armour (1953)

Your Through-Swing Will Be a Reflex Action John Jacobs Ken Bowden (1972)

Step Five: Move Down to the Ball Jim McLean (1994)

Impact Johnny Miller (2000)

Part 3 The Short Game

Chapter 8 Chipping and Pitching: Ground and Air Assault 148

Approaching Willie Park, Jr. (1896)

Approaching P. A.Vaile (Circa 1928)

The Approach Marlene Bauer Hagge (1960)

The Basic Pitching Stroke Tom Watson Nick Seitz (1983)

The Pitching Supermodel: Tiger Woods Jim McLean (2000)

Chapter 9 Sand Play: Toiling Through the Bunkers of Repentance 170

How to Recover from Bunkers Cyril J. H. Tolley (1924)

Getting Out of Traps Easily Johnny Revolta Charles B. Cleveland (1949)

The Blaster Gary Player (1962)

Relax, Here's How to Ray Floyd Larry Dennis (1989)

The Downhill Bunker: Master the Sand Nick Faldo Vivien Saunders (1989)

Sand Play Made Simple: Shot and The Long Bunker Shot Ernie Els Steve Newell (1998)

Chapter 10 Putting: The Game Within the Game 194

Holing the Ball Walter J. Travis (1901)

Four Main Factors in Putting Mildred Didrikson Zaharias (1943)

Borrow and Break Horton Smith Dawson Taylor (1961)

Putting Overview Dave Pelz (2000)

How to Square Your Putterface and Hole More Putts Tiger Woods Pete McDaniel (2003)

Part 4 Shotmaking

Chapter 11 Faults and Cures: Prescriptions for the Ailing Swing 218

Mashie Play G.W Beldam J.H. Taylor (1904)

Common Faults and How to Cure Tnem Abe Mitchell (1927)

Curing Golf Ailments Johnny Farrell (1951)

The Major Faults John Jacobs Ken Bowden (1972)

What'd I Do Wrong, Coach? Kellie Stenzel (2000)

Chapter 12 Trouble Shots: How to Get Out of Jail 246

Recovering from the Rough and Playing from Difficulties Cecil Leitch (1924)

Rainy Day Play Doug Ford (1960)

Six Super Shots Chi Chi Rodriguez John Andrisani (1990)

Chapter 13 Advanced Techniques: Master Class for the Precocious Golfer 262

The Niblick, the Cut Shot, and How to Apply Backspin P. A. Vaile (circa 1928)

Stopping the Ball Cary Middlecoff (1957)

Shotmaking: The Fun Begins Nancy Lopez Don Wade (1987)

Cut It Out—Here's How Ben Hogan Taught Me the All-Important Cut Shot Ken Venturi (1991)

How to Control and Work the Ball and How to Play the Bump and Run Tom Watson Nick Seitz (1993)

I Dare You: Try My Killer 2 Iron Tiger Woods Peter McDaniel (2000)

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