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At the age of 25, Tiger Woods already ranked as one of the greatest golfers of all time. How I Play Golf is Tiger's debut instructional guide on the mental, physical, and emotional approach to the sport he has mastered. Rather than telling readers how to golf, Woods tells readers how he golfs. It is a brilliant touch -- who better to emulate?
Tiger first illustrates his putting technique, then describes how he pitches, punches, chips, and blasts irons and woods from the tee and the fairway. A few things that have helped his game: a consistent preshot routine and lightening up on the grip (especially when putting). Betraying his expertise, Tiger harps on some aspects of golf many of us have never considered: for example, what is the proper approach to a ball resting in an incidental sand divot in the middle of the fairway? How should one grip a three-wood for a short chip to the green, hit a mud-splotched ball, or a ball partially submerged in water?
In addition to mechanical instruction, Tiger describes the physical preparation and mental approach that have enabled him to play this bedeviling sport for fun and profit. Though Tiger's been golfing since his days in the crib, he hasn't always had the habits of a champion. There isn't a harder worker on the tour; indeed, there isn't anybody who so personifies golf as does Tiger Woods. Understanding how he plays and approaches the sport will help readers reduce their handicap significantly. Just as Tiger copied Jack Nicklaus's interlocking grip, readers may adopt Tiger's techniques. Upon finishing the book, one could proudly claim (in the spirit of the Nike commercials), "I am Tiger Woods!" (Brenn Jones)