PGA Academy instructors introduce young people to the game of golf. Tthe authors explain golf in simple terms and concepts without missing an important detail.
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- Firefly Books, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.52(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 17 Years
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From the Introduction: Here's what's in the book:
Chapter I: Equipment
Is it the archer or the arrows? Well it's both and this chapter is about your clubs, you know, the things you hit the ball with. In the last ten years, the use of the computer documents that the effects of club specifications, such as loft and lie, on the flight of the golf ball are substantial. The results of the research are clear: learning to swing the golf club correctly is directly dependent on having the correct golf club to swing. To maximize your performance in golf, you should fit your golf clubs to your own personal characteristics-such as swing speed, strength, and your body size.
What are the important specifications you need in your equipment to make sure you can make a good swing? Now there's often a big difference between what you need and what you want (remember the line from the Rolling Stones song "You can't always have what you want") and in this chapter we'll just focus on what you need.
Chapter 2: The Rules
You can go out and just hit the ball around, but if you want to play the game called golf there are rules and in this chapter we review the only ones you really have to know. Playing by the rules lets you know how good you really are and it's fun because you're playing the same exact game as the pros are-at least rules wise. And how about a word on how to behave (this isn't for you because you're a perfect kid, it's for all the other kids reading this). Golf has a rich history as played by gentle men and women and this section on etiquette suggests a few basic dos and don'ts that every golfer should know and observe.
Chapter 3: How To Teach Your Kid Golf
This chapter, mom and dad, is for you. We know you're interested in helping your kid to play better golf so we included non-technical information on how kids learn that will help you teach your junior. But remember, you're a guide not a jailer.
Chapter 4: Full Swing
So you think you're doing it right, well here's a chance to match yourself up with the kids in the book. You never can tell, maybe you're better than they are so next time you'll be in the book with other kids copying you. We'll start with the grip and cover the entire stance and swing. Our models are good players, who are 11, 13, 15, 17 years old respectively.
Chapter 5: The Short Game
Since approximately 65 per cent of the strokes you take are from 100 yards and in, pitching, putting, chipping and sand play make up an important segment of your blueprint for better golf. Even the best pros in the world miss on average about six greens a round, yet they manage to shoot par or better. Obviously then, how you handle the close shots from just off the green, plays a major role in how well you score or, if you don't care about score, how well you're playing your game.
Chapter 6: Group Learning
Group Learning is an important part of learning golf for kids and we'll outline what kind of programs are out there for you to take advantage of and how a good junior golf program is structured.
Chapter 7: Tournaments
So you're ready to play in tournaments? Here's what you should know, including how to play tournament golf (on course strategy) and where the competition is on a national level.
As you can see from this brief overview, the purpose of this book is quite simply to help you play better golf. In the final analysis, your development depends on your ability to learn-our job is to get you started in the right direction.
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