Women's Guide to Golf: A Handbook for Beginners

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Throughout her teaching career, Kellie Stenzel has been continually asked to recommend a beginning golf instruction book for her female students to read. She researched the market and found nothing suitable—most books are too technical for the beginner and assume that the reader already has some familiarity with the game. This became the inspiration for The Women's Guide to Golf, a well-crafted and easy-to-understand golf instructional for women who are new to the game.

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Overview

Throughout her teaching career, Kellie Stenzel has been continually asked to recommend a beginning golf instruction book for her female students to read. She researched the market and found nothing suitable—most books are too technical for the beginner and assume that the reader already has some familiarity with the game. This became the inspiration for The Women's Guide to Golf, a well-crafted and easy-to-understand golf instructional for women who are new to the game.

Each section of the book provides a complete explanation of the skills needed to play golf. Ideas are presented in a clear and simple manner—golf lingo is translated into every-day English whenever possible so the reader can easily understand. Since students must have an idea of what they are trying to accomplish before they can learn, Kellie Stenzel starts at the very beginning and gives detailed explanations of basic concepts. For example, she explains what a putter looks like, what a putting green looks like, and what the goal of putting is, before teaching the reader how to putt. In addition, since women's learning style is very different from men's, this book also addresses specific women's issues, such as posture and lack of distance.

This book includes

- a thorough explanation of the game

- easy-to-understand instructions

- suggestions on how to avoid embarrassment as a beginner

- simple ways to remember what you've read

- great anecdotes from the author's experiences as a golfer and a teacher

- over 75 black-and-white photos

The Women's Guide to Golf is one of the most accessible and comprehensive golf instructionals ever written for women—it is the perfect book for any woman who wants to learn the game.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Teaching pro Garvin clearly aims this book at beginners, those afraid of being embarrassed on the course. Thus, the book is not quite as technical as Judy Rankin's Play Better Golf (LJ 12/95). In a friendly, forgiving tone (she even recommends that beginners take practice shots from traps), Garvin covers basic golf swing mechanics, rules, etiquette, lessons, cost-cutting, training aids, range practice, handicaps, gender discrimination, and even how to drive a golf cart. Her approach is "fake it 'til you make it"; in other words, she helps beginners become familiar with golf behavior and terms before they are really proficient. Most useful are the cues or tips she gives her students to increase their success. Also unique is her discussion of dealing with the "Prince Charming Syndrome": men who give unsolicited advice to women golfers. An excellent guide from a savvy teacher, this is highly recommended to public libraries.--Kathryn Ruffle, formerly with Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312280680
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 252,029
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Kellie Stenzel is a PGA class A teaching professional who teaches at the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, New York, and at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. She is a contributing writer for Golf for Women magazine and is the author of The Women’s Guide to Consistent Golf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Shortened the learning curve

    A complete novice, I acquired the confidence and basic knowledge from this readable handbook to get me out on the golf course where the real learning happens. Not a substitute for practice or instruction, but in my experience definitely enhances their effectiveness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    Do You Know What a Putter is?

    If you do, this is not your book. This is more like nursery school golf. If you have any prior golf knowledge do not waste your time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Basic knowledge

    Book contains basic knowledge that can be found just about anywhere. It wouldn't be too bad except the price for this hardcover isn't worth it. Maybe if it were a $5.95 paper back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    Outstanding!!!

    One of the best books I have ever read. Simple, consise and to the point. I highly recommend the book for any golfer beginning the game. Kellie has outlined the best golf has to offer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Very simple for beginning beginners

    Designed for a complete beginner. If you have any golf knowledge do not waste your time. A very cutesy and uninformative book for even a slightly experienced player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Excellent book, it spells everything out for you

    This book is great, very well written and very focused on women. It spells out all the things people automatically assume you know when you start playing. Every chapter is a lesson, my game improved after reading it. If you're only buying one golf book, this is the one.

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