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A paradigm-smashing instruction book on recovering from trouble and avoiding 'disaster shots''the three or four errant shots in each round that lead to blow up holes and ruin golfers' scores
Over his three decades of working with pro and amateur golfers, Dave Pelz noticed some definite differences between the two, particularly in how pros and amateurs handle trouble shots. Seeking quantitative evidence for his hunch, he used his analytical tools to look at thousands of scorecards from a wide range of amateur players. The data showed that the majority of golfers play at or below their handicap most of the time but are done in by a few 'disaster holes'-double bogeys or worse-each round that ruin their score.
In Damage Control, Dave Pelz teaches all the techniques necessary to recover from trouble and avoid disasters. He explains the golf fact that you will hit errant shots-into deep rough, into sand, into shallow water, or near obstacles that inhibit your swing. The key is being able to recover from these shots and not make a bad situation worse by hitting the ball into deeper trouble.
The book is filled with full-color photos and drills on how to make all the shots you might encounter on a golf course using five skills specifically designed to minimize the chances of making your life worse. Revealing methods for shot-making never before seen in an instructional book, Damage Control is a groundbreaking new look at the game from a master instructor.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.72(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Dave Pelz is the author of two bestselling classics of golf instruction, Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible and Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, and is the foremost instructor of putting and the short game in the world. A former research scientist at NASA, he has been analyzing golf and fine-tuning his instruction methods for three decades. He is the founder of the Pelz Golf Institute and the World Putting Championships, the senior Scoring Game Show instructor on the Golf Channel, and technical advisor to Golf Magazine. He lives outside Austin, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dave Pelz is well known for his putting and short game expertise. He brings those skills to the art of recovering from wayward shots on the course. Pelz makes two great points early in the book that should sell you on his analysis. First, most golfers play well for 13-14 holes of most rounds but lose it on 4-5 holes. Second, most golfers take too many risks trying to recover from bad shots, compounding the initial error and leading to those 4 or 5 "blow-up" holes. With these two insights, Pelz takes you into instruction about the analysis to apply to your trouble shot options and the mechanics of executing the shots necessary to get out of trouble as effectively as possible. His emphasis on thinking about your likely pattern of shots from a particular lie made me immediately reevaluate my thinking on the golf course--I generally apply that thinking when hitting from the tee or into a green from the fairway but somehow have assumed that every shot from an imperfect lie will fit through that small opening that would get me out of trouble. After providing a discussion about the shot analysis and mechanics, Pelz then gives you a plan for developing your skills, starting in the backyard and moving eventually to the course. His suggestions to play a couple of damage control rounds, where you pick out trouble shots, ignoring the rest of your round, (best done, of course, playing as a single and when there aren't many golfers out) and playing two full rounds, one being super conservative when you hit into trouble, the other being an all out gambler, probably constitutes the most practice almost all golfers other than professionals and high-level amateurs will ever devote to trouble shots, but it's easy to see the improvement that should result. You can't expect your trouble game to get better without practice. With Pelz's guidance, you should expect to see the improvement he promises--two to five shots per round.