The Barnes & Noble Review
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)
Very few sports figures have accomplished as much as Woods has already achieved at age 25. He has been named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated twice; he has won more than 30 professional tournaments and he's the youngest player to win the Grand Slam four of the major pro championships. Despite his many commercials and product endorsements, Woods is one of the rare athletes who isn't overplayed in the media. Unlike many other sports stars, Woods plays and wins quietly. That may explain why this instructional book will reach far beyond the links. Woods talks about his experiences and his attitudes toward golf and life. The conversational tone is quite engaging: "The difference between golf and most other sports is that anyone of average intelligence and coordination can learn to play it well. It requires a commitment to being the best that you can be. That has always been my approach to the game.... Pop gave me many great lessons, not only about golf, but also about life. His greatest advice to me was always be myself." On watching the ball, Woods says, "If you're like me, you can't wait to see if the ball is tracking toward the hole right after the golf ball leaves the putterface.... The tendency to peek too soon causes your head to move and leads to off-sloppy contact.... I found an effective way to fight the problem: I practice putting with my left eye closed, so I can't see the target line at all with my peripheral vision. That makes it easier to keep my eyes looking straight down." Accompanied by wonderful photos, the book reads as if Woods is right there with the golfer, providing instructions. (Oct.) Forecast: With scheduled appearances on Oprah and Dateline along withextensive print and television advertising, this book will immediately shoot out of the bookstores. Strong sales should continue for a long time. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Woods's very popular book of personal golf techniques has been transformed into a gem of an instructional audiotape. He teaches the listener the essential physical and psychological aspects of golf, from putting and the short game to the tee shot and the mechanics of one magnificent drive. There is a photo booklet that shows proper positioning of the body, hands, and club for each aspect of Woods's game, which is essential to understanding his methods; keeping track of that booklet in circulation is a potential problem. Listeners are encouraged to stop the tape, examine the booklet, and practice the techniques throughout. There are enough illustrations from Woods's golf exploits to keep the program interesting and to motivate the listener to pick up a club and give it a try. The author explains golf down to the lifestyle: technique, continuous practice, exercise, diet, attitude, and love for the game. Excellently read by Walter Franks, this is very highly recommended. Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.