The Golf Handbook: The Complete Guide to the Greatest Game

The Golf Handbook: The Complete Guide to the Greatest Game


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The Golf Handbook: The Complete Guide to the Greatest Game by Vivien Saunders

Play Like a Pro with The Golf Handbook

Looking to increase your enjoyment of the sport, improve your technique, and, ultimately, take strokes off your scorecard? Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this fully redesigned and updated third edition of the classic manual The Golf Handbook offers essential tips and strategies, plus hundreds of new diagrams, full-color photographs, and features on modern golfing greats like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Sergio Garcia.

Because The Golf Handbook focuses on every aspect of the game—from how to grip the club to advanced strategy and shot making—this book is valuable for the beginning putter, the competitive low-handicap player, and golfers of every skill level in between.

In The Golf Handbook you’ll find tips on:

• Perfecting your stance, grip, and swing for each shot

• Mastering every club in the bag, from driver to putter

• How to navigate different kinds of courses

• Exercises and practice programs for players at every stage

• Selecting the right equipment

• Strategies for competitive play

• How to make shots in adverse conditions

• The language of golf, the rules, the etiquette, and the bets

• The history of the game and its great players—from Bobby Jones to Jack Nicklaus to Annika Sorenstam

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307337146
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/24/2006
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 206,913
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Vivien Saunders was the first European woman to qualify for the U.S. LPGA tour and won the Ladies British Open in 1977. An authority on golf, she owns two golf courses and is renowned for her teaching methods. She has written ten books, including The Golf Handbook for Women.

Read an Excerpt

Curing the Slice

The slice, in which the ball bends away to the right, is a problem for probably 75 percent of golfers. It is a stiff-wristed shot which cuts the ball away to the right.

The bend becomes more noticeable with the driver, which creates far more sidespin than the lofted clubs. In fact, players tend to pull iron shots left and slice wood shots right.

Slicing is caused by leaving the clubface open -- aiming right -- at impact, either from a weak grip or stiffness in the wrists through impact. In trying to correct this, players aim their feet left and swing across the ball toward this adds more sidespin and the slice gets worse. The more they try to keep the ball left, the farther right it bends.

You must correct the slice first by correcting the direction of the swing. Check your grip. The line between the thumb and index finger of both hands should point to the right shoulder or even outside it. Keep the left arm loose beyond impact and let it fold out of the way, with the elbow folding in and not breaking out.

Try to close the clubface and hook the ball. Let it go as far left as you like, rolling the arms and wrists over if necessary in order to feel the opposite spin to the slice.

Be "afraid" of the left side of the course, rather than the right. Once you start pulling shots to the left, it is logical to correct the out-to-in (left-aimed) swing. At this point make sure the stance is square, from feet to shoulders, with the right shoulder down and relaxed.

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