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If you move back on your heels or forward on your toes during the swing, your hands and body will try to compensate in some way to get the club head to the ball. That will change all kinds of things in your swing for the worse. When you want to improve, you need to start by doing something harder than your desired end result. Swinging a club while standing on the foam log is a lot harder than swinging with your feet on the ground.

If you can keep in balance on the log, you can do it on the ground.

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One key is to work on a one-piece takeaway. We want the hands and body to work in sync. You want to start moving the club with your shoulders or your chest, not your hands. Hands players do not produce power and they do not produce consistency. Swinging in tempo lets your hands and body square the club face to the proper line. It also lets your body shift its weight in the right sequence for maximum power.

Courses and trips of value are flagged but descriptions there are over are summed in so few words that the writing has next to no value. The book contains some nice photographs but many have nothing to do with golf. Although the book came at a bargain price I really can't say it is a bargain to buy. A good sized book with next to no reading value.

The Best Golf Tips Ever contains many tips. So many in fact that some are repeated more than once and others suggest opposite of a previous tip. Such is the case with leaving the pin in or pulling the pin when confronted with a close chip. Another is to "practice 4 foot putts before a game", while another says, "practice long putts to get your weight". Which is it? I'm now of the opinion that too many tips in one book isn't such a good idea.

Especially if the tips are from more than one person. Mixed between the tips is on-course analysis of famous golf holes from around the world and a player profile. These pages provide a breather to allow you to absorb some of content before you move on to another chapter. Tips are sorted into 18 chapters starting with equipment and moving on through various positions of play on the course. All aspects of play are covered including the mental game, course management, and practicing. The layout of the book is excellent. However, I now have mixed feeling about the value of too many tips.

Too much solutions when I only need one. I found the book to be written in very good taste and it appeared that every effort was taken to go lightly on facts that could really hurt or cause some awkward meeting between Hank and Tiger in the future. If the book were written about me, I think I would be grateful. Hank does some statistical comparisons between himself and Butch Harmon but I find this has little value because the coaching was done at a different time in Tiger's career.

I get the impression Hank needs to identify that his teaching techniques helped, rather than hurt, Tiger's success during his period of coaching. Hank also throws a few shots at Sean Foley but it appears to be in response to comments that Sean directed at Hank. The plans for a new golf course have gone missing and June Jacobs and Harry Winslow, two private investigators that specialize in golf mysteries, are brought in to find the design.

Unlike most mysteries, The Case of the Missing Links ends with a murder actually more than one and, although not surprising, there are many suspects. It's a fun read for the golfer any mystery love. Like most of us passionate golfers we have lofty goals of what we'd like to achieve but not many of us take the chance and try to make our dreams come true. The Fine Green Line is a great example of what will probably be the outcome when you take a decent but not great golfer and put them under the pressure of trying to make a living on golf's minor circuit.

I understand the frustration of trying to succeed when the skill set isn't there. Humiliation can saddle us all. And I'm certainly glad to see that John Paul Newport has a writing career awaiting him after golf. With the 20th anniversary of The Golf Channel, The Golf Book takes a look back at the best moments over the past 20 years. Think of all the great shots, great players, and great events that you've seen over the past 20 years and the subject is probably touched between these pages.

The hefty price tag may sway a few possible buyers but this page treasury is definitely a keeper. Although thin in size pages and big in print, the book contains many precise pictures and does an excellent job of explaining the imposed book title. Throughout the book you'll find highlighted "Problem Solver" and "Pro Tip" paragraphs. Problem Solvers state a real life situation submitted by a golfer who wishes clarity on a ruling. Pro Tips are suggestions or useful advice that will aid a golfer with help in a ruling or give advice so you don't create friction between playing company.

Both greatly enhance the rule explanations.

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Don't hesitate to pick this book up at bookstore or library. A rules refresher never hurt anyone. Basically, the book contains golf tidbits, records, and statistics. Since the book was written in many of the records have long since been broken. I'm sure some substancial research went into the original writing and it's a shame there isn't an updated version. In it's current state the book has minor interest as any slightly knowledgeable golfer will quickly identify incorrect data based on the current records of golf.

I recommend the book for the collector only!

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The Great Golf Courses of Canada doesn't cover as many provinces only 7 but looks at more of the classic Canadian courses that are designed by classic architects, well established, and built a solid reputation. Thirty-eight courses are contained in this volume, accompanied with glorious photos. This book will probably be hard to find if you want to buy it as it was originally printed in but has since undergone a couple of facelifts. I guess a solid and true original book deserved doing another. Each course has been treated to six pages of glorious photos and complimentary text describing both history and course details.

Only the province of Manitoba lacks representation. I'm happy to say that I have played three of these golf courses. The Rock, Legends on the Niagara, and Taboo are all identified as "Recommended Plays" by Golf in Canada and I assume the remaining 31 courses would all make the same grade. It would be nice to have a book such as this created a bit more frequently and include courses that have undergone major renovations.

A great book to plan a vacation around and don't be afraid to display this one in your living room for guests to flip through. Eddie bet that two of his employees, amateur champions Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, could not be beaten in a best-ball match. Coleman took up the challenge and brought in the team of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the games greatest living professionals.

The Match is a historic account of one of the greatest golf challenges between professional and amateur. Modern day amateurs are rarely a match for any professional but in days gone by this was not the case. The Match is a well crafted book and even after the story is told there's a great Afterward and Appendix that consumes over 50 pages that stands well on its own. Who won The Match? I'm not going to saw. But I will tell you, "Fiction can't touch it.

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John Montague truly existed. The Paul Bunyan-like tales that surround this colourful character of the s are hard to imagine but this is what makes The Mysterious Montague so intriguing. John Montague never played professional golf yet he was heralded as "the greatest golfer in the world". His feat of beating Bing Crosby a 4 handicapper with a fungo bat, shovel, and rake is something legends are made of.

He could lift Oliver Hardy with one hand, knock a bird off a wire from yards, and chip a ball across a room into a highball glass. He was know to have played golf with Howard Hughes, W. Fields, and Babe Ruth. What made John Montague so mysterious? Throughout his life in Hollywood, John Montague refused to have his picture taken. When his picture finally did appear in Time magazine police from upstate New York returned home to face charges of armed robbery.

The Mysterious Montague was a delight to read and one character I can never get enough of. Over the course of the year he took lessons from David Leadbetter, putted with Ben Crenshaw, took notes from Byron Nelson, and chatted with Arnold Palmer. He plays games, holed somewhere in the vicinity of twenty thousand putts, and, well, you get the idea. The Old Man and the Tee is an enjoyable year long romp, filled with entertaining anecdotes featuring notable entertainers and celebrities. Turk's book has made me envious.

I wish I had the time and cash to fulfill a dream such as the one he set out to accomplish.

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This well-written, well-crafted book, shows the passion and what extremes a true golf nut will journey to to reach his goal. And does he reach his quest? I guess you'll just have to read the book. The history of the Ottawa Hunt Club is not unlike many other membership-owned golf courses and to get the story in print in , Eddie MacCabe, a popular local sports columnist, was asked by the Past Presidents to write a history of the club which would span 75 years of history.

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As a member, this book would be a delight to read. But, as a non-member, I found the book difficult at times when details were discussed based on the hole number on the course. It would have been nice to have a course layout somewhere in the book. I enjoyed reading about President Eisenhower's visit to the club in and the fire in A walk down memory lane is always enjoyable.

This David Feherty collection of writings from various Golf Magazine articles and online publications is a real treat. His no nonsense and nonsensical look at the game of golf is entertaining with every turn of the page. I especially like the "Feherty's Mailbag" sections to which replies to submitted letters can really have one laughing out loud.

Too bad professional golf isn't approached in the same manner. The Power of Positive Idiocy is one of those golf books to which you don't need to be a golfer to enjoy. A very entertaining read. Chris, a long ball hitter, cut the corner on the par th over Penley Farm to make up ground in a singles match. He heard his ball rattle against some trees.

Surprisingly, his ball is found free of undergrowth and he finishes the hole with a birdie. This is my first time reading a Reginald Hill book and after having a taste of Joe Sixsmith I wouldn't hesitate on picking up another of the series. The Seventh at St. On the other hand, The Seventh at St. Andrews The Castle Course just doesn't have the same flair or interest as the Bandon Dunes book did even though it is obvious that the course architect, David McLay Kidd, fulfilled a lifetime dream in building it.

The people who helped Kidd build the Castle Course are a ragtag band to say the least but don't come through well in this book. I'm sorry to say that The Seventh at St. Andrews lacks any drama or suspense. From my point of view, I would love to play the course as I have no doubt that the setting and history of everything associated with the Castle Course would be spectacular.

But to briefly summarize the book I'd simply say, "A golf course was built. This book could certainly have used a dead body. Some nice drills to tackle specific areas of the slot swing and found toward the end of the book. The Slot Swing seems like something very difficult to learn on your own as observing the swing is required.

For example, I have no idea which of the three slot swings my swing falls into; Standard, Reverse, or Single-Plane. Despite being one of the finest technical books the contents were way over my head. Looks like lessons for me. One thing I found odd; the book never mentioned the grip. Quite frankly put, I was very disappointed. The Swinger reads like a biography of Tiger Woods' career yet the main character, "Tree" Tremont, is the name used.

Secondary characters are actual names of people you will most likely recognize Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, etc. While events in the book parallel Tiger Woods' career you'll find that they have all been twisted. Yes, there are affairs and golf victories, but the death of Tremont's mother affects his life much like the death of Tiger's father affected his. I'm not sure what The Swinger is actually to be. Is it a biography? Is it a parody? It is definately a work of fiction and whatever the thought behind the book was to be it is a major failure in my mind. I didn't find anything funny about the book.

I simply found myself trying to think of the events in Tiger Woods' career that matched the events that occur in The Swinger. What could have been a good mystery gets waylaid by a non-necessary character in Angus MacNeil, the ghost. Why the author decided to add unbelievability to the novel is only a question that the author can answer but from my perspective this character took away from a decent plot.

The Teed-Off Ghost is called a Hawaiian golf mystery.

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Included at the rear of the book is a glossary of Hawaiian words and there definition as you'll see many used throughout the pages. The live mainlander and islander characters are well defined. June Jacobs and Harry "Win" Winslow, are a pair of private investigators brought to Hawaii to help open a golf course, on time. Someone has been causing delays in the course construction and the highly anticipated wedding of professional golfer, Wally Wood, will be the opening attraction for the course.

There are so few fictional golf stories written that it's tough to be really critical when someone makes an effort to write one. The Teed-Off Ghost is a fun romp of mystery that could have been much better. The Timeless Swing takes a look at a very basic golf swing from the basics of the three grips, the swing, ball control, simple exercises, and drills. The photos are both helpful and appropriate in teaching the fundamentals. And best of all, I learned something. It's about time someone wrote a book that's understandable for all levels of players.

Kudos for Tom Watson. With more than questions, The Ultimate PGA Tour Book of Trivia has a decent array of questions, the presentation is colorful, and the artwork is more than adequate. Too bad the content is largely uninteresting. I'd consider myself to be someone who likes trivia, but this book was just not for me. In support of the book, the cover does state that the questions and answers will "separate the amateurs from the pros" and to that I would agree. Yes, I was able to answer some of the questions but often I'd run across one of which the answer was some person I had never heard of.

I truly am an amateur if this book is any measuring stick. Its 48 pages are made up of valuable quotes most by golfing greats and the "18 Holes for the Soul" are written to inspire. Each hole features a famous golfer and identifies a trait with an inspirational lesson that golf can teach us. Along the way you can also take a look at the records these champions have achieved. To add some glamour, every 2nd page contains marvelous golf artwork by Larry Dyke. For being such a simple book it certainly contains some great lessons and quotes.

It's a shame the book wasn't twice the cover size so it could be used as a coffee table book. And there's still more. Gathering all the information found between the covers would be quite time consuming and the vast quantities on information give you the feeling that the author loves the game.

Probably the main reason this book can be had for a bargain is that statistics have a short shelf life. The Whole Golf Book stops at so any events one or records set beyond this year are excluded. A decent book for the price, if you like statistics. I'm not sure how the golf courses were selected but I was surprised to find that not a single golf course from Canada were contained between the pages.