Reading the green
Books About Golf

>I can’t review this

>Over the past year, I’ve had the honor of reporting on the quality of various and sundry golf publications on behalf of the site. I’ve certainly enjoyed this opportunity.

Before going any further, let me make sure I’d be the first to allow that opinions are like bottoms, divided, and a book (or movie, or album) that’s great for one person may or may not be anywhere close to that of another person. Someone recommended a book called “How To Hit Every Shot”, so I thought I’d give it a try. It outlines 101 different golf shots, and expresses methods and techniques for pulling each shot off.

If this book works for you, then I’m very happy for you. For me, I had a hard time getting over the atrocious writing and editing that allowed shot #2, “Power Fade”, to reach the printed page.

Maybe I’m being picky, but I just don’t think this is the kind of advice we should have to pay thirty dollars for. I love your money more than that. Here goes:

In the introduction to this shot the writer(s) state “Old-school instruction tells you to open your stance, point your clubface at where you want the ball to end up and then swing along your stance line. That’s a lot to think about. There’s a much easier way , and all you have to do is make your normal swing. Follow the instructions at right”.

So far so good. Sounds like they’re about to lay some severly slimmed down and simplified golf lessons on us. So I read on:

“Step 1 – Take aim at the left side of the fairway”. Boy, this sure sounds a lot like you should “open your stance”.

“Step 2 – Open the face”. Given that your stance is already open (or aiming at the left side of the fairway), this pretty much works out to be “pointing your clubface at where you want the ball to end up”.

“Step 3 – Hit the outside. Make your normal backswing and downswing.” If I didn’t know better, I would say this sounds like “swing along your stance line”.

Now, I have no problem with a writer accepting that standard, accepted golf instructions actually were the best way to hit this shot. What I do have a problem with is the fact that they presented their instructional steps as representing a new and revolutionary way to hit this shot, but then they proceeded to take the same steps that they were very quick to put down in the introduction.

There may well be very valuable tips and techniques in this book, but I for one will have a VERY difficult time allowing them to sink in.


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