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The fun and easy way to get a grip on golf

Golf For Dummies, 4th Edition, gives you all the latest information on the game, including updated expert advice on everything from improving fundamentals to mastering the game′s mental aspects. With advice from professional Gary McCord, this expert guide gives you easy to follow instructions for hitting the ball farther and straighter, and hints on how to shave strokes off your game.

  • Updated instructions on grips, stances, and swings
  • The most current stars and best courses
  • New tips from top players on how to improve your game
  • Details on the latest golf equipment and technology

Playing golf is fun–playing better is even more fun. With a little help from Golf For Dummies, 4th Edition, you′ll have the time of your life whenever you hit the links.

Quatrième de couverture

Learn to:

  • Master your grip, stance, and swing
  • Improve your game with tips from the pros
  • Overcome the game′s mental challenges with tricks and exercises

Expert advice for improving your game and getting a grip on golf

Playing golf is fun but there′s a reason why it′s known as the most maddening (if not wondrous) game of all. The intricacies of the sport can tee off even the most patient golfer, but that′s where this friendly guide helps! Here, golf pro Gary McCord gives you easy–to–follow instructions and expert advice on everything you need to know to hit the ball farther and straighter, shave strokes off your game, and have a blast whenever you play.

  • Get on course discover the ins and outs of this mad, great game, from uncovering its history and looking at a standard course to understanding the benefits of "smart" play
  • Choose your weapons get expert tips and guidance on choosing the right clubs and accessories for your unique needs (and budget)
  • Get into the swing follow easy–to–understand explanations to warm up your body, handle your clubs, and swing like a pro
  • Step onto the green find out where to play, how to fit in, and what to expect at public courses, private courses, and driving ranges
  • Keep your head in the game learn how to overcome the mental challenges of the game, beat bad breaks, and weather the elements

Open the book and find:

  • How to grip a club and perfect your stance
  • Swing techniques
  • Exercises to help improve your skills and fitness
  • Common faults and easy fixes
  • First–tee strategies
  • Info on rules, etiquette, and keeping score
  • How to be a smart golf consumer
  • What you can learn from the pros on TV
  • Profiles of famous courses and players

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11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
As a novice, I got a lot out of it. Well written & friendly style. 20 septembre 2011
Par Dan Bobinski - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I picked up this book because a friend of mine (a golf pro) has been nudging me to get out and play. Not having swung a golf club since I was in the Navy back in the `80's--and even then only hacking balls at the driving range--I figured it would be a good idea to gain a better understanding of the game so I don't look like a *complete* dummy out there. No doubt I'll feel lame playing alongside a pro anyway, but this book did a great job of orienting my mind for what to expect. The chapters are laid out nicely and are easy to follow. As someone who regularly keeps in shape I didn't have much use for the chapter on various stretching and exercises, but everything else was quite useful.

Especially useful: How to stand depending on what shot you're taking, the entire process of the swing spelled out, and etiquette on the course. I especially liked all the helpful photos, and McCord's friendly writing style made everything enjoyable along the way.

I can't speak for someone who's already an experienced golfer, but as a 100% novice, I'd certainly recommend this book to other novices who want to wrap their mind around the game before getting out on the course. It's full of great insights and advice, and there's not an ounce of "talking down" in the entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now I'm looking forward to getting on the course with my pro friend.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Well structured & illustrated, simple & clear text & graphics 18 avril 2011
Par Eugene Tenenbaum - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
The ISBN 0470882794 (Golf For Dummies, 4th ed.) is a very well published and competent textbook for beginners. Though without difficult technical aspects, it is still a broad introduction to learn golf. It is very well written and illustrated in black and white, easy to understand by non-professionals despite its apparent technicality, up to date, and - as such - it belongs in every public library. The book's simplicity and clarity are paramount.

The content of its over 300 pages is clearly divided into parts, 25 chapters and very short topics. The topics are divided into short paragraphs, and contain highlights and summaries giving the book the properties of a handbook as well as of a reference. So, after the initial reading it can be used for just browsing of only the important points.

Golf for Dummies is very similar to The Complete Idiot's Guide to Golf. The former has a chapter on preparatory physical exercises, is slightly thicker, contains 8 pages of photos in color and more and slightly better B&W photos, and important text is boldfaced. The latter has more box notes instead of the boldfaced highlights and seems to be graphically slightly better allowing to very slightly easier grasp the pages at 1st glance. The differences are quite minuscule in favor of Dummies over Idiots. Their glossaries make them both self-sufficient.

Approx. 50 pages of the book are shown by the Amazon.com's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the book is well printed on barely decent paper, and the flimsy soft covers, which are typical for the series, are prone to creasing.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great for the person wanting to find out about golf... 2 août 2011
Par Mark J. Fowler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a golf novice in every possible way, but I find the game and the history of the game fascinating. My brother and several of my friends are avid golfers and I wanted to be less clueless when talk turned from the weather and work to sand-wedges and St. Andrews.

I've also enjoyed the previous "for dummies" books that I've read: they're entertaining reads in a style that doesn't take the subject too seriously while at the same time providing accurate information.

Gary McCord is an actual PGA golfer with one regular tour win and two senior tour wins under his belt, but it is probably as a commentator for CBS that he is most recognized.

Mr. McCord's style fits right in with the "for dummies" franchise as his work has the right combination of correct information mixed with irreverent humor. (He was famously forced off of the CBS team coverage for The Masters by the powers at Augusta National after the 1994 Masters when he said that the 17th green was as quick as if it had been "bikini-waxed" and that "body bags" were on the other side of the green if the players missed.)

The book gives information for beginning golfers and hackers alike. My best round *ever* was a 108, and I usually shoot over 120. I took the book's advice out on the driving range and where I previously only hit about 1 out of 10 shots anywhere near the distance or direction I intended - I was soon hitting about 60% of them astonishingly straight and with considerably more distance.

I look forward to putting Mr. McCord's lessons to use on the actual course.

Entertaining and chock full of advise and information - I don't hesitate to recommend this for everyone trying to learn more about the Royal and Ancient game.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fine and dandy book for newbies 8 juin 2011
Par My Fake Name - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The whole starting idea of every book in the "For Dummies" literary franchise is that you, the reader, don't know anything about the word that precedes "For."

If it's titled "Plamplams For Dummies," the assumption is that you don't know anything about a plamplam. If it's titled "Exmepus For Dummies," the assumption is that you don't know anything about an exmepu.

"Golf For Dummies" by the friendly Gary McCord continues that tradition in that it assumes that without it you couldn't readily distinguish between golf and, say, water polo.

As a book for people who have never played golf, this is a fine effort, and it's why I give it as many stars as I do.

I've played more golf than I should admit (starting maybe 48 years ago) considering how bad I still am, but the point is that I write this review not as a good golfer but as an experienced golfer. More to the point, there was nothing significant in this book that I did not already know.

And that's GOOD, because if you are new to golf you will want to pick up on all of the sometimes silly and sometimes serious rules, and you will want to know that you should start with lessons rather than just barging out onto a golf course as a virgin (you WILL make a fool of yourself), and you will want to know how very much it costs just to outfit yourself with the necessary tools, materials and supplies, not to mention what it costs to play each round, and you will want to know how exceptionally psychologically painful it is to play golf most of the time.

And how satisfying it is to hit a "Be-Back" shot, which is that one full swing out of dozens in a round in which you do everything just exactly right and your clubface makes this perfect little click sound against the ball, and the ball feels weightless as you follow through, like it's a ping-pong ball, and it rockets downrange at magically high speed at just the right height and in just the right direction, and it rises and rises and flies farther still, till it levels off and flies some more and then finally, taking a lot longer than usual, it gradually drops towards land, and then it eventually does land, and then it rolls for another mile, which is so pleasing that no matter how poorly the rest of your round is going it makes you say, "I'll be back" to play again.

In "Golf For Dummies," McCord successfully informs the novitiate, but he also connects with us old pros. He warns against the foolish notion of taking up golf in the first place, which I too do herby do, but he artfully explains why so many of us cannot stop now that we've started. (See "Be-Back" shot above.)

McCord admits that golf is hard. In my experience it is the hardest game. He explains that many factors can screw up a golf shot, and then he essays to cure a few of the most common ones by virtue of lessons on the grip (relatively easy to get right) and the stance (harder to get right) and the swing (much, much harder to get right).

This is the essence of any general book on how to play golf, and McCord admits his lessons are incomplete, that no number of pages can adequately replace the tutelage of an in-person pro, that anyone's "natural" pre-lessons golf swing is so very idiosyncratic to the individual and must in 99% of cases be corrected, sometimes a lot, that if you were to read or hear about all the tips for playing golf better, they would number literally in the tens of thousands and he's hitting the best-proved ones.

McCord also talks about the psychlology of golf, which is different from the psychology of, say, darts. With darts you pick a spot on the dartboard and you throw an arrow at it, and then you do that two more times, and each time you throw it exactly the same way. With the rarest of exceptions, the only factor that changes, and then not by much, is the exact location of the target for your next dart. Golf is quite different, and the number of factors that must be accounted for, except for a tap-in, can grow to a dozen and overwhelm even the best golfers. McCord stresses the importance of total concentration and just the right amount of confidence.

He explains the importance of putting, correctly referring to it as quite different from the full swing. It's almost as though golf consists of two unrelated activities, like the biathlon (snow skiing followed by rifle-shooting), or, in McCord's words "the game within the game." FYI if you aren't already a golfer, in what's called a regulation round the total number of putts will be a full 50% of the total strokes, i.e., putting is half the game. For example, a par four played in regulation will consist of two swings to get on the green, a distance from 250 to 470 yards, and then two more swings with a putter to hole out for an additional total distance of maybe 10 more yards. As the saying goes, and McCord repeats it here for the millionth time, "You drive for show and putt for dough."

Speaking of which, McCord explains some of the commonest bets in golf, but I can assure you there are dozens more. Golf is a game that just begs to be bet on, and the better a player you are, the more money you'll make. If you and three buddies start playing golf together as newbies and they take no lessons and you don't either but they didn't read any books and you read this one, you'll beat them.

There are plenty of drawings and photographs, although I do wonder why there's an eight-page full-color section in the middle. (Well, that wasn't very clear. I don't mean I wonder why it's in the middle, I mean I wonder why it's there at all.) Surely this raises the cost and therefore the price of the book.

The glossary is nice if you're a newbie, i.e., if you need a book titled "Golf For Dummies," but if you're already a golfer you'll be familiar with most of these terms and no doubt many more used by the particular cohort of people you play with.

The index is gratifyingly complete.

For the purpose for which this book was written (I'm reviewing the fourth edition, so it must be pretty popular), it does a dandy job, and it does so with the light touch for which the "For Dummies" series in general and McCord in particular are known.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not in depth, but interesting 3 juin 2011
Par Brent Butler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
First, I don't know what many of the one star reviewers are referring to. The book I am reviewing is 390 pages long.

Gary McCord's Golf for Dummies book is an eclectic look at the game through Gary's own eyes. He starts out with a bit of amusing history and the basics, and moves on to instruction about how to hit various shots in various situations. This advice is not going to take take you from a hacker to a bogey golfer, but it will clear up a few mysteries about how to approach some types of shots you might have been attacking the wrong way all along.

Included is a section you are unlikely to find in any other golf book. Gary gives you a description of how he got into broadcasting almost by accident back in 1986. He continues to describe some interesting things about the behind the scenes details of golf broadcasting. Since I watch a lot of golf on TV, I found that section to be quite entertaining and informative.

Gary also has sections about how to act when you are in the gallery at a tournament ... information that is needed by much of the gallery now more than ever; how to find deals on golf equipment and even club memberships; a brief tour of golf games and simulators, and a few lists of his top ten favorites in various categories (courses, male players, women players, etc.)

To become a better golfer, Gary recommends taking lessons, and he's right. If you can learn to play better golf from a book, you are in the minority. Nothing beats a few lessons with a good golf instructor showing you the ropes of the swing. You won't be taking this book out to the driving range and closely studying diagrams as you think your way through your next swing! LOL

Golf for Dummies is not the laugh riot the publisher's blurb makes it out to be. Gary's improvised jokes on his broadcasts don't translate in the same fashion to the written word. Still, his writing is entertaining, and a chuckle is to be found here and there.

This is not the type of book that you're going to be drawn into and read straight through. Its more bedtime or bathroom reading, where you pick it up for a few minutes and read a few of Gary's interesting little sections. Some of the books' detractors may have a different suggestion for its best use in the bathroom, but I think that would be a bit mean for them to suggest.
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