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The Timeless Swing (with embedded videos) (English Edition) [Format Kindle avec audio/vidéo]

Tom Watson , Nick Seitz
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I’VE BEEN COLLABORATING ON instruction writing with Tom Watson for thirty years now, and been a grateful recipient of his swing advice. My grip will never be strong enough to suit him, but he persists. Boy, does he persist.

You get the feeling that he cares as much about your game as he cares about his own, and that he enjoys working and playing with average golfers as much as with tour players. He has gone overseas for The Open a week early to play links courses with old high-school pals from Kansas City. He relishes coaching his partners in pro-ams and corporate outings.

A strong traditionalist, he just plain loves all aspects of the game, from its earliest history to its latest techniques. As he grows older himself, he has developed a special feel for instruction that promotes longevity. If that doesn’t make him unique among the great players, it makes him one of the rare few.

“The most amazing thing about him,” says Jerry Tarde, the editor in chief of Golf Digest, “is that his interest in the instructional aspects of the game remains undimmed by the passage of time. As opposed to other superstars who either have a withering interest or never had much at all.”

Watson’s quest for learning and improving is never-ending, and his own swing reflects it. Leading teachers and players believe he is swinging better than he’s ever swung.

On the practice range at a major championship not long ago, Padraig Harrington turned around to see whose shots were making such a crisp, pure sound. “I’ve never heard or seen a ball hit like that,” Harrington marveled. It was Watson.

You no doubt are familiar with Watson’s age-defying feats in recent years. He lost the 2009 British Open in a playoff at nearly sixty years of age and not long removed from hip replacement surgery, captivating the entire world of sports and a broader public as well.

In 2010 he hit the leaderboard in the early rounds of the Masters, made the cut, and finished under par in a tie for 18th place. Then he made the cut in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he won it in 1982, playing on a special exemption probably meant to be sentimental and ceremonial. Watson doesn’t do sentimental and ceremonial.

He was paired for the first two rounds with young international stars Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. Their ages combined didn’t total his sixty. Watson finished 29th—ahead of both of them.

At one point over the weekend, a young man in the gallery shouted, “You rock, Tom Watson!”

It’s fitting that Watson became the second golf professional emeritus at the five-star Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, succeeding the late Sam Snead. Snead could have given Old Man River two a side; he was the oldest man to win a PGA Tour title (at fifty-two) and contend in a major championship (third in the PGA Championship at sixty-two).

He is one of the role models Watson credits in this book. Both had long swings built to last and competitive fires that never needed stoking.

So how does a legendary golfer produce a book like this? How much does Watson really get involved? Here’s a snapshot of the process. He and I and Dom Furore, a top golf photographer, get together for a week at a golf course, in this case the Greenbrier. I know that sounds enviable, but consider that the work days began at dawn and didn’t end till dusk.

Watson demonstrates a topic, Dom photographs it digitally, I capture Watson’s commentary on a tape recorder. Afterward the recording is transcribed with copies for Watson and me, and Dom prints the photos. Watson picks the best pictures, often making notes on the proof sheets to suggest graphic highlighting. Watson and I go back and forth until we’re satisfied with the text, then we both review the finished layouts. He could not be more involved in the entire process, start to finish.

A word of explanation to our left-handed and/or lady golfing friends. We realize that the accepted language of the game isn’t ideal, intended as it is for right-handed, male players. Over the years, leading publications like Golf Digest have experimented with “neutral” references that seemed forced and unnatural, and caused more confusion for most people than the usual terminology. We hope you will make the conversions that may well have become second nature by now.

And I hope Watson’s swing advice helps you as much as it has helped me over the golfing years. May there be many more for all of us. It’s not called the game of a lifetime frivolously.

© 2011 Tom Watson

Revue de presse

"The influence of Byron Nelson and other great mentors helped Tom Watson develop a swing that has won dozens of times. That adds up to a book that will help you if you help yourself by reading it and practicing what it teaches."
—Phil Mickelson

“Tom’s swing through the years has looked the same but has changed for the better. He still makes a wonderful full turn. What he did in the 2009 Open Championship was truly unbelievable. Tom is one of the game’s great champions and a super guy.”
—Butch Harmon

“Tom Watson has always ferociously lived a golfing life of self-improvement. We might not have his talent, or his burning desire, but with The Timeless Swing we can now have his wisdom and perspective. Perhaps no one has worked harder to figure out what makes for success in this wicked game.”
—Jimmy Roberts

“Tom Watson’s swing has been and continues to be the epitome of the adjectives timeless and consistent. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch, learn, and play against such a simple but most effective, efficient, and successful swing, which has lasted for decades.”
—Greg Norman

“If you are going to try to find a golf swing that will make you a better player now and for years to come, who better to learn from than Tom Watson?”
—John Feinstein

“Tom Watson has a very basic golf swing, nothing fancy or complicated, so his instruction and observations on these pages will be easy to absorb and adapt to the talents of all players. He is a strong player, thanks to his outstanding golf swing.”
—Arnold Palmer

“I've known Tom since he was fifteen years old, and watched his swing develop into one of the most enduring in golf. He knows how he did it and has a wonderful ability to communicate it."
—Jim Hardy

“This book will definitely teach you how to play better golf, but keeping the same handicap will be up to your own sly self.”
—Dan Jenkins

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  • Taille du fichier : 229 MB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 224 pages
  • Editeur : Atria Books (29 mars 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0043RSJ7C
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 un concentré d'astuces. 9 juin 2013
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Exercice et conseils super faciles à mettre en oeuvre. Anectodes. Vidéos démontrent le tout. Et puis c'est quand même une légende
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A little deception? 11 avril 2011
Par Olive Oyl - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my husband after hearing about it on a satellite radio golf show. One of the draws was that the book gave the reder access to videos that complemented and illustrated the topics and techniques in each chapter. When I got the book, imagine my disappointment to learn (after the fact) that the videos are only accessible through the use of a smart phone! We do not have a smart phone and do not plan on getting one in the near future so we are missing out on one of the features that convinced me to buy this book in the first place. I think that the authors/publishers should let the buying public know ahead of time that only smart phone owners have access to the videos. Nothing was mentioned on the radio show and there was nothing in Amazon's written description that forewarned potential customers. I am sure my husband will still enjoy the book, but not to the extent that was intended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Good information, but video needs to be available for all devices 12 avril 2011
Par Jon B - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I would agree with the sentiments of one reviewer above. I purchased the book mainly because I am a big Tom Watson fan and the instruction in the book is good, but I would have liked to have seen the videos. I have Kindle PC and Kindle for Android and neither support the embedded video. One of the main selling points is the use of the videos to illustrate key points, so Amazon should make buyers aware that the videos are not supported on all Kindle applications.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful book and helpful information from one of golf's all-time greats! 28 avril 2011
Par Craig Matteson - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have always been a fan of Tom Watson. He has provided us with a lot of beautiful and exciting golf over the years and from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s he won two Masters, a US Open, and FIVE (count `em) Open Championships (the so-called British Open). He is among the all-time golf elite. My first set of new clubs was the Ram Investors he endorsed during these years. They were good clubs and I liked them. I chose them over the Ping-Eye 2s and I couldn't afford Nicklaus's MacGregors. I still have them, actually. Watson was a brilliant short game player and I have used the teachings from his book on the short game for decades.

Now he provides us with a beautiful book on the full swing. He has been telling folks about the breakthrough he came to in his swing that has rejuvenated his game and got him as close as you can get to winning as 6th Open Championship without actually getting the claret jug. I was among the billion people (or more) rooting for this great golfer and that courageous and brilliant effort.

The golf swing is a very complex and demanding use of the human body that requires an intricate sequencing of muscles and balance that must be done in one smooth motion. But this is all controlled in the golfer's mind. You simply must have a strong mental image of how the swing works and what it feels like. That is the purpose of a book like this. To prepare and develop one's mind with the right images, the right understanding of what you are after, and to provide techniques and exercises that can help you develop the feel for the right way to accomplish and effective and repeatable swing.

This book has terrific pictures by Dom Furore of Tom Watson performing all the things he wants you to understand. This includes the proper images and images of things NOT to do. I also appreciate the inclusion of pictures of Watson earlier in his career and comparing them with pictures of what Watson is doing now so we can clearly see the changes. And the inclusion of pictures of other golfers to make certain points is also very useful.

Mr. Watson has also worked well with Nick Seitz to produce a very readable and clear text in Watson's voice. Key points are highlighted as if with a yellow highlighter. The captions of the pictures are quite good. The text will help you see the pictures more clearly and understand the point Watson wants you to understand. Another feature of this book is phone app you can download and then point your smartphone camera at these tags at various points in the book and see videos. The bigger the screen on your phone and the faster your connection the better these videos will be for you.

The course of instruction makes sense. Watson begins with the core idea of putting the head of the golf club on the ball; that is, the arc of the swing and your spine angle. In chapter 2 he shows you the three basic grips that various golfers use, how you should set-up to the ball, and where to place the ball in relation to your feet (your stance).
Chapter 3 takes you through the swing from address through what he calls his secret. That is what he changed in his swing so that he avoids that reverse "C" position and hitting the ball out to the right. Chapter 4 discusses on how to select and fashion shots. This includes deciding when to draw and fade (hook and slice) and by how much. He also shows you how and when to hit the ball high and how to keep it low (very useful in the wind).

Chapter 5 is for those of us who have matured along with Mr. Watson (he is five years older than me). He shows us some stretches, how to strengthen our grip, and several easy swing adjustments to hit the ball farther and get back some of those yards the years and the stiffness of aging have taken away. Chapter 6 is all about drills to improve every aspect of your golf swing. Nothing very hard and all geared towards developing your mental images and feel for what we all try to do when we swing the golf club with a serious purpose.

Chapter 7 contains several image sequences of how the full swing looks from behind, looking back from the fairway, standing in front of Watson, and standing behind him.
This is a beautifully done book with great information from one of golf's all time greats after a lifetime of work and thinking about the game. Most useful and I am delighted to have a copy!

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best Golf Instruction Book Ever Written 22 août 2011
Par Glitter Lover - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been playing golf for 47 years. I have taken countless lessons. I have hit tens of thousands of golf balls. I have purchased 41 sets of new golf clubs in a vain attempt to buy a golf swing. I have read just about every golf instruction book ever written. Suffice it to say, I am a golf junkie - especially when it comes to acquiring knowledge of the golf swing. I write this Review with the strongest conviction that none of the books I have read can hold a candle to Mr. Watson's book. "The Timeless Swing" is not only technically correct, it is well written. In other words, after reading the book you are not left guessing what the author meant to convey. Instead, the text is clear, the photographs are fantastic and the reader can readily understand the entire instruction. It's all there from Grip to full swing to how to play certain types of shots. The best part is you can take the knowledge to the driving range and EVERYTHING MR.WATSON WRITES WORKS! Mr. Watson's book is brilliant and the work of a genius. You would have to be mad at yourself to not buy this book on Amazon.com. In fact, now that I know how good the book is I would have paid 20 times more for it if required! Incidentally, after reading the book I purchased on Amazon.com Mr. Watson's DVD, "Lessons of a Lifetime". Believe it or not, the DVD set of two disks is even BETTER than the book and that's saying a lot because the book is the greatest. My recommendation is to buy both the book and the DVD set.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good book 12 avril 2011
Par Bogeys and Pars - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Timeless Swing" is a very good golf book. It covers the basic swing with great illustrations and easy to ready prose. I have a number of golf instruction books (Tiger's, Freddie's) and this book is much better. The pictures are relevant (not gimmicky) and can reviewed independent of the text. You can't go wrong with this book for beginner or experienced golfer (even single digit players will enjoy).

Why not a 5 star? Tom does not cover the putting stroke, chips or the short game in this book. It is only the full-swing. Lefties? You better read it in a mirror!
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