A Swing for Life: Revised and Updated
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
I enjoy golfing and have been trying desperately to improve my game and lower my handicap so I purchased this book to help me improve my golf game. It made my purchase worthwhile. I had to relearn everything I needed to know from clubs to the process in playing the correct way made me improve my overall golf game. Nick provided the most efficient way to play golf. This book is priceless. After reading the book I went back over to read it again 3 times and actually learned that I had been playing it the wrong way and now after 5 game my handicap stands at 7. I'm enjoying golfing more than I have ever imagine. Thank you
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
OK, here is the deal.

The video links are messed up. But basically you use your I-phone or I-pad and TAG to create links which automatically go into your Youtube account. Then you can watch them from there.

I actually made a Youtube "playlist" of all of the Tag links. (Of course, you first have to download the Tag app.)

Then, combining the book and the videos - my goodness, Sir Nick must make almost 1000 points.

So my suggestion is to start with the basics (think the first 7 or 8 TAGs), and master all of this, before spending any time with the rest of the book.

On the videos he goes VERY fast, because he is trying to get as much info to you as possible. But basically the book explains these points in greater detail.

My suggestion: WATCH THE VIDEOS FIRST, then read more on each element of the game in the book.

Nick seems to REALLY care about his audience. I am sure he makes an extremely small fraction of his overall income from books like this.

Only one negative: it seems to me, at least, that he is secretly pushing the Trackman device, i.e., he is probably getting a kick back from them somehow. I hate to say this, because I just love Nick Faldo.

So just remember you don't need to purchase Trackman, to get a huge amount out of this book and the videos, which retail for only about $20.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
Love the book. I am just a little disappointed that the videos were not enabled. That would have been a nice feature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2013
Truly excellent book and fully of practical advice. Forget spending money on the latest golf equipment, this book is the best investment you can make to improve your golf game.
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on May 4, 2014
His coach, David Leadbetter must be the source of some of these ideas. Would like to know which ones. Leadbetter uses JJ Rivet for 3D motion analysis using APAS. I would like to see APAS on Android and iOS - mobile with 3D vision systems. Could be the basis for the next Faldo book so Faldo could coach me from the device.

What we don't know even after reading Nick’s great book is what the correct golf swing feels like ... especially when we lose it. And we all lose it. And have the right answer customized based on what my body can do.

Since Nick digs in to the details of the golf swing and simplifies all the details … it would be fun to have a virtual Nick sitting in my iPhone coaching me all the time (range and on the course). I could finally learn how dial in the right swing that is right for me based on my body's limitation and then practice it (as opposed to throwing more and more tips into my noggin - new ones surely have to oppose other older ones). Then I could focus on working on how to optimize our body so we create a greater margin for error and more distance and control. Focus on the right ways and direction to strength and flexibility hitting 70 next month and extra distance turns back the age meter.

Faldo goes into both worlds - feel and analysis and does a nice job of integrating the two. Good intro book.

One thing I got right off the bat was seeing Nick's left shoulder moves forward more than down so he gets it back to his right knee. When I worked on this at the range yesterday .... all of a sudden I was hitting super shots - like 30 more yards for my 7 iron exactly on the intended line.

So from this first impression his images are as useful as his words. Now I want to get into this position with no muscles giving me feedback and telling me I can’t get there. Plus how to do this in total balance.
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on December 31, 2012
This book is published with Microsoft tags throughout the book. Using a tag reader it is possible to retrieve video clips from the internet providing smooth action instruction on exactly what the text is attempting to describe. However, my experience with this feature is mixed. Yes, the videos are nice, but I find myself watching a video and still wondering what the key points were within the swing to which I should direct my focus.

This brings us to the book itself. It contains many drills throughout the book that are intended to direct attention to particular parts of the swing. I am looking forward to warmer weather when I can go to the practice range and attempt to follow them with vigor. I must say, however, that I was somewhat disappointed in the section on driving. Mr. Faldo immediately jumps on the technology bandwagon and seems to become overly excited about electronic launch monitors and how great they can be for helping to diagnose a golf swing. Frankly, I don't have or want a launch monitor. I want to learn what a great shot feels like by observing the results of my swing and repeating what he is describing as keys to great play. After all, I can't carry a launch monitor around on the course with me, but I can imagine the kind of swing I want, and concentrate on key points.

Finally, useful tips are sprinkled throughout the entire book. Some of them come pre-highlighted in yellow, but these are not always what I would consider essential to my game. I plan to read the book at least two more times, each time with a different colored highlighter, and attempt to compile my own set of Faldo tips for the range and course.

All in all, I would guess this book would be a welcome gift to any golfer of any skill level.
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on June 9, 2014
The size and heft of the book are amazing. It's about 10 inches x 12 inches and 274 pages of full color photographs, more like a coffee table book. It covers all aspects of golf: full swing, iron swing, short game, sand, chipping, putting. However, the most useful are the Microsoft Tags which you can scan with your tablet or phone. These go to proprietary YouTube videos which only this book owners can access. Each video shows Sir Faldo himself, talking you through an aspect of his swing thougts, and shows him hitting the shot, plus useful drills. If you learn better from video, these are immensely helpful. The book goes into much more detail, which can be tedious narrative, but it's there if you need it. Nick has highlited in yellow the key narrative, so you've got that going for you, which is nice. I haven't gotten 1/4 of the way through the book in a month, but have downloaded and watched all 23 of the videos. The book for me is more of a reference book, since I am an advanced golfer, but the book is fundamental for any golfer, beginner to advanced. The photography in the book shows step by step swing moves in color and is professionally done. A must-have for your golf library.
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on May 21, 2013
I've been a Nick Faldo fan all of my adult golfing life and also have both his videos as well as his book "Golf the Winning Formula". 25 years ago when I purchased his first video I was a struggling 16 handicapper and with the help of the video and some coaching from a pro that taught Leadbetter's way of swinging the club I managed to reduce it to 5. I only found out about "A Swing for Life" recently and purchased it to see if his philosophies had changed at all and to help me through a bit of a swing slump that wouldn't go away. As always I found myself engrossed and doing drills as outlined in the book and my swing coming back online and I am maintaining my 7 handicap. From the driver to putting and beyond this book is a comprehensive learning tool that will suit a beginner to the well established low handicapper with its well written explanations and complimentary videos available by pointing your smart phone at the new tag system in the book. Highly recommended.
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on December 19, 2012
Best single golf instruction purchase ever. Very logical explanation of the swing with drills to support. The pictures in this new release make it better then a video in my book. Having a golf pro working with you weekly might be better but only if they were really able to explain what you should do; not just what you need to change. The explanations are very comprehensive but not overwhelmingly complex. Several of my buddies are tired of the same old golf game and I bought each one of them a copy of this book for Christmas. This is a reference I will visit over an over again and the drills make nice winter exercises.
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on April 30, 2015
Faldo really put his heart and soul in this book. He really did a great job of telling us exactly what he did to make his swing successful, so that we could try and do it to. He tried to exactly help us go about it. Nick did not fail us in that regard. Who failed us was Simon & Schuster and Amazon. You would expect when you pay the big price for the book, with names that big behind it, the videos would play. They don't!
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