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The best way to shave multiple strokes off your golf game is to develop an efficient, repeatable swing that enables you to hit the ball farther and straighter with greater consistency. To achieve this ideal swing, you need a clear picture of the finished product and a simple step-by-step process for building it, testing it, and maintaining it. Now you have it.

In Build the Swing of a Lifetime, Mike Bender, one of Golf Digest's 5 Best Teachers in America, shows you how to develop the same swing that boosted the careers of 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson, multiple PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd, and 2006 LPGA Rookie of the Year Seon Hwa Lee.

Mike Bender didn't become the 2009 PGA National Teacher of the Year by offering quick fixes and compensations for deficient swings. He did it by creating a science-based, biomechanical approach to understanding the elements of an efficient, powerful, repeatable swing and devising a simple, checkable method for practicing and perfecting that swing.

In four simple steps illustrated by 150 photographs, Mike shows you how to aim and turn properly, get your hands on the correct downswing plane, and match up your arm swing and body rotation to square the clubface more consistently. He provides clear and simple guidance on how to make sure you're practicing each step correctly. Using broken club shafts, construction cones, and other forms of feedback, you'll discover how to check your alignment and posture, and make sure that your shaft and hands are moving on-plane in good sequence with one another.

There are a million ways to hit a golf ball, but only one is the most efficient way to produce shots that are consistently long and on target, and only one will help you keep shaving that handicap down toward scratch for as long as you keep playing. That is the swing you will develop by practicing and applying what you learn in Build the Swing of a Lifetime.

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From one of Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers in America—a simple, scientific program to develop a repeatable swing

Most golf instruction is based on helping students emulate the best players, but, as Mike Bender puts it, would you rather fly in an airplane that was built by engineers who understood the principles of lift and acceleration, or would you rather fly in one built by people who simply went out to the airport and watched them taking off and landing?

Bender, the 2009 PGA National Teacher of the Year, believes that physics provides a better model for developing a swing that is as efficient, consistent, and timeless as that of Iron Byron, the mechanical robot developed by the USGA to test clubs and balls. Having coached two dozen Tour professionals, including 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson, Bender shows you how to put the secrets of science into your own swing with a simple, proven program that will take your play to a different level and transform your approach to the game. Once you develop a scientific swing, it's your own game that will really soar.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118007611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118007617
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rene Cabeza on April 4, 2012
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This book looks at every stage of the golf swing from setup to finish, in an easy to read format, with plenty of drills to practice at the range or at home and multiple checkpoints to check the quality of your work. This is most important when you hit balls often since bad habits usually appear in a hurry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott on April 30, 2012
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Without a doubt the best explanation of alignment and proper aim. I have struggled for many years with blocking my shots out to the right. I have been told so many times that my body is aligned right but never understood why. I am only through the first 5 chapters and already have improved my alignment and body turn. The explaination of alignment and the drills he gives you to work on are great. I have only had one range session and by the end of the first bucket I was already a better golfer. Best golf book I have ever read, and that is a long list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Muller on June 23, 2012
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I have been playing golf for 30 years and for long as I can remember I've been between a 12 and 14 handicap. Each year I think I'm going to take my game to the next level. I finally decided last year that I had a lousy golf swing. I've fooled myself for years that I was good because I could hit good shots. The problem was soon or latter I would hit a bad shot and feel completely lost. I would start questioning every aspect of the swing and fall apart.

Shortly after admitting to myself I needed to change my swing I was playing with a friend who is about a 4 handicap. I noticed his swing looked different. So many people say "I changed my swing" and you look at them and say "no you didn't" that I asked him about it. He told me about this book. As soon as I got it I realized that after 30 years I did not understand many aspects of the golf swing. I read the book cover to cover and started doing some of the drills. I can't say I have it grooved yet but last week I played in the "Solstice Survival" golf outing, three rounds of stroke play in a day. At no time during the 54 holes did I get that familiar confidence draining feeling that I had lost my swing. If I hit a bad shot I went right back to the fundamentals that I learned from the book and hit a good shot. Right now if I concentrate and make a good swing I have a high probability of hitting an acceptable shot. It's getting better and better.

This book is best for people who have been playing for a while. If your just starting, go to a PGA professional and get some instruction. You have to start this level of instruction with some basic idea of what you are doing. I highly recommend this for people who are seriously interested in playing the game well. This book will give you what you need to build a reliable swing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward F Heimers Jr on September 21, 2012
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I took up golf at age 39 in 1985. My USGA Index is 14.6 Over the years. I have read at least 50 golf instruction books by Hogan, Nicklaus, Jacobs, Toski, Flick, Ballard, Penick, Watson, McClean,Leadbetter, Harmon, Haney, Hardy and many others. Build the Swing of a Lifetime by Mike Bender is by far the best instruction book that I have read. It is worth buying just for the Chapter on Aim and Alignment which gave me some simple drills that allowed me to correct 26+ years of aiming too far to the right. It took less than 2 weeks to correct this 26 year bad Aim habit. The rest of the book is equally outstanding and I am seeing significant progress from the instruction/drills on the other 3 Steps to a better swing. In my opinion Mike Bender's book is the first book you should buy if (1) you want to improve your full swing and (2) you are willing to do the drills with the very simple and inexpensive practice aids that Mike Bender recommends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. HupFons on September 14, 2012
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I consider this THE BEST golf book I've ever read (during the past 45 yrs) for learning how to make a good, repeatable swing. Many people will say correctly that you can't improve your swing by reading a book, and I agree, but this book is not one JUST to be read. It is an exceptionally clear guide to learning how to execute a consistent on-plane swing. The book progressively lays out the concepts that are essential to learning, through patient practice, how to PERFORM the necessary moves of a good swing by using "checkpoints" and "drills", first, in practice swings, next on a practice range, then on the golf course, and, finally, in competition. The Checkpoints and Drills are invaluable aids for any golfer wanting to improve his or her swing when it counts the most -- "when the chips are down" on the course. The author needs less than 200 pages, from the start of the Introduction to the last page of the book, to present through pictures and video (by scanning codes contained in the book) how to execute the proper setup, alignment and moves of an on-plane swing. Just slightly more than 150 of those pages progressively address in detail (in words and pictures) the various elements of a repeatable, on-plane swing and proven methods for learning and including those elements into your swing. For those unfamiliar with Mike Bender's "expertise", here are a few of his compelling "credentials": Mike is one of GOLF DIGEST's "5 Best Teachers of the Year" and he was named "2009 PGA National Teacher of the Year". His instruction has "boosted the careers of 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson, multiple PGA Tour winner Jonathan Byrd, and 2006 LPGA Rookie of the Year Seon Hwa Lee. Not bad, huh? For those who would rather learn directly from Mike Bender himself, visit his web site ([...]) for details about visiting his Academy in Lake Mary, FL (near Orlando).
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