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Build the Swing of a Lifetime: The Four-Step Approach to a More Efficient Swing Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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From the Inside Flap
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.
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best golf instruction book that i have ever read. I have read a lot of them.Published 10 months ago by Wes Deitz
Mike gives you a philosophy of how he teaches the swing and then guides you by drills to make changes via positive and negative feedback. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John W Butcher
This is the best golf instruction book, I have ever read. After reading Mike Bender book and watching his instruction videos on YouTube, I just wish that I had found his teaching... Read morePublished 15 months ago by sll
Extremely well written. Great for the person physically able to follow his instruction. Clearly an expert.Published 16 months ago by DrH
This book gives you the steps to learn with feedback that allows you to maintain practice provements. Thanks Mike Bender.Published 16 months ago by golfer
Mr. Bender identifies several important components of the golf swing. His arguments are convincing and he provides many clear examples as well as some fundamental drills to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by BESQ