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Dave Pelz's Damage Control: How to Save Up to 5 Shots Per Round Using All-New, Scientifically Proven Techniq ues for Playing Out of Trouble Lies Hardcover – November 12, 2009

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Dave Pelz is the author of two bestselling classics of golf instruction, Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible and Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, and is the foremost instructor of putting and the short game in the world. A former research scientist at NASA, he has been analyzing golf and fine-tuning his instruction methods for three decades. He is the founder of the Pelz Golf Institute and the World Putting Championships, the senior Scoring Game Show instructor on the Golf Channel, and technical advisor to Golf Magazine. He lives outside Austin, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; First edition (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405107
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Only read the first 20 pages and it already saved me AT LEAST TWO strokes during my golf round today.

When faced with a difficult lie, blocked by a row of trees, with the ball sitting on a pile of mulch, no matter what shot option I selected, my next shot wasn't going to reach the green. My first choice would have been to hit a big old looping hook with a 7-iron.

After reading only the first 20 pages, the probability of being able to hook a 7-iron off a pile of mulch to get out of a trouble situation with OB to the right looked a lot more like a marginal success shot than before I read the first 20 pages.

I asked myself, "can you hit a hook with a 7-iron"? The answer was - YEP almost every time I try. The next question was, "have you EVER practiced hitting a hook with a 7-iron off a pile of mulch"? The answer to that one was - NOPE. The next question was, "how bad is the penalty if you miss this shot" The answer was - INTO THE FIRE! So instead of trying to hook a 7-iron off a pile of mulch, I hit it less than 20 feet forward to open up a less challenging flight path to the green.

Next shot was onto the green, and I still had a realistic possibility of saving a par. Walking off the green with a bogey and thinking, had I been successful with hooking a 7-iron around a row of trees and off a pile of mulch, I still would have likely had a bogey. But if I missed that 7-iron off the mulch it would have been OB and a 7 or an 8.

Three holes later, with my ball nestled down into the rough with 105 yards to the flagstick. My first reaction would have been to pull out the 105 yard club (SW) and take a rip at it.
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Being a great fan of David Peltz and having read the Short Game Bible many times, and it is actually on my bed stand dare I say in no offense to the golf god, like a bible. I preordered Damage Control which I got for the holidays and have read through it with great delight while the weather this winter has made golf a near memory. I am always amazed at the number of golfers I play with that know golf is a game of strategy but do not ever seem to actually use strategy or think through their next play. To read this book and understand it you have to be open to the idea that much of the game involves trouble shots. This is why the golf courses are becoming 7500 yards with endless bunkers, buck grass you could hunt duck in, trickery of the eye, super fast greens and really rough rough.
I should mention that I am a passing middle age high handicapper beginner of 3 years playing from the red tees. (Please don't tune me out yet just because I am a female golfer!) I am also an engineer and so is Peltz. His many years at NASA taught him how to problem solve and the golf courses today are an engineer's dream of problem solving. In this book he starts with some basic statistics about how often from the Tee you will end up in trouble, somewhat based on handicap and not being a professional that practices 40 hours a week. Once you embrace this simple truth then you are prepared to evaluate probably more than half of your lies as difficult situations. After he has you convinced to accept this as part of the game he uses the rest of the book to demonstrate how you extricate yourself from these common problem areas.
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Pelz analyzes golf. Really breaks it down. If this isn't the way you think or learn, you will not like this book. He does not have a great writing style, so you have to grin and bear it a bit. Very redundant and invents words to describe that aren't very intuitive to understand or remember. All that aside, he has a number of pearls that have really helped lower my handicap. I find the best way to use his books is to rove around as you need. Read what you need to get the point and review what is important. BTW, I actually used one of his techniques that is so farfetched I never thought I would ever use it. I was on the upper lip just above a steep sandtrap, with no room to place my feet other than awkwardly standing 1/2 in and 1/2 out of the trap. He recommended standing facing away from the hole, holding the club so that a backward swing with one arm would send the ball towards the hole. Be damned if it didn't work! Who'd a thunk? He also tells you to play high % shot selection. Duh! It is good to remember anyways... Love to try the inside out cross draw fade/hook shot that Tiger might make.... 8-)
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When I first read the book, new information that you would never hear from your local pro was flowing into my head.
The course management ideas, backed by statistics, was worth the price of the book. The practice ideas for a backyard session for damage conrol shots will be tested this spring. The best thing that came across the page to me was Dave explaining that the clubface direction is where the ball starts off. I was always told the path of the swing started the ball out in a direction and the clubface direction would slice the ball if open, hook the ball if closed and of course stay straight if the face was straighht. Dave teaches the opposite. I went to the range and aimed 30 yrd right with a hook swing path from way inside and the ball started not with the path but where the clubface aimed with a nice 30 yd draw/hook. Total Enlightenment!!! Thanks Dave!!!
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