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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband has the 'Bible' and now is on damage control. He seems to enjoy the bookPublished 9 months ago by Jane B.
This book is exceptionally pleasing to read because it isn't just one more expert droning on about proper position, movement, etc. Read morePublished 24 months ago by KonaTom
Great book, excellent information on proper course management. All levels of golfers can benefit from this series of books. Currently reading Short game bible.Published on March 5, 2014 by Mark
As usual, this engineer-author's approach to golf is quite technical, but with this subject - getting out of the trouble one invariably will find one's self in during a round of... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Dan Komansky
This is just what my game needs and it did not disappoint. Well written - detailed and beautifully illustrated - this book provides the information, drills etc to master the mental... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Richard W. Whittaker
This is a great book for every amateur golfer. It provides help for those couple of holes each round amateurs have that destroy their score. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Mac
Not what I expected, a lot of pages for little benefit. I don"t have any thing else to respond with.Published on May 6, 2013 by Cletus West
I have all the Pelz books and have been to his schools. So I'm a believer. But there are other of his book that I think are more useful. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Dianne L Galloway