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FOUR MAGIC MOVES TO WINNING GOLF Paperback – October 2, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 1 edition (October 2, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067162430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671624309
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,469,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The legendary golf instructional, available again. This is, along with Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, THE book Golf professionals turn to.

"Thirty years ago I was recommending Joe Dante's book The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf as a must read for aspiring PGA professionals. What Dante said in '62 has influenced many of the game's finest teachers. Dante was a visionary."--Gary Wiren, author of New Golf Mind

When published, The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf radically changed the way many players thought about the golf swing. Dante's system showed how simple it was to improve one's game, and at the same time gave the golfer one of the most comprehensive analyses of swing mechanics ever published. Now, thirty-three years after its original publication, Main Street is proud to reissue this classic instructional. Dante begins by sweeping out all the misconceptions of the game. "If good golf is to be learned and the poor player is to improve, a purging must take place, painful as it may be." Dante discusses a few basics of grip and stance, and then he gets to the heart of his book, the four magic moves. As he reveals each of the moves, Dante focuses on the physical checkpoints so that any golfer can make sure that his or her swing is on the right track.

The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf is straightforward and easy to understand, yet unlike other golf books it is irreverent and audacious in its approach to mastering the game. The publication of this rediscovered classic is sure to establish Joe Dante's reputation as one of golf's greatest teachers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The legendary golf instructional, available again. This is, along with Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, THE book Golf professionals turn to.

"Thirty years ago I was recommending Joe Dante's book The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf as a must read for aspiring PGA professionals. What Dante said in '62 has influenced many of the game's finest teachers. Dante was a visionary."--Gary Wiren, author of New Golf Mind

When published, The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf radically changed the way many players thought about the golf swing. Dante's system showed how simple it was to improve one's game, and at the same time gave the golfer one of the most comprehensive analyses of swing mechanics ever published. Now, thirty-three years after its original publication, Main Street is proud to reissue this classic instructional. Dante begins by sweeping out all the misconceptions of the game. "If good golf is to be learned and the poor player is to improve, a purging must take place, painful as it may be." Dante discusses a few basics of grip and stance, and then he gets to the heart of his book, the four magic moves. As he reveals each of the moves, Dante focuses on the physical checkpoints so that any golfer can make sure that his or her swing is on the right track.

The Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf is straightforward and easy to understand, yet unlike other golf books it is irreverent and audacious in its approach to mastering the game. The publication of this rediscovered classic is sure to establish Joe Dante's reputation as one of golf's greatest teachers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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I just wished I had read this 10 years ago!
James S.
My advice: Buy it, work on the four magic moves, and have fun playing golf again.
M. Viguet
The Golf swing is counter intuitive, learning these moves will help, A LOT!
Kenneth Taylor

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Howard Jahre on May 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have played golf for 45 years and my lowest handicap was 5.I have read and reread every single instructional book,including Hogan,Leadbetter,Ballard,Nicklaus,as well as The Golfing Machine

and The Search For The Perfect Golf Swing.My library has more golf books than I have had bogeys.I have also been to McLeans School at Doral three times.All said,I consider all of the above a complete waste of my time. Dante's clear and precise and simple explanation of how the golf swing works from a physical as well as a theoretical point of view,including the explanation of the Coefficient of Angular Momentum,has given me

a new life on the golf course.

My ball striking is pure,my confidence is high,and my mind is no longer paralyzed by hundreds of worthless swing thoughts.

I have zero interest in any more lessons from any pro,do not read golf magazines anymore,and scoff at the latest theories

which are created just to sell more books.

I cannot wait to get to the course just to hit balls and ingrain the four moves which,essentially,promotes a flat left wrist,a firm left side,a stable body over the ball,and most importantly,starting the downswing with your hips while completely leaving your arms and hands and shoulders behind.

The ball flight is absolutely the best I have ever witnessed with the least amount of effort. I am hitting each club at least one club longer with a lot less effort.

Finally,when a shot goes astray,you get instant feeedback as to the reason and you can fix it on the next shot.

If I swear by this book,it is because it has brought new life to my golf game and I finally have the tools to get down to a scratch golfer within a very short period of time.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I went from a 3 handicap in high school to what G.P.Wodehouse describes as a "goof". When I couldn't play every day my game went to pot. I had never developed a solid swing that I could repeat time after time, I was clueless. I am now 41 years old and this book changed my life. Well, my golf life at least. I love the game again. Joe Dante teaches the "magic moves" in a way even I can understand and I'm a hardheaded old dog to whom new tricks are hard to teach.
The key to golf is delivering the club head to the ball square to the target (accuracy) while generating maximum club head speed (distance). Dante's early wrist break method is the key to consistent accuracy. His lateral hip shift is no secret to golf but it is the key to clubhead speed. The magic is that Dante teaches these moves in such a clear and concise way that, if you follow directions and practice his method, you will improve your golf swing and scores!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Redbeard on March 7, 2007
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I don't usually (how about never!!) write book reviews; however, this is one book I feel like deserves my input. Being a golf book junkie, I feel like I am qualified to put in my two cents. For what it may be worth, this book, in my opinion, is the absolute best book that has ever been written in regard to helping golfers achieve success. Yes, there are other books that can technically explain various positions, etc, but this book by Dante gives you practical and easily understood instructions on improving/understanding the golf swing. Simply put, this book is the ONLY book I could unequivocally give a 5-star rating.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ronald H. Smart on February 21, 2007
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After enriching Amazon by purchasing just about every lame golf book manufactured I stumbled upon this gem. Mr. Dante explains in concise detail why traditional golf instruction/tips are faulty in that they rely on a fundamentally incorrect perception of what is going on in the swing. He further lays out the correct way of swinging a golf club that is shockingly clear, with appropriate and easy check points. Proof is in the pudding, after years of just flailing around with little or no improvement, (and hundreds of dollars spent for "golf" lessons.) I have made dramatic improvement to my golf game in a matter of months. Try it! Best $18.00 you will spend.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wr Wetere on July 12, 2007
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I am a golf instructor based in New Zealand and purchased the book based on what I had read on some internet sites. The book advocated an early wrist break that is not commonly taught or known about.

Dan Shaugers/Mike Austin "How to Kill the Ball" and "21st Century Golf Swing" which I am an accredited teacher..... are the only other books that you will read that teach such an action with the wrists. Not only that we both teach lateral movements of the hips.

If you have purchased Dan's books you will certainly enjoy reading about Joe Dante's method.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Weiss on October 12, 2007
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I bought Dante's book after connecting in spirit with the other customers here who bought it, found it worked, and shared their views. I'd watch the pros on TV and was always intrigued by that great position at the top with the flat wrist and the first move down. Getting the whole thing from the dead start to the top is a process that has never been adequately conveyed to me and absorbed by me...until I read this book. The meticulous treatment of the first move with the early wrist break to the top is a masterpiece of instruction for the lost soul. Don't rush your time spent reading and practicing Move Uno. Once you feel that sensation of owning your grip on the club with the hands set solid and perfectly at the top of your coil, you're about ready to trust Dante with your firstborn. Ahhh...so THIS is what a player's swing actually feels like.
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