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A Golf Swing You Can Trust [Kindle Edition]

John Hoskison
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Book Description

This is a golf book with a difference written by John Hoskison former European Tour professional and PGA Cup Player. 

In a unique way the book exposes the uncomfortable reason why golfers rarely improve irrespective of what they try.  It's a tough book that shoots straight from the hip, no ego massaging, just simple truths that need to be heard if a golfer wants to hit the ball better. 

Apart from the fascinating technical lessons, the book crucially deals with the attitude a golfer needs to adopt if they want to make a quantum leap forward.  Using these simple steps John took himself from being the worst player on tour to the National PGA Champion.

From the grip to the finish position, John coaches using humor, photos and unique analogies to explain how the golf swing works and how to build a swing you can trust.  Whether a golfer wants to improve their driving off the tee, iron shots to the green or their chipping and pitching, the swing drills and mental tips in this book will make it easier to hit the shots consistently over a period of time.  If any golfer wants to build a swing that works this is a must read.

Excerpt from A Golf Swing You Can Trust:

The correct stance is vital if you want to build a simple swing that repeats. But most golfers switch off and skip these chapters of a golf instruction book. I understand that. The grip and aim are not as alluring as advice on the theoretical advantages of pronation or supination through impact. And hey! You've been told you have a nice practice swing--you can't be that far off. Aiming correctly is for beginners!

So just to dispel any reservations you may have that this book is not for you, here's one last piece of motivational talk before we move on to check your stance. It's very often a golfer makes a great practice swing but when they come to hit the ball the swing's completely different. That's because the hands and body don't communicate on a practice swing--they let you get on with it on your own. They only bother to 'talk' to each other when you're about to hit a shot at a specific target.

When the crunch comes and you're ready to swing back, if the aim of the club doesn't match up to your intended swing path, they hit the panic button, take control and stick the swing on autopilot. They program in what they have to do and you can't override it. You might try to take the club back in one piece but it you're not aiming correctly--they quickly take over. And if you think you can kid them you'd have done it by now.

If you are aiming at a target 250 yards away and your club face is only 3 degrees to the right, it will be pointing 13 yards right of target. If you try to replicate your nice square practice swing, but your hands pick up where the club is aiming the two angles are so conflicting your orthodox swing becomes impossible.

The only time you can override your natural alarm system is when you're standing in front of a pro and he's watching you like a hawk. Then the alarm system becomes dormant--it trusts the pro to watch over you. Soon as you walk out the teaching bay, it switches back on.

"John taught himself great technique and knows as much about the golf swing as anyone I've met.  His explanation of the swing is fantastic." ~Nick Mitchell, Former European Tour
PGA Player

"I went to John for the usual stuff; head in hands, not knowing what shot was coming next. John kept it simple... got me back enjoying my golf again." ~Mick Fitzgerald, TV Sports
Presenter--Former National Hunt Jockey

"John has a very orthodox swing and is a great student of the game. He always told me 'simple is best.'
Andrew Murray, European Tour--1989 European Open Champion

by John Hoskison

No Hiding in The Open  - John's stories from the European PGA Golf Tour
Shooting Lower Scores - Simple Steps to Save Shots
Your Short Game Silver Bullet - Drills for Club Head Control

Editorial Reviews


'John knows a great deal about the game.  When the rest of us were trying to squeeze one out there, John would step up and blast one down the middle as if no trouble existed.'
Pete Oakley - 2004 British Senior Open Champion.

From the Author

If you had asked me to write this book when I first hit the European Tour, it would have been about 500 pages long.  After years studying the game and employing the simple lessons I learned, I finally built a swing I could trust.  Even under pressure during the last day of a 'major' - 1991 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale - I could still hit the ball straight.
All the information you need to build a good golf swing is contained within the pages of A Golf Swing You Can Trust.  It's not a long book and that's the key.  All my experience teaching and playing golf with some of the best players in the world, has enabled me to condense the complexity of the golf swing into simple easy to follow steps.  Enjoy reading the book and good golfing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (June 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BXS17W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed November 26, 2012
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There's a reason why handicaps aren't coming down despite all the gains in technology and instruction. In the case of learning the golf swing, more is not better. That is why this book was such a wonderful find. Mr. Hoskison breaks the golf swing down into its most important components, and in doing so, allows the golfer to adapt the instruction to his swing and body type, not the other way around.

I have been playing for 5 years and I'm a decent player. I've read all the other 'must read' books and have come to this conclusion: Unless you have a lot of time and money for ongoing instruction and some natural golf skills, you are being set up to be very frustrated by the level of instruction being taught by the icons of golf.

Learn the fundamentals from Mr. Hoskison, practice they way he suggests, and enjoy the game as you improve! And if you have questions? Mr. Hoskison has his e-mail address in the book and answered my question within 24 hours. Good luck trying to get Mr. Nicklaus to write you back...

John Hoskison is an amazing man. Consider reading his non-golf book for lessons much bigger than golf.

Thanks, Mr. Hoskison!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and Concise October 15, 2012
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I read this book in one sitting. The book is simple to read but don't be misled by its' simplicity as the book contains many concepts that were easy to understand and implement.
I was able to take some of his concepts and applied it on the golf course the following day.
Happy golfing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal May 21, 2014
By Travis
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I bought the book and read it in one sitting.

I am a low scoring golfer but struggled with the slice my whole life. I've had shots at breaking/tying course records and had the round completely ruined because of push slices.

Just fixing my grip made the biggest difference.

The steps are simple and beyond effective. Fundamental and extremely straightforward.

This book is an absolute must have for any golfer, especially if you struggle with consistency and hitting the ball straight!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the basics of golf November 27, 2012
By Kbob
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Few amateur golfers swing like the Pros and hit the ball 320+yards. This book reviews the basic objectives of enjoying the game of golf. It teaches you the proper grip and to keep it in the short grass which saves strokes and lowers your handicap.
An enjoyable read which reminds you that if you play within yourself and reduce the bad shots, golf can be fun at any age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golf Swing Simplified! August 12, 2013
By Dean
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The book was a very entertaining read for me. John's stories and use of analogies really help to keep the reader engaged.

There are a couple of hidden gems in the book that go a long way towards building a consistent golf swing. Along with John's advice about the setup and Tracy Reed's Dynamic Balance teachings. I have become very comfortable and confident with my setup. Keeping it simple is essential. Clouding one's head with too many thoughts while over the ball only leads to disaster.

You have to feel comfortable (and strong) over the ball in order to develop a reliable golf swing. It all starts with the setup. As Jack Nicklaus said, 90% of the success of a golf shot lies in the setup. Well this book really goes into detail about how to properly set up and then how to confirm everything looks good before pulling the trigger. All of this gives you more confidence and can only add to the success of the shot.

After reading this book, I now understand why my short game and putting stroke were so inconsistent. It's funny how your swing flaws show up in all aspects of your game and when you are able understand the whys and correct them, the results are apparent.

After finishing the book, I had a couple of questions which I posed to John and I am now exchanging e-mails with him and consider him as my "golf mentor". How many people can actually converse with an author and get their questions answered like that after having read their book?

I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a solid foundation to their golf swing or those who like to be entertained by golf stories and great analogies throughout the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flat out the best I have read February 14, 2014
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If you play golf and have played for long time with some experience. You will understand that this book is the best ever written about the Golf swing.

It is simply amazing how all the facts in a golf swing sequence are clearly explained. I have been playing for over 10 years and I completely understand what this book is talking about. No bull.

This is what swing instructor tries to tell the students but it cost a few hundred dollars. The worst conditioning in golf is standing on the Teebox and not knowing exactly what kind of swing you have. Usually results is disastrous, with this more frustration. When you finally get a swing right and ball goes straight, you are not really sure what made it happen.

Well, here is your answer. I love this book and am fully committed to it. Try it too. John has written a masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing February 22, 2013
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If you're tired of trying to sort through all the technical mumbo jumbo that it seems everyone thinks they have to use to explain how to swing a club, well this is the book for you! I read this thing in one sitting and am going back through it now to make sure I didn't miss a thing! Every golf coach should read this book if for no other reason than to learn how to communicate in such a way as John.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners who know little of golf, learn by analogy and...
I've been actively golfing for less than a year and started with a blank slate - good because it means limited bad habits, bad because I had no clue how the mechanics of golf work,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Lykens
4.0 out of 5 stars In search of a good repeating swing
Enjoyed the book and the examples made sense. But my great question is what starts the downswing, the arms or the turning of the hips. Thanks for the help. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked the book except for the section on the downswing. Nothing to learn there.
Published 2 months ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Has helped me and I like to read it when I start loosing focus at the range.
Published 3 months ago by James Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good value for money and an entertaining read.
Published 5 months ago by david suckling
3.0 out of 5 stars No quick fixes in this book
OK - Nothing special. Just a reminder that there are no quick fixes in golf.
Published 5 months ago by DEFINATIVE PRODUCT SEARCHER
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, instructions that describe the golf swing with emphasis ...
Finally, instructions that describe the golf swing with emphasis on the importance of the wrist hinge to obtain that extra distance.
Published 5 months ago by Edward J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing that ever happened to my golf game
i had given up on golf (hacker) when I saw this book. I read the first 5 chapters over and over doing the exercise suggested in each chapter for about a week; well I just came back... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed but good.
For a new golfer, there was a lot of information. The exercises to help practice the golf swing were great.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Loftin
4.0 out of 5 stars Had my best round of the year after reading the first for ...
Simple to read, Had my best round of the year after reading the first for chapters. Should be great for beginners.
Published 6 months ago by John Rusyniak
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More About the Author

John Hoskison was a highly successful professional golfer twice representing Europe against the USA in PGA Cup Matches.

In 1994 he made a terrible mistake that had tragic and devastating consequences. After a golf match he broke a twenty year discipline and accepted a drink before driving home. On the short journey he hit and killed a cyclist.

After receiving the most incredible forgiveness, John wrote a deeply emotional book about the experience. His book, 'Inside - One Man's Experience of Prison', outlines the dreadful tragedy and portrays the harsh realities of prison. The book was highly regarded by judges, top prison officials and by the Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham.

After many years trying to make amends John Hoskison now spends most of his time talking to school children about the importance of making the right choices in life and not taking stupid, unnecessary, risks. He has now spoken at over 300 schools, to over 100,000 children. He is also an ambassador for the organisation 'No Offence'


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