- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Thornhill Press (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978194004
- ISBN-13: 978-0978194000
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hit Down Dammit!: The Key to Golf Paperback – March 6, 2012
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I returned to Toronto to take Radio and TV Arts at Ryerson University, majoring in writing. This led to a first career, in television production, where I wrote for commercials, ethnic programming, a fishing show, Canada's Gemini Awards, and CTV's Winter and Summer Olympic coverage.
In 1994 I took a chance to test my mettle in the world of golf, and successfully qualified to become a golf professional. It soon became obvious my strength lay with teaching, and that teaching combined with my writing history led to the creation of "Hit Down Dammit!" - a golf instruction book that explains the workings of the golf swing as it revolves around the physical need to hit down at a golf ball to make it go up, and straight.
The success of Hit Down Dammit! opened a lot of doors; I now have a series of instructional DVDs, and have added "Teach Your Kid Golf", "Why You Suck at Golf" "Mystic Links" and "Swing Issues" to my inventory of golf-related books. Also completed is a golf-themed screenplay called "Senior Tour" and two plays to be staged in 2015. I am fortunate to live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, home to possibly the most coffee shops anywhere (where I do my best work :) ).
Top Customer Reviews
So if there's nothing new, why read it? Partly because it's the tie of the year that Major League Baseball heads out to Spring Training to get in shape, but more importantly, to get back to the basics. Which is what we need to do after a long winter.
But more than that, Hit Down Dammit! demonstrates how mastering one essential element of what can be a frustrating game can return big dividends in the coming golf season. It centres on one simple principle - to get the golf ball to go up, `Hit Down Dammit!'.
Written in clear, easy to understand language, the book is not patronizing, or overly complex. The tone is informal, often humourous, but always dead serious about golf and how to help golfers improve their own game.
Whatever level of experience, or for that matter, your handicap, Hit Down Dammit! will help to improve your game in the areas of accuracy and distance. Scarff is a teaching professional who stresses that without an understanding of how and why to hit down, all other forms of golf instruction are likely to be ineffective.
Hitting down, he tells us is the foundation of all instruction. Combining simple science with matter of fact principles, the book walks you through the steps to success by providing solid information on hitting down.
There is a series of fact vs clichés that cover the most common errors in golf as they relate to hitting down.Read more ›
I highly recommend it.
Right after I finished reading it I went to their website and found out I could have purchased the e-book for less than half the price of the paperback and could then apply that money spent on the e-book toward a purchase of the DVD's if I decide I want them. If you have any interest in maybe picking up their DVD's, don't bother with the hardcopy. If you feel as though you want a book to carry with you, it only took me less than two hours to read. Easy enough to do on your computer in PDF format.
That being said, this book is 90% theory. The theory as to why you should be hitting down on the ball, and why the fact that you haven't been doing this so far is wrong. That's about it. Ok, so you've convinced me that there is a need to fix the fundamentals in order to hit down instead of up on the ball. How do I do that??? The book does not explain this except in bits and pieces.
It covers just about every negative effect a swing in which the golfer is not hitting down on the ball will have. Just about every point made, most people know already and is common sense. I need to make sure my swing plane is even and the clubface is square at impact otherwise the ball won't go straight? No kidding??? I'm doing the wrong things in my swing in order to get fast clubhead speed?? The book briefly touches on why issues like these are happening, but it really doesn't go into detail as to what to do differently.
As far as I can tell, this book is best intended for older golfers that firmly believe that hitting down is wrong and they need convincing that it is not wrong. Or for beginner golfers that really know virtually nothing or heard some bad tips and are shanking, slicing, and topping everything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple short read to learn how to hit down which is difficult to become comfortable with, however, this book will assist in that regard. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by tuorbo
Sitting down is really helping my game I will continue to do the drills and both enjoy the game and get betterPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you read the title, you don't need to read the book. Just a few hundred more ways of saying it.Published 1 month ago by Walter Simmons
A good read for all those golfers that are habitually making poor contact on the golf ball.Published 2 months ago by J. Centore
Hit Down Dammit does not really describe "how" to hit down! It talks around the topic but does not drive that point home. I found this book to be marginally useful.Published 3 months ago by BenZ
Really good read especially for those just getting into the game, for me, I struggle with a severe over the top move and while he does speak to some methods to correctly influence... Read morePublished 3 months ago by yoyoman