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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Toronto, I developed a love of writing at an early age. My first "movie" aired on the local cable channel when I was 13. At 14 my family moved to Melbourne, Australia, and in high school I was the first-ever student to write a play for the school's drama festival.

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 :) ).

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James Miller on March 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Hit Down Dammit! by Clive Scarff is a practical instruction and motivational golf book, that gives you all you need for every part of your game. It begins straight forwardly enough by stating, "What you are about to learn is not new. It is effectively the central ingredient of the golf swing and has been since before the hickory shaft."
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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GameDayDog on July 20, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book changed how I play and practice the game of golf and I have improved dramatically. Every golf telecast mentions the importance of ball striking. My quest to improve my ball striking led me to discover Hit Down Dammit! The instruction provided in this book is clear, concise and easy to follow. The drills quickly improved my ball striking and club head speed. Like a chain, better ball striking improved the accuracy of every club in my bag. My club head speed improved after practicing the - "Right Hand Thrust" - drill. That alone was worth the price of the book and dvd series. If I were to continue with this review, I'd just be babbling - so in conclusion: This book will help you play better golf and you'll find yourself recommending it to other golfers (except those in your foursome!)

I highly recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bluesy on July 25, 2011
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This book is about learning to hit down at a golf ball. It teaches in a step by step form the method of striking a golf ball that is used by every pro. You might have heard about hitting down on the ball and taking a divot after the ball, but do you really know how to do it ? TV commentators talk about it all the time. Do they show you how it's done ? This book explains it in a way that any amateur who wants to improve can understand. This is not a band aid solution or quick fix that will work for a week and then disappear. You also have to practice the drills if you want to learn the method. What the heck if you've been trying to get better and can't figure out to be consistent, this is what you've looking for. You won't regret it.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ron Clark on June 27, 2012
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I regret purchasing this book.
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.
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