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About the Author

Jim Hardy is currently ranked in the top ten on Golf Digest's list of the fifty greatest teachers. His school, Plane Truth Golf, counts dozens of Pro Tour golfers and instructors on its roster, including Hank Haney, Stan Utley, and Mike Hall. Also the author of two popular Plane Truth instruction books, he lives in Spring, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sherrington on March 31, 2012
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This book is for the intermediate or advanced golfer who is seeking more consistency in his or her game. Beginners will get totally lost so I would recommend one of Jim Hardy's first two books rather than this one for newer players.

The plus/minus system provided is a logical next step to the work on one- and two-plane swings. The idea is that even with a swing in place, things will still go wrong (i.e., bad days). This book defines the adjustments that can help fix problems that emerge.

In brief, mistakes are said to come from swinging on too steep or too shallow of a plane. All ball flight mistakes are categorized. A menu of corrections is provided. Drawings make the corrections understandable.

For the right level of golfer, this a very good book albeit it somewhat hard to read. I wish I had this years ago as it would have saved a lot of time instead of having to figure things out through trial and error.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ContinentalTP on April 21, 2012
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I have read this book and I must admit that I am for the first time totally excited in having bought and read a golf instruction book.

Just about everything published and written to date had been developed each time around one picture perfect world view of the golf swing, if you were lucky enough, it worked out for you. But most of the times it did not work out for the reader, instead, golf books and TV instruction added more trouble, more setbacks and more pain to the reader.

I have bought the Plane Truth and the Master Class, found the idea and philosophy behind fantastic, but could not "connect" to the imagery provided there (I am tall and skinny). It took a few years of pain and after all a really good fellow instructor to get this going (who happened to be PT certified).

Now, I bought this one and it immediately clicked: do not fix what is not broken and the ball flight is the ultimate judge!

By explaining impact conditions and how they balance out, fixes and the options he structured, he made it much easier to understand and to learn your OWN golf swing. Guys who are high on swing crack, plane lines, secret moves and tour style positions will be surely upset by this book. But to understand your own swing and what it takes to hit better shots, improve upon what YOU do and not upon what others are writing about what they are doing, great stuff, thank you Mr. Hardy!

Ps. it is no band aid, it is brilliant golf instruction, everything what does not help immediately, does in all likelihood never really help, if one practices a ton and still is not able to pull it really off under pressure, it is probably not for you and is waste of time. Not matter the level and HCP.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Rock on September 27, 2013
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I have all of Jim Hardy's books and highly recommend this one. This book is different from his prior books (everyone should own a copy of The Plane Truth) in that he has devopled a very good and simple system in finding swing faults by looking at your divot and ball flight. Once you have identified your fault, he provides you with a host of fixes to choose from depending on you particule issue. While I am a big fan of video and computer analysis, your divots and ball flight will tell you everything you need to know about your swing. Some have mentioned that the system is very confusing but I disagree. If you read the whole book it will make total sense and you will be able to correct your faults by self diagnosis. Get his book and use it, you'll be glad you did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DONALD A. CIMINO on August 22, 2013
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THIS BOOK ALLOWS YOU TO IMPROVE YOUR SWING NOT TRY AND COPY SOMEONE ELSE'S , GREAT CONCEPT. TELLS YOU HOW TO FIND YOUR PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM , WITH MANY OPTIONS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2012
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I think this book might be a bit hard to understand for some people, but if you go at it with an open concentrated mind it is a really good book. As a few others, Jim Hardy believes we all have tendencies in our swings that is very hard to fix. Therefore he instead states that there has to be a reaction to all actions. For example he says that if you have trouble swinging the club on a shallow enough plane going back, you can fix this in the through swing(or vice versa). It all makes sence.

The book is very detailed, the things you need to do are described crystal clear, and best of all; it works.

Definitively one of the better instruction books i have read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Adams on April 21, 2012
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Jim Hardy is a fantastic instructor, his book Solid Contact gives insight into the cause and effect of teaching golf. Jim's + and - system is brilliant. It explains matches, mismatches and what elements work together and which ones don't. If you are a teacher or student of the game, you need to own this book and refer to it constantly. Most of the answer are in learning your Swing DNA.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joy Greenway on March 18, 2012
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REVIEW BY STEVEN VIG MD

This is the third golf instruction book by Jim Hardy and it is a winner. Jim has written about the one plane and two plane swing patterns in his earlier books. In SOLID CONTACT, he reviews those aspects of the golf swing that are "steep and narrow", and those aspects of the golf swing that are "shallow and wide". Using the charts on pages 45 and 46, he looks at a number of poor shots and applies either a "one-fix" remedy or a "two-fix" remedy. He pays attention not only to the flight pattern of the ball , but to the path of the divot. I believe that anyone involved in golf instruction should read this book. The book can also be used by golfers to "self diagnose" their own swing problems. In the foreward of the book, golf professional Matt Kuchar says "The best part about it is that I'm able to fix myself when things go bad".
I have been teaching junior golf in Tucson for over 30 years, and I believe that Jim Hardy is the best instructor in the game!!!!!
5 stars for his new book !!!!!
Jim's web site is [...] jimhardygolf.com

Steven Vig (author) (Joy Greenway is my wife)
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