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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (December 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076790236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902366
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Golfers, as a breed, are willing to pry their unwilling bodies into any ungodly position if they think it will help their game, even more so if that position mirrors the languid power of, say, Sam Snead's, Fred Couples's, Payne Stewart's, or Tiger Woods's. Swing like a Pro tees up a new model, a computer-generated composite of more than 100 swings of the world's best golfers. The theory behind it is to isolate and emphasize those parts of the swings that all good swings have in common--the parts that every golfer, regardless of the entirety of motion, can adapt to his or her own. While the theory may be sound, the presentation is technically complex, as dry as a pot bunker on an August afternoon. If you already play the game, this may help shave a few strokes. If you're just starting out, head back to the range for a lesson. --Jeff Silverman

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This book is the result of 17 years of research on the mechanics of the golf swing. The objective was to determine how the professionals make the swing look so simple, when in reality, according to the authors, it is a complex series of motions: the setup, the grip, the backswing, the downswing. Mann, an expert in biomechanics and founder of CompuSport, and golf pro Griffin have developed a composite of over 100 of the world's top golfers, creating a computer-generated image?a virtual golf pro?that is featured throughout the book. Easy to read and with an assortment of photos, Swing Like a Pro is a useful reference source golfers will enjoy.?LarryLittle, Penticton P.L., BC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book goes over the golf swing in great detail.
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This book can be difficult at times but if you don't try to read things into what it is saying it's great.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By dandrews@home.com on December 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Swing Like a Pro does an excellent job of explaining the teaching system Dr. Mann created and that has been used for many years at the golf school where co-author Fred Griffin teaches. As a former student at that school (whose handicap has dropped from 11 to 5 since attending)I read the book as someone who already believed in the value of their research. After some interesting and easy to read background information from the two authors the serious work begins. Readers have to be prepared to focus on a detailed examination of the mechanics of every aspect of the golf swing. As a result, this book is not a simple or relaxing read. It also needs to be read when you can get up periodically and take a few swings with a real club (don't buy this to read on an airplane!).
For the serious golfer (and probably for golf teachers as well) the information provided here is great. So many things that I have been told by various teachers over the years became understandable as I made my way through the book. I needed every evening for a week to get through it all along with a few trips to my local driving range. There has not been time to apply all that I have learned on the course yet but so far it has brought me to a new level of understanding of what a good golf swing is all about.
After playing a few rounds I will send in an update to indicate how much this book actually helped. In the meantime, it is an excellent but very detailed explaination of a teaching system that has worked for me and a number of others that have gone to one of the CompuSport schools on my recomendation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL GRAY on January 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
i have been a serious student of the game for 26 years. i have read most every classic golf instruction book and taken many lessons over the years. this is the most helpful golf book i have ever read. it has put all the pieces together in a way that finally makes perfect sense. it is a pleasure to feel such confidence and conviction as i practice what i have learned. i have asked difficult questions of top players and teachers over the years and until now could not get satifactory answers. the value of this book lies in the author's ability to help a reader understand why some swing mechanics are truly important, and (just as important) why many other classic instruction points are unimportant or dead wrong. the book is based on measurable scientific fact and conclusion, not opinion. i think this book will become the classic golf instruction book of our time. enjoy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If I had to recommend one book on the golf swing, this would be it hands down. I've read most of what's out there, and this is the first one that explains the mechanics of the transition and downswing in a manner that is both detailed and understandable (I can't agree with Amazon's reviewer who calls this "technically complex" and "dry"--and I'm a high handicapper who has only been playing for a few years). In fact, the crowning achievement of the book is that it takes somewhat technical material on the golf swing, from start to finish, and makes it easy to understand. The illustrations and drills are excellent, also. I have also purchased the CD-Rom, which can be found on Compusport's website, and it is an excellent product as well, featuring many informative animations. I could have saved a lot of money on golf books if this one had come out earlier. If you are seriously interested in understanding and improving your swing, you won't find a better place to start than here! By the way, the first couple of reviews posted at this site give excellent descriptions of the book--I won't attempt to improve on them (be sure and read them at the bottom of the list of reviews).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ron Davis on November 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Best golf book on the market. I not only bought the book but also the screen saver and the complete program. Not a quick fix. Do the drills and you will improve. Use the teaching shaft. They have also set up a new web site at modelgolf.com. A complete program is now available. Most of what we read about golf is what the instructer feels is happening, not what is actually happen. Last summer stayed in the mid to low 70"s. If you are willing to work to improve you swing this will help you. Most important part of the swing is the set up and movememt to the top. Would not have believed how important this is.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
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My wife recently asked "how many golf books do you own, can there be that many ways to swing a golf club?" My answer after reading this book is this is the last golf book I'll ever buy, at least on the full swing. The information in this book has helped me to improve my game dramatically. I am hitting all my clubs twenty to thirty yards longer and straighter. I used to hit my 7 iron 135 yards and I'm now hitting it 155 to 160 yards. Since taking up the game four years ago, I have taken lessons and read as many books as possible on the full swing. The information presented by this book has demistified the grip, setup and most importantly the transition into the downswing. I've reduced my score at least 10 shots per round in the last three months. The information is presented in a crisp manner with lots of diagrams. Follow the drills and you will see a huge difference in the quality of your shots. Combine this with Dave Pelz's book on the short game and you should see a dramatic overall improvement in your game.
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