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“Stan Utley is kind of an aw-shucks pro who doesn’t seem to offer much until you put a club in his hands, and then he suddenly becomes Stephen Hawking.”GOLF DIGEST “The hottest instructor in golf.”SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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Praise for Stan Utley

"Golf's latest superstar guru"
-Golf Digest

"The hottest instructor in golf."
-Sports Illustrated

"Stan's help with my short game was the difference between playing some nice golf and winning again on the PGA Tour and winning majors on the Champions Tour."
-Peter Jacobsen, 7-time PGA Tour winner, and winner of the 2004 Senior U.S. Open and 2005 Senior Players Championship

"The short game was always hard for me, but Stan showed me how it could be easy. That part of my game improved straight away."
-Darren Clarke, 11-time winner on the European Tour

"The first 30 minutes I spent with Stan, I learned more about putting than in the previous 20 years. No matter where I am putting from I feel like I can make it. I was never thinking that way before."
-Rocco Mediate, 5-time winner on the PGA Tour

"When I started working with Stan, I saw that all of the fundamentals from my long game applied to my short game as well. Coordinating the two was a big step in improving my results."
-Paul McGinley, two-time European Ryder Cup player
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mike McIntyre on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book improved my golf game overnight. Contrary to the contrived Dave Pelz system in which the eye line rests directly over the target line, the shoulders rock up and down, and the putterhead moves straight back and through, Stan Utley advocates a more natural stroke: the eye line is inside the target line, the putterhead moves in an arc, and the shoulders turn around the spine. In short, it is a mini version of the full golf swing. What amazed me was how little the grip end of the putter moves in relation to the putterhead. The book's pictures of the proper grip, stance, alignment and stroke are taken from multiple angles, making Utley's technique easily visualized and grasped. Some may criticize the thinness of the book (barely 100 pages), but that will leave you more time to practice a putting method that really works.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Frizzante on April 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If I could recommend one book on Putting it would be this one.

It is as good as Tom Watson's Getting Up and Down, which is a short game guide.

I mean no disrespect to Mr Pelz, but I find his book overly scientific and mechanical. His ideas did not help me as much as Stan Utley's more natural and human approach to Putting.

His book is a quick and stimulating read. The ideas he puts forth are practical, proven and original. His preference for the "curved" putting path, as compared to the "straight through" putting path are challenging, well argued and convincing.

I especially liked his suggestion that you should look at your putting line from the side as well as from the front and rear. This has improved my putting immediately.

This is a good purchase. Forget about all the Zen golf books and focus on the real world of putting, helped by practical suggestions and proven methods.

A really good book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Stan Utley is brilliant when it comes to conveying the method of putting. From the set up to choosing the correct equipment, to reading the greens and strategies for putting, this book has converted me to this method of putting. He outlines the type of putter and how the putter should fit you to optimize the stroke.

Utley describes what is termed the Arc method of putting which is more natural than a pendulum or straight back / straight through approach. This is the method recommended for Toe Hang putters (e.g. most conventional blade putters).

Well illustrated in both every angle of the putt to get an idea of what he is trying to convey - he even summarizes the key points in the end of the book. Drills are outlined to practice his teaching points.

This method has improved my accuracy of short - as well as long putts.

Before you get that new 2 or 3 ball putter, read this book! You may save yourself a couple hundred dollars.

Some of his notable tour pupils include Jay Haas, Sergio Garcia and Rocco Mediate.

I highly recommend this book.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H. Chock on August 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This title of this book is mis-leading to the max. It is boring, and contains much "filler" and does not get to the point. It contains "fundamentals" of putting to be found in any beginner's putting book, sort of a collection of everything written about putting in golf magazines. There is nothing revolutionary about any of it, much less a "feel-based system". Money could be best spent elswhere, in my opinion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Yoshimoto on October 16, 2006
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Having close to two years of playing experience as a beginning golfer, and realizing that close to 40% of the score of in golf is putting (about 50% for me before this book), I was always looking for a good book on putting. 'The Art of Putting' is that book. Stan uses a very simple to learn approach that has for me effectively removed a major portion of the pressure I always felt over every putt. Now I can focus more of my energy to reading the green, determining the speed of the putt and then going through my pre-shot routine. The bottom line: three-putts are one or two a round, down from four to seven a round. Par-savers and birdies are definite possibilities now. As an added bonus, I find that on the majority of long putts greater than 10 feet, I can more frequently putt to 1-2 feet from the pin for an easy second putt. Thanks, Stan, for making golf easier to play and, of course, a 'hole' lot more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Areddy on March 26, 2011
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I've read many types of systems and methods for putting, now including Utley's. Utley's *may* be the system to use but there's very little information in this book. He takes you from the basics (palm the grip instead of in your fingers), alignment (set up square), and setup (eyes should be 1 ball to the right and 1 ball inside the target line).

He spends a chapter explaining equipment, which is fine, but doesn't go into how to get fitted for a putter, and how to know WHEN it fits you.

Utley pushes for an inside to square to inside stroke, which is fine. However, I start to doubt Utley because of his misunderstanding of the straight back and straight through stroke. He believes that manipulation of the hands is required to keep the face square to the line when using this method, and this just isn't so. If your spine at your shoulders is horizontal to the ground, the shoulders will turn around the spine and the putter head will go straight back. The fact that he doesn't "get" this concerns me, and puts doubt in my mind that he really understands what makes a great putting stroke. He may have been a great putter on tour, and he may explain what he feels when giving instruction, but as far as the "why", I'm not convinced.

Utley's green reading chapter can be skipped. If you really want to know how to read greens get Geoff Mangum's book, "The Putting Zone". I don't buy into Mangum's theories on the putting stroke, but his green reading chapter is the best ever.

So really, there's maybe 40 pages here of info, and that info is sketchy at best.

Like I said, Utley may be a great teacher and may be able to identify faults in his students, but this book is essentially useless.
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