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The Golfing Machine Hardcover – 1982


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Golfing Machine; 6th edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932890059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932890054
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All right that's a bit strong but you get the point.
"cwayne55"
That's why it's not as easy as it could be to read...and besides, Homer wanted a book that an instructor could carry with him/herself...not a dictionary sized thing.
Paul
Homer Kelly is an engineer who has written a book about the golf swing that is supposedly "The computer age approach to golfing perfection".
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Words cannot express what this book has done for golf. Kelley's work is masterpiece. Golf instruction tends to be theory and opinion. There is absolutely no theory or opinion in the book. It is completely fact, it will remain that way as long as the basic laws of physics and geometry hold true. Just as there are thousands of philosophies and religons but only one science, there is also thousands of different golf books but only one Golfing Machine. It is not an easy read but that is because so much information is reduced to a 200 page handbook. It is basically golf swing engineering. All golf strokes have been divided into 24 components, three zones, 12 sections and three functions. Unfortunatly, just as the only people who can truly appreciate Einstein are those who have studied relativity, the only people who can appreciate the genious of Homer Kelley are the ones who have unlocked the information held within this book. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book describes how (and why) every aspect of the golf swing works. Admittedly, the book is not easy reading, but the content holds what is probably the most accurate information on the golf swing available. The readers of this book can be confident that what they are reading/learning is correct, and not just based on someones opinion, but rather, years of research into the physics/geometry behind the golf swing. There are other books that have taken this "scientific" approach to teaching the golf swing, but for me, this is the only book of it's kind. I'm not going to name-drop, but I know of two PGA players (one of whom has won a major) who, at one point, would carry this book around like a bible. Definitely a book worth reading if you are a true golf-nut.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an Authorized Instructor of "The Golfing Machine" my opinions are slightly baised. However, until I read and learned the book I was going nowhere as a golf professional. My teaching "method" was based on whatever came out in the latest edition of Golf Digest. This is not a book of how but one of why. Mr Kelley spent 40 years of his life researching the golf swing and found things that the majority of teaching professionals have not found until recently using high tech gadgets. Mr Kelley did this with no video cameras, biomechanic aparatus, etc. He used just plain geometry, and physics. The most important part of the book deals with how to read and study it. Mr Kelley tells the reader exactly how to do this on roman numerial page X. I have yet to meet anyone that followed his instructions! So if you buy this book make sure that you do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PerryWinkle on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Homer Kelley should be commended for compiling a very informational book on the golf swing. He has, however, presented his theory from an engineering point of view that may cause some readers to recoil. There is a lot of cross-references that tie all of his ideas together but it takes a fair amount of time to really understand the entire book. The book is not just about building a golf swing, it helps you understand how you can manipulate your body to perform just about any swing you like, as long as it follows certain scientific tenets. The serious student of the game should not be without this book in his library, as it is a valuable reference source, but I feel that more people would be benefitted had Mr. Kelley presented his ideas in a more understandable manner.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Homer Kelley is the man when it comes to analyzing the golf swing. The people who have stated that this is a "why" book and not a "how" book are completely wrong. Have any of you bothered to read Chapter 10? In that chapter, Mr. Kelley describes how to put these theories and/or facts to use. Sure, this is a technical book, but if you're interested in improving your golf game this is the book for you. I am convinced that this is the way to swing a golf club. Top players using this technique include David Duval and Hal Sutton. There are others, I'm just not going to give them away. Sure, there are other good players using different techniques ("clubhead throwaway" is what Mr. Kelley calls these wrong techniques), but they are always swinging with the fear of hooking or slicing it. Mr. Kelley describes what muscles generate power and what muscles square the clubface. Generating power and squaring the clubface are the two most important things you need to know to play consistent golf. Mr. Kelley has it down perfectly. If you do nothing else today, at least buy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
THE source for all of the great minds in golf instruction. Homer Kelley details the 24 things in a golf stroke that have to be done but can be done differently. He calls these components. These components by definition have variations and he explains the most likely ones to be used and which ones are and are not compatable.. Chapter 2 is a look at what is really going on in all golf swings. Through this look at the swing, the author boils the swing down to only three imperatives to play great golf.If you want to know more about golf than your instructor, this is a must read
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is flat-out amazing. Tough read- yes. But click on the little picture of TGM (the yellow book) on the top of this page- this allows you to look into the book...read under the title "Simplicity". That's some of Homer's philosophy on how to approach this game...there is more in the real book.

This is the absolute most complete golf book EVER. Golf is mostly physics. Hit a ball in the bush...the ball doesn't go in the trees because it doesn't like you- it goes in because it HAS TO! Everything in the universe plays by the same laws of physics...golf included. Homer knew this.

Think about it. You can use this to your advantage...

Homer Kelly studied the golf swing for 30 or so years before publishing TGM. It has everything you would ever need in it...the only variable as far as I'm concerned is whether or not you want to put it the time to sort through everything that has been HANDED to you...

I think it IS a hard read...but the golf swing is not a simple thing and if one is confused, shouldn't be thought of as such (leave that to the pros!- these guys have been lucky enough to develop- Homer would say "stumble into"- good swings). And there are tons of forums on the internet that can really help in the process of understanding this book. It takes a while to be able to really really understand the book...but you will set off lightbulbs like you never have before.

I do recommend seeing a qualified instructor though to aid you with this book and your golf....Homer felt the same way....this book wasn't really intended for the average guy...more for trained instructors. That's why it's not as easy as it could be to read...and besides, Homer wanted a book that an instructor could carry with him/herself...
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