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Product Details

  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books; 1st edition (November 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689116306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689116308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most golf instruction books are written by famous performers about how they personally swing the club, and there's no doubt the better ones can be helpful-especially if you share the authors's athleticism, ambition, appetite for work, and opportunities for practice and play.

This book was written by a very bright but at the time unfamous young teacher whose daily bread depended on delivering permanently decent-to-good golf games to averagly endowed people with no interest in becoming slaves to the sport. He became so successful at that in his immediate community that his pupils demanded he put the system on paper for their constant reference and reminder. He called the result The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, and sent it to a number of star players, one of whom passed it on to me. After one quick reading I believed that the book would help so many other existing and would-be golfers to such an extent that it just had to be made available nationally. Jim McQueen, one of the world's top golf artists and a former professional, fully shared those sentiments and agreed to do the illustrations, and the nation's leading golf book publisher became an enthusiastic third party.

The key to Michael McTeigue's success with his thousands of pupils af all sizes, shapes, ages and ability levels in California, and the beauty of this book, is the clarity and simplicity and the supremely logical sequentiality of its approach to the golf swing. Follow the easily mastered steps or Keys in the recommended order and with a reasonable degree of patience, and in a remarkably short time, you will be experiencing entirely new sensations of both accurate striking and effortless power. Encouraged by those - and the accompanying evaporation of confusion - you will persist with these simple and clear cut moves until they become thoroughly muscle-memorized. At that point, you will be swinging the golf club effectively and with total confidence on every shot entirely by feel, which is the closest you or anyone else will ever come to golf's secret (ask any champion if you doubt that). Gone forever at long last will be the Band-Aids and the gimmicks and all that frustrating stumbling from one fruitless theory to another.

If you love golf and want to play better for a lot less effort, then forget Michael McTeigue's fame quotient and work with this little gem of a book. It could make you as big a fan of his as all those happy pupils for whom he originally wrote it. --Ken Bowden. A former editorial director of Golf Digest magazine, Ken Bowden has coauthored more than a dozen golf instrunction books, seven of them with Jack Nicklaus.

This is the simplest, most easily understood, best overall golf instructional presentation I have ever read. Understanding the Lighthouse Turn alone is worth the price of admission. --Tim Baldwin, Coach emeritus, Stanford University's Women's Golf Team

The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing is a lovely book of golf instruction, well written, sound, and mercifully free of extraneous advice. --Michael Murphy, author of Golf In the Kingdom

About the Author

A member of the U.S. Professional Golfers Association for over 10 years, Mike served as assistant professional at Bel Air CC, teaching professional at Riviera CC and San Francisco GC, and head golf professional at Palos Verdes CC. McTeigue was voted the 1995 Teacher of the Year for the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association. He was a popular speaker on golf instruction at sectional meetings of the Professional Golfer's Association. He was an Approved Speaker in the Etonic PGA Section Education Program and a faculty member in the PGA's Golf Professional Training Program. He was an instructor in the PGA's Professional Training and Development Seminar Program. He was an Invited Speaker at the Second World Scientific Congress of Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland in July 1994, at the Meet the Mentors Golf Summit preceeding the 1995 Ryder Cup Matches in Rochester, NY., and the NCPGA Player and Teacher Development Forum in 1998. Mike McTeigue has been a pioneer in applying high-technology to the analysis and training of complex sports motions, especially the golf swing. His SportSense products embodied McTeigue's innovative approach to motor-learning, called Real-time Motion Training (RMT). This involves precise biomechanical analysis and customized, instantaneous auditory biofeedback as the athlete trains in the actual sports environment using his or her own equipment. Mr. McTeigue is the co-inventor of RMT products for professional instructors the Swing Motion Trainer and consumers the Golf Swing Tuner and the X Factor Sensor. He has used the Swing Motion Trainer to analyze the golf swings of more than 160 U.S. PGA, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA professionals. His work produced the "X Factor" articles with Jim McLean; the "Science of the Swing" instruction series in GOLF Magazine, the Golf Digest article, "How's Your Grip Pressure?"; and the Senior Golfer series on "Curing Your Slice"; as well as numerous articles in golf trade publications. McTeigue also authored the hardcover book and companion video, The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, which GOLF Magazine featured as top selections. Mike graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in Psychology, and he received his Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

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A member of the U.S. Professional Golfers Association for over 10 years, Mike served as assistant professional at Bel Air CC, teaching professional at Riviera CC and San Francisco GC, and head golf professional at Palos Verdes CC.

McTeigue was voted the 1995 Teacher of the Year for the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association. He was a popular speaker on golf instruction at sectional meetings of the Professional Golfer's Association. He was an Approved Speaker in the Etonic PGA Section Education Program and a faculty member in the PGA's Golf Professional Training Program. He was an instructor in the PGA's Professional Training and Development Seminar Program. He was an Invited Speaker at the Second World Scientific Congress of Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland in July 1994, at the Meet the Mentors Golf Summit preceeding the 1995 Ryder Cup Matches in Rochester, NY., and the NCPGA Player and Teacher Development Forum in 1998.

Mike McTeigue has been a pioneer in applying high-technology to the analysis and training of complex sports motions, especially the golf swing. His SportSense products embodied McTeigue's innovative approach to motor-learning, called Real-time Motion Training (RMT). This involves precise biomechanical analysis and customized, instantaneous auditory biofeedback as the athlete trains in the actual sports environment using his or her own equipment.

Mr. McTeigue is the co-inventor of RMT products for professional instructors the Swing Motion Trainer and consumers the Golf Swing Tuner and the X Factor Sensor. He has used the Swing Motion Trainer to analyze the golf swings of more than 160 U.S. PGA, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA professionals.

His work produced the "X Factor" articles with Jim McLean; the "Science of the Swing" instruction series in GOLF Magazine, the Golf Digest article, "How's Your Grip Pressure?"; and the Senior Golfer series on "Curing Your Slice"; as well as numerous articles in golf trade publications. McTeigue also authored the hardcover book and companion video, The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, which GOLF Magazine featured as top selections.

Mike graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in Psychology, and he received his Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Customer Reviews

Very simple and easy to read.
Otsegoguy
Using the instruction in this book, my golf swing improved dramatically in a very short time.
Mike1
I wish I had read this book years ago.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mike1 on July 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have invested the last year building a correct, accurate and repeatable golf swing. During that time I've read more than twenty golf instruction books. My readings have helped build my understanding of the golf swing and have supplemented my golf lessons.
This book is one of the lesser known golf instructional books by a relatively unknown author. Through my readings I have found that the most well-known professional golfers don't necessarily produce the best golf instructional books.
For a clear, fundamental description of the golf swing, this book is one of the best. With the instruction in the book, your understanding of the body movements required to create a correct golf swing will grow rapidly. Using the instruction in this book, my golf swing improved dramatically in a very short time.
I highly recommend this book. If you are just beginning to play golf or if you are a long time hacker wanting to learn a proper and correct golf swing, this is the book that will give you the instruction you need to improve rapidly.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Keyes on June 8, 2007
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The very first time I played golf I got a hole-in-one.

It's been downhill ever since.

I was 15 years old and 35 years later I was still struggling to break 80. I'd hit the ball OK some days, but usually I always put too much pressure on my short game to score. I read all the books, took all the lessons and beat balls on the range until my hands bled. Mechanically everything always looked copasetic, but yet I was never consistent in ball striking. Thin, fat, toe, hook, push, etc.

I knew it was important to be in a relaxed and "athletic position" at address. My inherent problem was with excess tension THROUGHOUT the swing. I mistook power for the "coiling of the spring", (bad metaphor!). At the top of my backswing my arms, shoulders and torso were tied in one big connected KNOT. Like most men I thought muscle strength was the key to distance and I would try to over power everything without knowing it. Think Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Ernie Els. Swing easy, hit hard.

So I took to the range after reading this book with yet another tip to experiment on like I've been doing on and off almost all my life; low and behold, once I relaxed my arms and shoulders throughout the swing and hit the ball in a much more free flowing fashion, I swear to God I felt like the incarnation of Ben Hogan. Solid, straight shots like never before. Feeling the ball compress against the face of the club each time was sublime. Working it right and left at will.

I'm now regularly shooting in the seventies from the pro tees and focusing more on the short game to start beating old man par. I may even start competing in some amateur events next year. The key is ZERO TENSION in all muscles throught the swing. Tension destroys the golf swing.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2001
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It's scary but I've read almost all of the well-known golf instruction books, and many of the lesser-known ones as well. This is the best golf swing book I have ever read for the high-handicapper who is looking to bring consistency to his/her swing. This book is not about fades, draws, varying trajectory, or anything else that involves advanced shot-making. But for the beginner, it's clear, common-sense, easy to follow and easy to learn. Info is presented in a way where you can actually learn and build upon the different parts of the swing. Muscle memory is key, along with a sound mental approach. It's all covered here. A solid companion book to this, one that focuses entirely on the mental aspect of the golf game, is Quantum Golf, also available via Amazon.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Hartley on May 8, 2005
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I have been trying to play golf for 25 years, managed to join a club for a couple of years and played every week.

I always had one major problem that really took the fun out of the game - I would often top or fluff the ball, even when my game was going relatively well. At the start of this year I hit a 117, I was so embarrassed, it was either give up or make a change, I bought this book.

I have had numerous lessons and not one of them spotted that I was starting my downswing with my arms - a fatal flaw.

I managed to get down to a 24 handicap before reading this book, but in the last few months I have been amazing my golf friends, hit my first eagle on a par 4, shot 6 pars in one round, scored my first sub-90 total (par 71) and am hitting the ball 10-15 yards longer (shot a 7 iron 160 yards!).

Cannot recommend the book highly enough. I bought a practice mat and net because I still play only about once per week, and spent 10-15 minutes each day with the drills in the book for about two months. What a difference. For me golf is a new game and much more fun.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Zdeb on May 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I stumbled upon Michael McTeigue's book, I'd just about given up on the game of golf. I had so many swing keys and "positive" thoughts swimming around my head that I'd lost my passion for the game. I felt like a poster child for the frustrated golfer. Well, that's all changed after reading this book.
If you're sick and tired of trying to micro-manage your full swing: right elbow here, left forearm there, head over here, etc., this is a book you must read.
In my case, I literally stopped golfing while I read, understood, and practiced the keys outlined in the book. I would highly recommend that approach.
This is the first golf book I've read that shows you how to develop a full swing with rhythm and timing. Now I swing the club at 75% of my previous effort level and hit the ball 5~10 yards further per club with more accuracy than I can remember. Moreover, I believe that I can "feel" my swing better than I ever have. Oh, and by the way, my handicap is down 8 strokes from a 22 to 14.
Now, just try to wipe the stupid grin off my face as I stand over the ball on a 200 yard Par-3 over water!
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