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Total Shotmaking: The Golfer's Guide to Low Scoring Paperback – April 6, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 6, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062720600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062720603
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

In the past seven years, only one American golfer has won the Masters Tournament. In 1992, this same pro finished the season with the lowest scoring average (under 70). As with E.F. Hutton, people listen when Couples speaks. His instructions, which range from fundamental tee-to-green techniques, adopting a carefree mindset, staging innovative practice sessions, and cultivating a vivid imagination, should help readers master the game of golf. Five of the six chapters include a section called "Couples Clinic," in which the author offers advice that is occasionally contrary to the norm. Recommended for libraries serving both duffers and serious golfers.
Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Couples is not only one of the most popular professional golfers, in 1991 and 1992 he was the best player on the PGA tour. But when news came to the golfing world that Freddie was writing a book, there were probably some raised eyebrows. You may have seen Couples on an often-run TV ad saying, in effect, I don't know any more about the golf swing than the average golfer--I take the club back and I hit it. In reality, though, Couples knows quite a lot about the swing, and his book of instruction is a pleasant surprise. His method is unorthodox, but many will be curious to find out how and why he does what he does. The book covers all aspects of the game, offers some interesting tips as well as the standard ones, and chats, occasionally, about the techniques of other well-known golfers. The format is simple and appealing. A nice complement, by way of contrast, to Nick Faldo's Golf: The Winning Way (1992), for those interested in keeping their golf instructionals up-to-date. Stuart Whitwell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By golfacce@aol.com on June 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Since I purchased Total Shotmaking the book has been my constant source of reference and review whenever my game drops a notch. The best part of this book, for me, is the section titled "Couples' Clinic." This section includes 60 excellent tips on shot making. Its almost as if Fred Couples becomes your personal instructor to help you correct bad shots or develop new shots to enhance your game.
Total Shotmaking has helped me lower my handicap because it has expanded my bag of shots to help me recover from difficult spots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My favorite golfer here reveals some of his thinking about the game.
Renowned for his tempo, short game and scrambling ability, you'll take away much in these areas.
From reading this, I too now play gloveless. It saves money, I feel the clubhead much better and have much better grip pressure from making this change.
Another tip that has saved many shots in my rounds, is that when the ball is down snug in the grass, play pitch shots down the line.
Freddie has many like these in here you'll find so useful as well. Good stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Blanch Domeque on April 23, 2012
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Nicklaus, Hogan, Floyd, etc... It seems to be the natural way the mind understand the intuitive swing of golf. It could be the short way to get a sound and solid swing. Buy this book, read it again and again and may be helps you to enjoy your rounds.
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By M. Bateman on November 8, 2012
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This book has helped me more than any other.

I have changed my swing recently from the flatter Hogan to the more upright Couples swing plane.

This book explains how Fred Couples swings the club from driver to putter, and it explains what you should do if your swing is not exactly like Fred's.

Also, some nice insights and tips on how to be more relaxed mentally.

My driver speed has definitely increased, iron shots now have a slight fade,less stress on my body.

After leaving my local practice range, I'm happier than ever-finally more progress.

I also had to make an equipment change. As my clubs (6-3 iron) have too much of a flat lie.

BTW- I'm 6'3" 205 lb.
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Format: Hardcover
My favorite golfer here shares some of his game thoughts.
Being one of the best at tempo and scrambling, you'll find some great advice here.
I especially have put his idea of swinging down the line on pitch shots where the ball is snug down in the longstuff.
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