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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The pro tours' hottest coach." — Golf Digest

About the Author

MATTHEW RUDY has been a golf reporter at Sports Illustrated since 1995. Rudy has covered major events such as the U.S. Open, the Masters, and the Ryder Cup, as well as numerous LPGA events.

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I recommend this book to any serious golfer who wants to improve their putting stroke.
M. B. Adams
The book is very easy to read and very practical.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Tobias on June 11, 2012
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I have owned probably too many books on putting. Too much information can be a bad thing, esp. when some of that info is contradictory. But this is, quite likely, the only putting book I will ever need from now on, and the one that I wish that I had when I played for my college team. I have long considered Mr. Stockton to be one of the best, if not the best of some excellent coaches when it comes to putting. Annika Sorenstam went to Dave in the midst of her amazing career, and in short order her putting went from being middle of the pack to one of the very best in the women's game. Currently, Phil Mickelson has been working w/ Dave, and he is having a renaissance in his putting too! He was ranked right at 130th on tour in putting the last 3 yrs, and after working w/ Dave, currently is 14th! So what I am saying, is here is real 'insider dope', an approach that has been tried and tested. Why? Because Dave Stockton made his living for decades on the PGA and Senior PGA tours largely on the strength of his putting, not his ball striking. What he was taught by his father and other golfiing mentors, he passes on to you. I will say, though, that this book is not for the casual golfer, but one who is willing to tackle radically different thinking. The title gives a hint of what is in store. No more obsessive focus on mechanics, but instead on visualizing the line of the putt, for example. Not all will buy his thinking, but I know that it has helped numerous pros, and it has helped me already, even though I haven't learned the totality of the content of the book yet. If you are open minded and willing to try a radically different approach, you owe it to yourself to try this out.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lefty on September 16, 2011
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If you have seen Dave Stockton on the Golf Channel, you know that he is a great teacher on putting. My one complaint is that the book is only 90 pages. The concepts and ideas that he wants to convey are clear and interesting.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Collins on November 2, 2011
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Mr. Stockton's record as a touring professional makes this book a must read. His advice is interesting since he gets away from the mechanical aspects into the realm of the unconscious or intuitive. Muscle memory and the imprint on our subconsious is well exemplified by any one who touch types: You don't have to think about where the keys are, your fingers just go there. So why not apply this fact to instruction of any kind?

As a mediocre but avid player for some 65 years, I constantly seek Nurvana in this key scoring aspect of golf and welcomed this book as most useful.

Remember, since par is figured for any hole by allowing two strokes, so theoretically putting is half your score. While no player consistently hits every green in regulation, thus usually one takes fewer than 36 putts on a par 72 course.

Still, as more and more players, even touring pros, seem to be using the putter even when off the green, reading Mr. Stockton's book will be well worth doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RANDY pAGAN on November 7, 2012
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I have never too keen on golf instruction that promises instant success however, 30 mintues of applying Mr Stockton method. 28 putts first time after reading . Now hear this last round remined me of my youth fearless,
see it, feel it, do it...ready boys I'm pressing all bets...last round total 26 putts, nine greens regulation
and broke 70 for the first time in 8 years...P.S. Mr Stockton I will introduce you to all my daughters
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clayton McLaughlin on June 5, 2013
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First, Dave Stockton is highly regarded as one of the best putters in history, and the man never took a practice stroke. Throughout this book he talks about feeling the putt. If you're looking for an instruction manual with exact tips on exactly how to putt, go read the Dave Pelz Bible books. Dave Stockton includes some tips regarding hand placement, green reading, etc., but he doesn't believe there is one right way to putt. That is very evident throughout this book. I was originally surprised at how thin the book was after reading the Pelz stuff (which reaches 400 pages). But as a feel player myself, I really appreciated the approach that Stockton uses. If you're new to golf, I would not recommend this book. But if you've been playing for years, there are some handy thoughts in here that could take you to the next level.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2012
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The book has some VERY good ideas and you can read about them in other reviews. I'll tell you what I thought were short comings.

First and foremost there is almost nothing about READING putts. If you have trouble figuring breaks this book won't help you. Mr. Stockton can easily "see the line" and you are expected to already have that ability.

Second, while Mr. Stockton says many times that he doesn't care how you putt, so long as you roll it on the proper line at the proper speed, he spends a lot of time telling you exactly how he putts. Some of it is useful, but it goes against his desire that you become a "natural" putter. Its hard to be natural while imitating someone else.

Third, his chapter on equipment almost reads as an infomercial for TaylorMade. There is a fair amount of outdated fitting information present. One thing he almost completely ignores is picking a putter that you can properly aim. Most putter fitters today would put that as priority number one.

The bottom line is that I would buy the book again in a heartbeat and I expect it to improve my putting.
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