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Why You Suck at Golf: 50 Most Common Mistakes by Recreational Golfers [Kindle Edition]

Clive Scarff
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Do you suck at golf?

Better yet, do you know someone who does?

While written in a tongue-in-cheek style, Why You Suck at Golf is an informative and educational manual chronicling the most common mistakes golfers make when playing this wondrous game.

From trying to keep your head too still, to poor on-course strategies, if there is a common, easily correctible mistake a golfer makes, it is in this book.

52 chapters in all, each discussing a mistake and how to correct it in simple, concise terms.

So whether you want to have a little dig at the addicted golfer among your friends or family, or you are serious about eradicating shot-costing mistakes in your game, “Why You Suck at Golf” is a must read.

Written by Teaching Professional Clive Scarff, author of the #1 ranked “Hit Down Dammit!” golf instruction book, also available on Amazon.

Now also available in Paperback.


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About the Author

Clive Scarff was born in Toronto and developed a love of writing at an early age. His first "screenplay" was produced and aired on the local cable channel when he was 13. At 14 he and his family moved to Melbourne, Australia, and in high school he was the first ever student to write a one-act play for the school's drama festival. From there Clive returned to Toronto to take Radio and TV Arts at Ryerson University, majoring in writing. This led to a first career, in television production, where he wrote for commercials, ethnic programming, a fishing show, Canada's Gemini Awards, and CTV's Winter and Summer Olympic coverage. In 1994 Clive took a chance to test his mettle in the world of golf, and successfully qualified to become a golf professional. His strength lay with teaching, and that teaching combined with his writing history led the creation of "Hit Down Dammit!" - a golf instructional book that explains the workings of the golf swing as it revolves around the physical need to hit down - not up - at a golf ball to make it go up, and straight. The success of Hit Down Dammit! opened a lot of doors; Clive now has a syndicated golf column, a series of instructional DVDs, and two more books on golf. Also completed is a screenplay on golf called "Senior Tour" and the pilot for a golf-themed fantasy/adventure show entitled "Mystic Links". Clive resides in the golf mecca of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Thornhill Press (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O58SQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A candid, humorous look at the game of golf! March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being an ardent golfer, I have read many books about golf, mostly written by the pros. Almost every pro has, at one time, written a book about his golf game. Although most of these "instruction books", if I may call them that, are very good and the pros are obviously masters in their field, some of them can get very complicated and hard to understand. One can easily get lost in the small details. What is needed is a simple booklet, that explains the most common mistake in golf, in easy, layman's terms.
Enter "Why You Suck at Golf" by Clive Scarff. Here's a little gem of a book that tells us what is wrong with the game of golf, for about 90 percent of the people playing it. Little tidbits of important information that other, more elaborate books may or may not mention: Getting at the course too late, so you can't warm up, are all flustered, and duff the first hole. Wasting your energy carting a golf bag around that is too heavy with unnecessary equipment, too many balls, jackets, etc. (For people playing in colder climates!) Not regripping your clubs. I'd played golf for many years, before I even realized one has to change their grips now and then! Tinkering with your swing. Now that's really important: every time I have a bad shot, I think it must be my swing and change it. Bad, very bad.
Mr. Scarff discusses all these features, and many more, in a funny, humorous manner. I really liked "Why You Suck at Golf" and learned a lot from reading it. I will definitely buy Mr. Scarff's other golfbooks, and recommend him to other fellow golfers! Keep up the good work, Clive!
Hendrik Witmans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just don't read it - do it! October 27, 2011
By Sticks
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If all golfers applied Clive Scarff's suggestions to their game there would be less frustration on the course resulting in a more enjoyable round. For instance I now realise (rather shamefully) that I don't always notice where tee balls and other shots of playing partners land. After all, apart from marking cards there are other things to do e.g.removing/adding clothing, drinking at the water fountain, rummaging for snacks - you've got the picture! There is constructive reading in Clive's book for all golfers and the price won't break the bank either.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Clive Scarff's latest book, Why You Suck at Golf, may not be any new ground breaking examples of the poor thing we do as golfers, but what it does do is make us realize that, "Yes, we are guilty of these things" and then helps us take an honest look at our golf game. What resonates with me from this often funny but concise look at common golf mistakes, is that I realize these things happen in my golf game, but I ignore them. Calling attention to them in a logical, "Your Game Could Be Better If" way makes total sense to me. Perhaps my favourite part is the one about your playing partner off in the trees looking for lost golf balls. This happens frequently when I play with my husband. Finally, after reading and sharing this section of Scarff's book with him, I think he finally realizes that it is distracting to his playing partners when he's rummaging through the forest. As a scientist, I must point out that nothing sucks in science - every energy force is a push or a pull; and the reason I say this? Perhaps it makes sense to take a look at Scarff's original book Hit Down, Dammit! to fully understand those pushes and pull in your golf game so that you do not figuratively suck at golf. KMB
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book July 2, 2013
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Very easy to read. Not complicated which made it easy to transfer to the course. Saw an immediate change in my golf score when I applied what the book said
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP IT SIMPLE June 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is short, easy to read, and packs a lot of basic info that will be sure to lower your score.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad May 4, 2013
By Cubby
Format:Kindle Edition
Good book for golf head game problems. Helps your view on a round looking forward to using these mental q's in my next round.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for hackers April 6, 2013
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Easy read,funny. Makes the game simple for weekend golfers.Teaches you to be successful and not worrying about comparing yourself to be like Tiger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was entertaining and helpful March 6, 2013
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He points out some if the obvious short comings of everyone's game and has some simple tips that could make a big difference. Way quick read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I Suck at Golf!
Very interesting perspective on the game. It hit so close to home it is scary. His cures are so simple; I have already put many in place and seen an improvement in my game. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Joanie Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of $$
This book isn't very helpful at all... it states the obvious, and not very well at that! There were no 'brilliant' insights into the nature of playing golf. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Brent R. Ledford
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief and insightful.
Short and pointed. Addresses issues that harm recreational golfers, but are typically ignored by those trying for a better score. Insightful and practical.
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Fun informative instruction. Golf instruction with tongue in cheek presentation.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Elder
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to enjoy the game with your ability to follow Clive's...
While there could be a book with a more refined title, it covered all the points well and will improve my game in the long run. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ursula M. Connors
4.0 out of 5 stars I do suck at golf
Now I know some of the reasons I suck at golf. More than 50 reasons for me.
Published 1 month ago by Charlie T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Diasappointing
Not what I'd expect from a serious golf book. Very, very basic information and nothing that a person who had played more than a handful of rounds wouldn't already know.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Iole
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, quick read
Just opening the cover and seeing the 50 top reasons, I could scan down and immediately see several reasons why I suck. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jess Armor
3.0 out of 5 stars modestly entertaining
Practical tips for the hacker who sucks and is trying to improve. Most of the tips relate to mental mistakes, and approach to the game
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Madejski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a good read and did help with some of my problems plus it was amusing.
Published 1 month ago by D. Dyer
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More About the Author

Born in Toronto, Clive Scarff developed a love of writing at an early age. His first "movie" aired on the local cable channel when he was 13. At 14 he and his family moved to Melbourne, Australia, and in high school he was the first-ever student to write a play for the school's drama festival.

Clive returned to Toronto to take Radio and TV Arts at Ryerson University, majoring in writing. This led to a first career, in television production, where he wrote for commercials, ethnic programming, a fishing show, Canada's Gemini Awards, and CTV's Winter and Summer Olympic coverage.

In 1994 Clive took a chance to test his mettle in the world of golf, and successfully qualified to become a golf professional. His strength lay with teaching, and that teaching combined with his writing history led to the creation of "Hit Down Dammit!" - a golf instruction book that explains the workings of the golf swing as it revolves around the physical need to hit down at a golf ball to make it go up, and straight.

The success of Hit Down Dammit! opened a lot of doors; Clive now has a syndicated golf column, a series of instructional DVDs, and had added "Why You Suck at Golf" "Mystic Links" and "Swing Issues" to his inventory of golf-related books. Also completed is a golf-themed screenplay called "Senior Tour". Clive resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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