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The Art of Putting: The Revolutionary Feel-Based System for Improving Your Score Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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"Golf's latest superstar guru"
"The hottest instructor in golf."
"Stan's help with my short game was the difference between playing some nice golf and winning again on the PGA Tour and winning majors on the Champions Tour."
-Peter Jacobsen, 7-time PGA Tour winner, and winner of the 2004 Senior U.S. Open and 2005 Senior Players Championship
"The short game was always hard for me, but Stan showed me how it could be easy. That part of my game improved straight away."
-Darren Clarke, 11-time winner on the European Tour
"The first 30 minutes I spent with Stan, I learned more about putting than in the previous 20 years. No matter where I am putting from I feel like I can make it. I was never thinking that way before."
-Rocco Mediate, 5-time winner on the PGA Tour
"When I started working with Stan, I saw that all of the fundamentals from my long game applied to my short game as well. Coordinating the two was a big step in improving my results."
-Paul McGinley, two-time European Ryder Cup player
Top Customer Reviews
It is as good as Tom Watson's Getting Up and Down, which is a short game guide.
I mean no disrespect to Mr Pelz, but I find his book overly scientific and mechanical. His ideas did not help me as much as Stan Utley's more natural and human approach to Putting.
His book is a quick and stimulating read. The ideas he puts forth are practical, proven and original. His preference for the "curved" putting path, as compared to the "straight through" putting path are challenging, well argued and convincing.
I especially liked his suggestion that you should look at your putting line from the side as well as from the front and rear. This has improved my putting immediately.
This is a good purchase. Forget about all the Zen golf books and focus on the real world of putting, helped by practical suggestions and proven methods.
A really good book.
Utley describes what is termed the Arc method of putting which is more natural than a pendulum or straight back / straight through approach. This is the method recommended for Toe Hang putters (e.g. most conventional blade putters).
Well illustrated in both every angle of the putt to get an idea of what he is trying to convey - he even summarizes the key points in the end of the book. Drills are outlined to practice his teaching points.
This method has improved my accuracy of short - as well as long putts.
Before you get that new 2 or 3 ball putter, read this book! You may save yourself a couple hundred dollars.
Some of his notable tour pupils include Jay Haas, Sergio Garcia and Rocco Mediate.
I highly recommend this book.
He spends a chapter explaining equipment, which is fine, but doesn't go into how to get fitted for a putter, and how to know WHEN it fits you.
Utley pushes for an inside to square to inside stroke, which is fine. However, I start to doubt Utley because of his misunderstanding of the straight back and straight through stroke. He believes that manipulation of the hands is required to keep the face square to the line when using this method, and this just isn't so. If your spine at your shoulders is horizontal to the ground, the shoulders will turn around the spine and the putter head will go straight back. The fact that he doesn't "get" this concerns me, and puts doubt in my mind that he really understands what makes a great putting stroke. He may have been a great putter on tour, and he may explain what he feels when giving instruction, but as far as the "why", I'm not convinced.
Utley's green reading chapter can be skipped. If you really want to know how to read greens get Geoff Mangum's book, "The Putting Zone". I don't buy into Mangum's theories on the putting stroke, but his green reading chapter is the best ever.
So really, there's maybe 40 pages here of info, and that info is sketchy at best.
Like I said, Utley may be a great teacher and may be able to identify faults in his students, but this book is essentially useless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as effective as States Stockton's unconscious Putting. Overly mechanical instructionPublished 2 months ago by Garett Houston
Like most golf books (other than Harvey Penick's little red book), the concepts are a bit rehashed followed with numerous name dropping of PGA Pros during the time the book was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gearhead Mania
Great book. Great technique. Stan knows what he's doing and how to instruct.Published 10 months ago by Mark A Young
I'll start this of by saying that I am a lower double digit handicap, and I've had some major issues making putts when I needed to. Read morePublished 14 months ago by TJ