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The Art of the Short Game: Tour-Tested Secrets for Getting Up and Down Hardcover – June 14, 2007
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STAN UTLEY has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 1989, and has earned over $1 million in prize money. He has set records for fewest putts per round, and for the past five years has worked with fellow pros including Peter Jacobsen, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Paul McGinley, and Darren Clarke on their short games
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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Utley's method may sound counter intuitive to how most people hit chip and punch shots, but that is part of what makes it so effective. To incorporate Utley's lessons into your short game, you most likely will have to completely change your chipping swing (this is not nearly as difficult as it sounds -- it's just a matter of paying attention to what he wrote and following his direction), which means it will be impossible to gradually stop using the Utley-taught swing and fall back on your old habits.
I'm an 8 handicap and already had a fairly decent short game. I think this would be a great book for any player with a handicap higher than mine, and for any low-handicap golfer who doesn't already feel their own short game method is their biggest strength.
You need to read the book or key passages several times to get it but once you do and get it into your muscle memory, it is quite simple.
I personally like the concept of using only 1 club like the sand wedge with say a 11-13 degrees bounce for everything around the green. I used to earlier use more than one club and the judgement becomes difficulty. We one club you know what the club is intrinsically capable of doing and that helps you to swing with fewer contradicting swing thoughts.
Combining his lesson with The Inner Game of Golf Tim Gallwey's book on the Inner Game of Golf will most certainly help you take your short game to the next level.
Enjoy the short game!