- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Avery; 1ST edition (June 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592402925
- ISBN-13: 978-1592402922
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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StanÆs 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, seven-time PGA Tour winner, and winner of the 2004 Senior U.S. Open 2005 Senior Players Championship)
About the Author
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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If you're more of a front arm/hand "puller" in your full swing, this could take some time to get used to, and perhaps it' won't be the greatest marriage. Traditional short game methodologies are probably easier to marry w/ that type swing.
But Utley's short game methodologies are the most forgiving I've found. Catch a pitch or a sand shot a bit thin, and the ball checks pretty quickly....hit it a tad heavy, and these methods cause the ball to roll out pretty well, so much so that either way, you end up w/ a decent result. Now, nothing helps a full on blade or super-fat shot.
Didn't like how in-sequenced the sequencing still photos were in display on the Kindle; that needs to be addressed.
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!