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Dave Pelz's Putting Games: The More You Play, the Better You Putt Hardcover – September 27, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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“Thanks Pelzie! I couldn’t have won my Majors without you!” –Phil Mickelson

“Dave Pelz is the best. It’s pure and simple. If you want to play your best, you work with the best… that’s Pelz.” –Steve Elkington

“Dave Pelz is the most confident person, let along coach, I’ve ever been around. His science-based knowledge is the best I’ve ever seen.” –Colin Montgomery

“In one day’s work with Pelz, I learned more about putting than I had known in my entire life.” –Curtis Strange

About the Author

In addition to a four-year golf scholarship and degree in physics from Indiana University, and fifteen years as a space research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Dave Pelz has devoted more than three decades to science-based golf instruction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible, Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, and Dave Pelz’s Damage Control.  He is the founder of the Pelz Golf Institute and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game schools. He lives outside Austin, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st edition (September 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When I ordered this book I felt quite excited. I knew from his other books that Dave Pelz offers highly detailed (and excellent) science and research in his approach to teaching and generally I like that kind of thing, but what really got me excited was simply the idea of the "putting games" to help me improve during the winter. The problem I wasn't expecting was in order to play some of them properly, you really need to buy Dave Pelz's other training aids and gadgets. Disappointing. If you have these already, or if you like his science based approach, this book is definitely for you. If it's just games you want to help you improve at home, I suggest you save your money and get "The Little Book of Indoor Golf Games: Sure-fire Ways to Improve Your Game at Home or in the Office" instead as it also offers simple ideas for games and drills without needing any special equipment.
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By MNRBL on October 23, 2012
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Pelz has a great reputation, but this book is a disappointment. A premise of the book is that because most of us have busy lives, we need to practice putting at home; who has time to drive back and forth to the golf course during the week? Great. Makes sense. But as you read the book you realize that unless you have a 2.5 acre practice facility in your backyard, as Pelz does, then you're going to have to buy a lot of extra gear to play the games he describes in the book. He calls these things "MEMS" (micro-electronic-memory systems). What MEMS must you buy to play the at-home putting games Pelz describes in "Putting Games"? Well, you'll need a "Face Boot", a "Stroke Boot" an "AimLine Tutor", a "Touch Tutor", a "Putting Track", a "LazrAimer" "Teacher Clips" a "Truthboard",a "Teacher Pointer", a "Putting Tutor", and a few "Phony Holes". Gee, I wonder who might sell these training aids? Pelz? That was the second surprise. You go to his website and discover that yes, he'll sell you a "LazrAimer" for $149, a "Putting Tutor" for $49.95, and a "Teacher Pointer" for $19.95. But the other gadgets and gizmos are not available on his website -- or anyplace else! Google the names of these aids and half of them will produce zero results (other than the Golf Magazine article hawking the book). So even if you had unlimited disposable income to spend on your golf addiction, you can't buy the tools needed to play the games Pelz urges you to practice at home. The book fails even as a tool to sell teaching aids. Very, very disappointing. Not what we expect from Dave Pelz.
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Some time ago I purchased and read with great delight Dave Pelz's Putting Bible. It was a wealth of analysis and information on putting. It went into excruciating detail on how to put, why you should hit the ball exactly 17 inches past the hole, the lumpy donught and so on.
As a result I had high expectations of Dave Pelz's Putting Games and was quite frankly disappointed when I received it. It contains a number of rudimentary drills and a number of "advertisements" for putting aids that you can purchase from Dave's organisation and little else.
After Dave's Putting Bible and Short Game Bible which were such detailed and anlaytical books I found myself asking, was this the real Dave Pelz or just his company looking to make a few quick dollars by trading on his name.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read this and every other book on putting by Dave Pelz (and many others). Most of them have been helpful resources. This one is a disappointment. The trend I've have noticed in each subsequent publication is an increasing effort to solicit training aids and a decrease in the quality of ideas and research. The putting "games" are unimaginative. Basically he advises us to putt at 3 feet, then 6 feet, then 10, 15, 20 and so on. Each game can be scored. However, we are left with little information regarding what a good score might be. Presumably, he uses these games with the students and tour pros he teaches. Surely, there is a database that he could have referenced in the book. This would have given the reader insight into areas of putting that require more practice.

Perhaps most disturbing to me is the continued perpetuation of what I'll call the "17 inches past the hole myth". Distance past the hole is an undefined term. Should you measure it radially, linearly, or along the ball path arc? The distance past the hole is more a measure of the uniformity, slope and green speed behind the hole. Anyone who has stimped a green knows that the ball rarely rolls the same distance on sequenced rolls despite dropping the ball from a consistent height and at a consistent speed. Distance past the hole is a poor measure of ball speed at the hole. And all the hole "cares" about is ball speed at the hole. Go back and read the original description of the "research" in Pelz's first book, "Putt like the pros". Despite containing some other good original ideas on putting, his "research" would not hold up in a peer reviewed journal. I'm surprised to see it quoted so often.
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This is the fourth book I have bought by Dave Pelz, and with each new one I read I remember why I considered the last one to be too technical. There were some helpful tips, but overall I found his approach to practicing putting to be too analytical for my taste.
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