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The Elements of Scoring: A Master's Guide to the Art of Scoring Your Best When You're Not Playing Your Best Paperback – April 27, 2000
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Jonathan Mayo New York Post Mr. Floyd takes you from the first tee to the final putt, giving tips on how to maximize your game to minimize your score every step of the way.
About the Author
Raymond Floyd has won 35 official tournaments (22 on the regular tour, 13 on the senior tour), including four majors. He made history in 1992 when he became the first player to win on both the PGA Tour and the Senior Tour in the same year. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida.
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I truly believe you always have something to work on regarding your golf swing, short game, putting etc. So in the meantime Ray Floyd gives you a way to play golf with what you have and it is all in this book.
His ideas seem to marry the mental approach with course management. Some of the concepts that I thought were outstanding was playing to your strengths, playing more club and understanding target.
If you're looking for swing or putting it advice you need to look somewhere else, this book is about how to score with all your clubs and it's worth checking out.
Raymond Floyd's book is a throwback -- it is like reading Ben Hogan or Harvey Penick. This book has no diagrams or drawings, rather it has the feel of a long sit-down conversation with a very experienced person who has real gems of wisdom to share. Most of us will never get to sit down for an afternoon of golf talk with Raymond Floyd, so this book is the best we'll get. I think Mr. Floyd took his task seriously and really intended to leave some insight about what it means to play at a very high level. One of my favorite anecdotes in the book is about his thought processes during, what was to him, his greatest shot as a professional -- an "impossible" shot.
Make no mistake, this book has remarkable insights and confirms some things about golf that I had started to formulate in my own mind but just hadn't been able to articulate. This book reminds me a bit of talking to my grandfather, or folks of older generations. They often spoke volumes and had a way of using understated euphemisms to convey meaning--in doing so us younger kids would miss the point--then a few decades later the lightbulb goes on . . . and you suddenly understand what they meant all along. There are pearls of wisdom here for those who are ready for them. Highly recommended.
If I have any criticisms at all, it's in the few places where a diagram or sketch would've been helpful -- or some photos of the events in question. The book is entirely narrative, and I get that to include photos or other graphics would be to fly in the face of the book's chosen approach. But in golf inevitably one starts to describe motions or stances, the layout of a famous hole, or some other physical detail that can become tedious to describe. Also some golf books become tedious laundry lists -- it should be OK to have a book that talks about putting but leaves out say, driving, or bunker shots, or how many/what type of clubs to carry. A few of these small sections of the book were given short shrift and probably didn't really need to be there. These are small flaws.
Rather than being a book on how to play the game, it is more of a guide about how to think about playing the game. Floyd reminds us that the bottom line about golf is scoring. And scoring depends on decision making as much as talent and technical ability.
My favorite part of the book is the contrast Floyd draws between the 10 mistakes most high handicappers make versus the 10 most made by professionals. Since golf is a game of minimizing mistakes and good mis-hits, you begin to realize that you get better when you start to tilt away from the mistakes high handicappers make and toward those that professionals make.
I've given copies of this books to many friends over the years and all agree that this is the most important book in their golf libraries.