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Written in the early '70s, Golf My Way is the first of the truly modern instructionals mixing physics and kinesiology with theory and technique. The writing's a little dense, but the illustrations are quite good, and some of the mental exercises nothing less than revolutionary. If there's a caveat to Golf My Way, it's that Jack's way works for Jack's game, and may not mesh with yours. Then again, this is the book that introduced Ernie Els to golf, and look what he's done. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jack Nicklaus was born in 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, and maintains a home there and in Florida. Widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, he has achieved a record twenty major championship victories, consisting of two U.S. Amateurs, six Masters (also a record), four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five PGA Championships. The winner of more than 100 professional tournaments around the world, Nicklaus was named Golfer of the Century in 1988.

Ken Bowden was the editorial director of both Europe's and America's premier golf magazines, and has collaborated with Nicklaus on eleven books. Since first watching Nicklaus compete in 1959, Bowden has witnessed a great many of Jack's achievements first-hand. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Thus edition (April 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068485211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684852119
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I used the original parts of this book as released by Golf Digest in the 70's and later. This book is updated and includes essential components covering all aspects of the basics and beyond. Nicklaus is excellent at describing the comprehensive components of the golf swing in general and with the various situations you'll find yourself in around the course.

Jack Nicklaus isn't usually thought of as one of the all time great instructors, but his constant attention throughout his life to the game, the swing, the equipment and to instructors, means that he has a "Top 10" ability as an instructor to get the ideas across clearly, and to help you avoid pitfalls. Many instructors are just not so fully aware of the scope of the related issues. Jack had to. He had to play and his intention was to win. Nothing was left to guesswork.

I find that Nicklaus' description of the full swing is essential to understanding the various points in the swing IN MOTION. He doesn't need gadgets, he uses diagrams and sketches to show you. He's always dealing with how one thing leads to another. The golf swing is not just the person, it's weight shift, the club in relation to the hands, the path of the club, and a few abstract concepts that Nicklaus is excellent at keeping clear and meaningful.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to all golfers who have handicaps greater than about 2. Take these instructions, run them through 100 shots on the course and realize how a leading, proven, brilliant golfer and instructor can point out a few things that could help you. For anyone starting the game, for anyone who has reached a sticking point and can't seem to improve, and for those who want to have more fun and just hit the ball cleanly more and don't really worry about the score......
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By A Customer on September 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After renting this tape many times over the years, I was happy to find that Amazon.com carries it. I purchased it and at the same time purchased "Golf My Way -- The Full Swing". When they arrived, I found that this tape, "Golf My Way I -- Hitting the Shots" is the original tape that I have rented. I also found that "The Full Swing" is EXCERPTED from this one, so I returned it. It states that plainly on the cover, but that is not clear online. One only needs this one tape. Ordering both is not necessary.
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Format: Paperback
I started golfing last summer with the aid of a co-worker to help get me started. Once school started back up I found myself going to the driving range much more often the he could meet me there for guidance; I knew that if I wanted my game to progress I would either need to find another trainer or turn to a book. Concidering this book is less then 20$ and a trainer can be around 100$ a session, I opted for the book.

Immediatley after taking suggestions from grip, stance, swingplane, and posture my game improved immensley. My slice is now undercontrol and I get an extra 20 yrds out of my irons. The book has helpfull illustrations that really put some of the dynamics of this game into perspective.

I recomend this to anyone who is trying to either start golfing or even for avid golfers who are trying to tweak there play styles and shake some bad golf habits. This book has truly been a golf blessing.
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By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I found this video to be most helpful in the beginning stages of my game (before I broke a 100). Nicklaus, does an excellent job of keeping the lessons flowing and easy to understand. I would definitely reccomend this video to the weekend hacker who wants to try video lessons to get a grasp on the fundamentals of a good golf swing.
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Format: Paperback
I read the 1976 version as I learned the game in 1977, and it gave the most methodical, comprehensive, and intelligent perspective on every aspect of the game of any book I have read since then.
I have had several very well qualified pros since those days and this book provided me with a foundation to make sense of what I was hearing in lessons that followed. My handicap would not have been a 2 unless I had read this book. I am certain that had I continued on the golf team I would have made it to the tour, which I credit to Jack's great insights into the game.
An absolute must for any serious golfer.
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By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Jack Nicklaus has forgotten more about the golf swing then we will ever know. Nicklaus shares his vast knowledge with the rest of us hackers. He starts with the basics about Grip, stance, swing arc, alignment etc. The beginner to the scratch player will gain important game improvement knowledge. Jack shows how to do it correctly and he also shows some common swing faults.
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I found this book disappointing. I had hoped for a book which addressed the technical details of the swing--a book to instruct. Instead, the book present few details and more general remarks on playing the game. I've read Hogan's books and Trevino's book. These at least contained detailed instructions on the dynamics and techniques for their way of swing the club. This book is destined for my favorite used book store.
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I picked up this book as a 15 year old kid and its the only form of golf lesson I have ever had. My handicap got down to 7 witin 5 years and then I stopped playing. Ive now started again and im going to read this book again and this time with Jacks help im sure I will get down to 2 or 3. Im not saying it will work for everyone, but, I cant think of many other people I would rather have teach me to play golf.
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