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The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing: Curing Your Hit Impulse in Seven Simple Lessons Paperback – November 1, 1985
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Most golf instruction books are written by famous performers about how they personally swing the club, and there's no doubt the better ones can be helpful-especially if you share the authors's athleticism, ambition, appetite for work, and opportunities for practice and play.
This book was written by a very bright but at the time unfamous young teacher whose daily bread depended on delivering permanently decent-to-good golf games to averagly endowed people with no interest in becoming slaves to the sport. He became so successful at that in his immediate community that his pupils demanded he put the system on paper for their constant reference and reminder. He called the result The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, and sent it to a number of star players, one of whom passed it on to me. After one quick reading I believed that the book would help so many other existing and would-be golfers to such an extent that it just had to be made available nationally. Jim McQueen, one of the world's top golf artists and a former professional, fully shared those sentiments and agreed to do the illustrations, and the nation's leading golf book publisher became an enthusiastic third party.
The key to Michael McTeigue's success with his thousands of pupils af all sizes, shapes, ages and ability levels in California, and the beauty of this book, is the clarity and simplicity and the supremely logical sequentiality of its approach to the golf swing. Follow the easily mastered steps or Keys in the recommended order and with a reasonable degree of patience, and in a remarkably short time, you will be experiencing entirely new sensations of both accurate striking and effortless power. Encouraged by those - and the accompanying evaporation of confusion - you will persist with these simple and clear cut moves until they become thoroughly muscle-memorized. At that point, you will be swinging the golf club effectively and with total confidence on every shot entirely by feel, which is the closest you or anyone else will ever come to golf's secret (ask any champion if you doubt that). Gone forever at long last will be the Band-Aids and the gimmicks and all that frustrating stumbling from one fruitless theory to another.
If you love golf and want to play better for a lot less effort, then forget Michael McTeigue's fame quotient and work with this little gem of a book. It could make you as big a fan of his as all those happy pupils for whom he originally wrote it. --Ken Bowden. A former editorial director of Golf Digest magazine, Ken Bowden has coauthored more than a dozen golf instrunction books, seven of them with Jack Nicklaus.
This is the simplest, most easily understood, best overall golf instructional presentation I have ever read. Understanding the Lighthouse Turn alone is worth the price of admission. --Tim Baldwin, Coach emeritus, Stanford University's Women's Golf Team
The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing is a lovely book of golf instruction, well written, sound, and mercifully free of extraneous advice. --Michael Murphy, author of Golf In the Kingdom
About the Author
See Mike's NEW book, "Bulletproof Putting in Five Easy Lessons!" A member of the U.S. Professional Golfers Association for over 10 years, Mike served as assistant professional at Bel Air CC, teaching professional at Riviera CC and San Francisco GC, and head golf professional at Palos Verdes CC. McTeigue was voted the 1995 Teacher of the Year for the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers Association. He was a popular speaker on golf instruction at sectional meetings of the Professional Golfer's Association. He was an Approved Speaker in the Etonic PGA Section Education Program and a faculty member in the PGA's Golf Professional Training Program. He was an instructor in the PGA's Professional Training and Development Seminar Program. He was an Invited Speaker at the Second World Scientific Congress of Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland in July 1994, at the Meet the Mentors Golf Summit preceeding the 1995 Ryder Cup Matches in Rochester, NY., and the NCPGA Player and Teacher Development Forum in 1998. Mike McTeigue has been a pioneer in applying high-technology to the analysis and training of complex sports motions, especially the golf swing. His SportSense products embodied McTeigue's innovative approach to motor-learning, called Real-time Motion Training (RMT). This involves precise biomechanical analysis and customized, instantaneous auditory biofeedback as the athlete trains in the actual sports environment using his or her own equipment. Mr. McTeigue is the co-inventor of RMT products for professional instructors the Swing Motion Trainer and consumers the Golf Swing Tuner and the X Factor Sensor. He has used the Swing Motion Trainer to analyze the golf swings of more than 160 U.S. PGA, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA professionals. His work produced the "X Factor" articles with Jim McLean; the "Science of the Swing" instruction series in GOLF Magazine, the Golf Digest article, "How's Your Grip Pressure?"; and the Senior Golfer series on "Curing Your Slice"; as well as numerous articles in golf trade publications. McTeigue also authored the hardcover book and companion video, The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing, which GOLF Magazine featured as top selections. Mike graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in Psychology, and he received his Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
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This is a short book and that is its strong point.
Follow the instructions, do the techniques, re-read do the techniques again and build the muscle memory M.M. talks about and the improvement happens.
I've read a few golf lesson books through the years find this one the best for its simplicity of breaking down the basics.
For those who have read Bobby Jones think you will find some of the way M.M. uses words to grasp feelings/sensations similar to how B.J. did.
Inconsistent with your swing then short of multiple lessons with your local teaching pro get this book.
The salient features are two. First, it breaks down a fundamental swing into easy to understand chunks which are easy to practice and then combine. Second, the written descriptions of how you acquire the proper "feel" during the swing, and little exercises to do this, are the clearest ever.
I don't think the technique preached is totally novel or unrelated to what you've been doing. It shows a strong influence from Jim McLean's Revolution Golf and Doug Tewell's Square to Square method. While the young should find it useful, the more mature (I'm 69) may well find it necessary. From a mental point of view it reminds me of Dio Valiente's approach to golf, as in his book "Golf Flow," which emphasizes muscle memory and focus and playing shot by shot. As many of the famous players say, "you are playing the course, not the other players."
All in all, this book seems to help almost anyone and harm none. It is an enjoyable read with great exercises and good illustrations (even in the Kindle edition). While it is short, the benefits should be extensive. Buy it.
I generally enjoy reading the classic instruction the most such as Penick, Boomer, Dante, and Hogan. However, I consider this book along with Clampett's The Impact Zone and Michael Hebron's See and Feel the Inside Move the Outside, the modern day trilogy of golf instruction books. The only negative I can think of is my Kindle version does not have links to individual chapters for some reason.
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Good for all golfers. Do recommend to all
Easy fix too
Highly recommend the book.