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The Single Plane Golf Swing: Play Better Golf the Moe Norman Way Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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''Moe Norman was an extraordinary man who intuitively developed the Single Plane Golf Swing, which he taught to Todd Graves. Through this wonderful book, frustrated golfers can learn to swing like Moe and improve their games.'' --Anthony Robbins, Best-selling author, America s #1 Life & Business Strategist
''Nearly twenty years ago, I asked Moe Norman this question: 'If I were to write a movie about you, who's the person I should talk to about your swing? Moe didn't hesitate. 'Todd Graves,' he said. 'Yep, Todd Graves. When I see him swing, I see me. Yep. I see me'.'' --Barry Morrow, Oscar (Rain Man) and Emmy (Bill) award-winning writer
''One of golf's greatest untold stories, Moe Norman's life illustrated a simple and powerful truth: greatness is built from practicing the right swing in the right way. In this book, Todd Graves has given us a blueprint for that swing, for those practice habits, and most of all for a process that builds success.'' --Dan Coyle, NY Times best-selling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent
About the Author
Todd Graves is the world's best-known teacher of the Single Plane Swing, which was developed by Moe Norman, the greatest ball-striker in the history of golf according to many of golf's most respected names. A former player on the Canadian and Asian professional golf tours, Todd became known as ''Little Moe'' for his ability to replicate the swing of Moe Norman. Through his friendship with Moe and their mentor-student relationship, Todd became an authority on Moe's Single Plane Swing and dedicated himself to preserving and enhancing Moe's legacy and teaching his swing. Todd is an archivist of articles, pictures, videos, clubs, and memorabilia that pertain to Moe. In 2000, Todd and his brother Tim Graves co-founded the Graves Golf Academy, the only golf program dedicated to teaching Moe's approach to golf. The academy has taught more than 5,000 students in its golf schools in Florida, Oklahoma City, and around North America. Todd lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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As for people wondering about your swing? Who cares! When you hit 18 straight fairways they tend to shut up...
I love it!
Type could have been larger for easier reading and I would have preferred the traditional hardback size for bookcase storage.
The method Moe Norman used certainly makes sense, simplifies the swing, reduces strain on the back, and keeps the ball on line better than any other method being taught today.
With this swing plane I'm hitting the ball more solid, farther, and straighter than in the recent past. Years ago I was a 2 handicap. Today, at age 70 and in good health, my handicap is a 7 and moving steadily downward. Golf is fun again. Thanks, Moe.
Readers should note, however, that Moe’s swing was only one version of the single plane golf swing. Jim Hardy offers another version in “The Plane Truth”, and the version Graves offers here differs from that one in almost every detail. Surely, there are others, as well. I can’t say which of these books is most likely to be a successful guide for the would-be single plane golfer. I only offer the comparison to illustrate the fact that golf pros hardly agree on anything.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should divulge that I attended one of Todd Graves golf schools a decade ago. The material offered in this book answers questions that went unanswered back then. [Todd eschews technical questions and questioners.] Although a few holes still remain, the material that is presented is clear enough to be followed.
For students of the golf swing, the book reveals that there has been considerable movement over the years in what Graves teaches. For example, back when I attended his school, the single plane swing was described almost entirely in upper body terms, with the lower body merely offering support. The present material describes a far more robust involvement of the lower body. A decade ago there was also a lot of talk about ‘hammering’ with the right side, which is little more than a footnote here. Now, it’s very much a left-sided technique. The improvement in presentation makes me wish I had just waited before getting involved.
Although the book offers a detailed description of the full swing, missing is any discussion of the short game, which constitutes a valuable part of the Graves method. I can only hope that this subject is covered in a future volume. Also missing is any discussion of the best equipment designs for the single plane swing. For example, a number of years ago, oversized, non-taper grips were said to be beneficial as were irons with tapered leading edges and broad soles. Those recommendations appear to have gone by the wayside.
Present in abundance is Graves reverence for Moe Norman, about which no more need be said.
Finally, a word of caution to anyone wishing to pursue this technique – I would not describe the author’s tone as particularly encouraging. What was once described as “simple” is now revealed in its true light. Graves suggests that as few as 10 percent of his students are up to the learning challenge and likens the process to obtaining a black belt in karate. He also takes an open swipe at anyone who attempts to understand what they’re supposed to do before doing it. He just wants you to copy Moe and not ask questions.
To adequately copy Moe, Graves insists that you make extensive use of video. You can practice positions in front of a mirror. But when it comes to actually hitting balls, he doesn’t want you to take any more than 10 swings without videoing and reviewing the results. He also wants you to take six months off from playing the game to work on technique. Only then are you allowed to actually visit a golf course. With requirements like these, it is perhaps not surprising that so few players swing like Moe.
years, this book not only gives you the detailed
instruction on how to develop the Single Plane Swing. It also gives you insight into the lives and
motivation of both More Norman and Todd Graves. This book has a 5 star raiding and I highly recommend it to all gofers .