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Solid Contact: A Top Instructor's Guide to Learning Your Swing DNA and Instantly Striking the B all Better Than Ever Hardcover – March 15, 2012

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Jim Hardy is currently ranked in the top ten on Golf Digest's list of the fifty greatest teachers. His school, Plane Truth Golf, counts dozens of Pro Tour golfers and instructors on its roster, including Hank Haney, Stan Utley, and Mike Hall. Also the author of two popular Plane Truth instruction books, he lives in Spring, Texas.
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406586
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Sherrington on March 31, 2012
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This book is for the intermediate or advanced golfer who is seeking more consistency in his or her game. Beginners will get totally lost so I would recommend one of Jim Hardy's first two books rather than this one for newer players.

The plus/minus system provided is a logical next step to the work on one- and two-plane swings. The idea is that even with a swing in place, things will still go wrong (i.e., bad days). This book defines the adjustments that can help fix problems that emerge.

In brief, mistakes are said to come from swinging on too steep or too shallow of a plane. All ball flight mistakes are categorized. A menu of corrections is provided. Drawings make the corrections understandable.

For the right level of golfer, this a very good book albeit it somewhat hard to read. I wish I had this years ago as it would have saved a lot of time instead of having to figure things out through trial and error.
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I have all of Jim Hardy's books and highly recommend this one. This book is different from his prior books (everyone should own a copy of The Plane Truth) in that he has devopled a very good and simple system in finding swing faults by looking at your divot and ball flight. Once you have identified your fault, he provides you with a host of fixes to choose from depending on you particule issue. While I am a big fan of video and computer analysis, your divots and ball flight will tell you everything you need to know about your swing. Some have mentioned that the system is very confusing but I disagree. If you read the whole book it will make total sense and you will be able to correct your faults by self diagnosis. Get his book and use it, you'll be glad you did!
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I found this book to be helpful. It does not provide a full description of the setup, swing, etc. but assumes a working knowledge of these things. It is essentially a troubleshooting guide in which the reader is provided with tools to self-diagnose problems (although use of a PGA professional is also recommended) and then with additional tools to fix the problems. The book claims that all swing problems are "one fix" or "two fix" problems and shows how to figure out which is which. I am not sure If this is really true, since I only worked on the problems I was aware of or could identify. The book did help me to get rid of my shanking problem. If this continues to be true, it has paid for itself right there. I actually bought the book in two forms, one for the Kindle reader, which I returned for full credit, and then the hardback version, which I kept. Do not bother with the e-book version. The diagrams and charts are virtually unreadable, and the continual cross referencing from one section of the book to another that is needed is also very difficult and not user friendly. The hardback version was good, and I will keep it as a reference. One issue with this book is that it presumes a consistant swing flaw, which it then endeavors to correct. If you, like many of us, suffer from a wide vairety of exciting swing flaws and never know from one shot to the next which one will jump up and bite you, it will be more difficult to use this book. This is where the assistance of a knowledgable professional (i.e. not your husband, golf buddy, etc.) will be extremely beneficial. Best wishes to anyone who is trying to bring this game to its knees. May the force be with you.
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While the book is not an easy read, Jim's innovative theory and practice is brilliant. I view it as the most creative and effective approach to error correction I've seen in over 5 decades of studying golf instruction. I used it to tame my snap hook in one session on the driving range. BRAVO!
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This book is more advanced that either "Plane Truth for Golfers" books. Don't start here.

This book is a great value for golf instructors trying to fix students' swing flaws - without attempting to overhaul someone's entire swing.

If you're a DIY type, you can use this book to troubleshoot and fix your own swing. However, I recommend you start with both "Plane Truth for Golfers" books and the companion DVD videos. (4 discs set available at their web site: SolidContact[dot]net ) to grove the proper fundamentals for your swing type. Combined, this is a cheaper solution than even 2 golf lessons from an "uninformed" instructor, which may mess you up.

Also, get an "Orange Whip" to teach yourself proper swing "feel" (timing, tempo, rhythm, and balance). Search YouTube for Jim Hardy video on Orange Whip
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Easy book to read and understand. Lazy Brain is a problem

Bad reviewers in my mind either 1) did not apply himself to read/understand the book or 2) Does not have the mental mind set to apply the book - or a combination of both

At a glance the book may seem a confusing presentation. But just a little effort gets past that. The only thing I would change is one of his two symbols or codes. I would use an ^ instead of a +. Since + means a narrow steep upright swing I would be reminded of this better with a ^ compared to the +

The book Solid Contact explains how to interpret ball flight along with divot. I have the book and it is wonderful. The biggest lesson I learned from that book is that I have a seriously underdeveloped "observation/cause and effect determination/ implement solution" gene in my ancestry. Or to say another way I am: 2) Does not have the mental mind set to apply the book (yet)

Hardy's book Solid Contact has given me everything I need to determine what just happened and fix it but I am not yet up to the task of doing it. To illustrate I frequently casually see where my drive landed but I do not pinpoint and fix it in my mind, rather wander to the general area and hope it jumps out at me. Likewise the Solid Contact book swing result/fix requires a mind set of observation/cause and effect determination/ implement solution. A person cannot just see ball flight and glance at divot.

I confess that I am the guy that sees ball flight and glances at divot. I am not yet up to applying the simplicity of the cause and effect fix that is so easily described in this book. But I will get the mindset in gear.

I have his Book Plane Truth for Golfers and it is the best golf books ever.
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