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A Swing for Life: Revised and Updated Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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“The six-time Major winner and former world No.1 takes a swing at dream rounds, wrong decisions and the lure of making a comeback.” (John Naughton GQ)
“Might be as good an instruction book as any we've seen in recent years. It's certainly the most handsome...If any 'how to' book is worth the money, this is one.” (Golfing)
"I love how Nick favored control over distance. His swing always had perfect rhythm and balance. Nick Faldo defied convention in his approach to developing his game to achieve the pinnacle of golf. I admire his single mindedness and his efficient approach to the game. He did it his way." (Luke Donald)
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What we don't know even after reading Nick’s great book is what the correct golf swing feels like ... especially when we lose it. And we all lose it. And have the right answer customized based on what my body can do.
Since Nick digs in to the details of the golf swing and simplifies all the details … it would be fun to have a virtual Nick sitting in my iPhone coaching me all the time (range and on the course). I could finally learn how dial in the right swing that is right for me based on my body's limitation and then practice it (as opposed to throwing more and more tips into my noggin - new ones surely have to oppose other older ones). Then I could focus on working on how to optimize our body so we create a greater margin for error and more distance and control. Focus on the right ways and direction to strength and flexibility hitting 70 next month and extra distance turns back the age meter.
Faldo goes into both worlds - feel and analysis and does a nice job of integrating the two. Good intro book.
One thing I got right off the bat was seeing Nick's left shoulder moves forward more than down so he gets it back to his right knee. When I worked on this at the range yesterday .... all of a sudden I was hitting super shots - like 30 more yards for my 7 iron exactly on the intended line.
So from this first impression his images are as useful as his words. Now I want to get into this position with no muscles giving me feedback and telling me I can’t get there. Plus how to do this in total balance.
This brings us to the book itself. It contains many drills throughout the book that are intended to direct attention to particular parts of the swing. I am looking forward to warmer weather when I can go to the practice range and attempt to follow them with vigor. I must say, however, that I was somewhat disappointed in the section on driving. Mr. Faldo immediately jumps on the technology bandwagon and seems to become overly excited about electronic launch monitors and how great they can be for helping to diagnose a golf swing. Frankly, I don't have or want a launch monitor. I want to learn what a great shot feels like by observing the results of my swing and repeating what he is describing as keys to great play. After all, I can't carry a launch monitor around on the course with me, but I can imagine the kind of swing I want, and concentrate on key points.
Finally, useful tips are sprinkled throughout the entire book. Some of them come pre-highlighted in yellow, but these are not always what I would consider essential to my game. I plan to read the book at least two more times, each time with a different colored highlighter, and attempt to compile my own set of Faldo tips for the range and course.
All in all, I would guess this book would be a welcome gift to any golfer of any skill level.
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This a very good reesource to refresh or learn some vey important golf basics. Nick gives many tips to help the player reach key positions in the golf swing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by tiksuit
I purchased the original when it came out 20 years ago and the added video lessons, etc are a great bonus.Published 11 months ago by Kristopher
Faldo really put his heart and soul in this book. He really did a great job of telling us exactly what he did to make his swing successful, so that we could try and do it to. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gatorwest
This book gives the same attention to detail of both fundamental mechanics and sensations in performing them for the serious golfer willing to engage in such study that made Sir... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Neal Ganon
Great book and video, easy to understand, great to refresh swing thoughts on a ongoing basis, dropped my handicap from 12 to a 4 already in two months. Thanks ! Nick FaldoPublished 16 months ago by bill vincett