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Swing Like a Pro: The Breakthrough Scientific Method of Perfecting Your Golf Swing Hardcover – December 29, 1998
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Golfers, as a breed, are willing to pry their unwilling bodies into any ungodly position if they think it will help their game, even more so if that position mirrors the languid power of, say, Sam Snead's, Fred Couples's, Payne Stewart's, or Tiger Woods's. Swing like a Pro tees up a new model, a computer-generated composite of more than 100 swings of the world's best golfers. The theory behind it is to isolate and emphasize those parts of the swings that all good swings have in common--the parts that every golfer, regardless of the entirety of motion, can adapt to his or her own. While the theory may be sound, the presentation is technically complex, as dry as a pot bunker on an August afternoon. If you already play the game, this may help shave a few strokes. If you're just starting out, head back to the range for a lesson. --Jeff Silverman
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This book is the result of 17 years of research on the mechanics of the golf swing. The objective was to determine how the professionals make the swing look so simple, when in reality, according to the authors, it is a complex series of motions: the setup, the grip, the backswing, the downswing. Mann, an expert in biomechanics and founder of CompuSport, and golf pro Griffin have developed a composite of over 100 of the world's top golfers, creating a computer-generated image?a virtual golf pro?that is featured throughout the book. Easy to read and with an assortment of photos, Swing Like a Pro is a useful reference source golfers will enjoy.?LarryLittle, Penticton P.L., BC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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However, if you want to learn what makes for a good golf swing and why, if you want to perfect your swing, and if you are willing to put the work in, than this is definitely the book for you. I have read about 35 books on the details of the full golf swing -- most written by famous touring and teaching pros, past and present. "Swing Like a Pro," impresses me as the best of the lot.
Every time I have read this book, I've learned things that I never noticed before. I have read it at least 25 times, now (I quit counting at 20). My long game has vastly improved and I understand why. I've come to refer to this book as my own personal pro. But it's not a book for the faint of heart.
Many previous reviewers have already done an excellent job of describing the nitty gritty of this book. So, see the high-rated reviews for that.
Wish I could say my short game has improved as much as my long game, but the short game is not what this book is about.
I have read other books such as "5 Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf" by Hogan, "The 8 Step Swing" by Jim McLean, "The LAWs of the Golf Swing" by Adams and Tomasi, "Total Golf" by Adams and Tomasi, "7 laws of the golf swing" by Nick Bradley, "The Plane Truth for Golfers" by Hardy and other books covering topics such as Natural Golf.
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
MCLEAN'S EIGHT STEP SWING - Book
The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing
The LAWs of the Golf Swing: Body-Type Your Golf Swing and Master Your Game
Total Golf: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Golf and Golf Instruction Mike Adams, T.J. Tomasi, and Kathryn Maloney
Natural Golf Swing
The Plane Truth for Golfers
Search For The Perfect Swing: The Proven Scientific Approach To Fundamentaly Improving Your Game
I have watched several videos that teach the fundamentals of the full swing:
Dvd-8 Step Swing With Jim Mccl - Golf Multimedia
Golf Channel - Ben Hogan: The Golf Swing
For the past couple of years, I have read about the key elements which each golf instruction has given me. Reading this book is very similar in theory to Hogan's 5 Lessons and McLean's 8 Step Swing.
Each chapter covers the fundamentals of the full swing such as grip, setup, backswing, transition, top of the swing, downswing, impact, follow through, tempo, and swinging like a pro. The chapters give a vignette about each phase of the swing, describe the author's ideals, pitfalls, myths. At the end of each chapter, the author outlines drills on how to groove each phase of the swing. This is similar to the 8 Step Swing format by McLean. The illustrations are in gray scale with photographs and computer renditions of "the Pro" however, there is a relative paucity of illustrations in relation to the amount of text you are reading. The advantage of this book is that illustrations show the face on and rear perspectives in parallel.
There are some nuances that they cover in the golf swing such as the transition and ball position that are covered in more detail than other instruction books. There are many salient points worth reading this book for the knowledge of the secret of what appears to be an effortless swing.
This is more technical detail that would confound a novice/beginner. However, it is still an excellent book to fine tune your full golf swing. This book is complementary to the other books I have mentioned and complementary to instruction by a Golf Instructor.
For the intermediate and advanced golfer who has a grooved swing, this book is worthy of consideration.