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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (December 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076790236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swing Like a Pro does an excellent job of explaining the teaching system Dr. Mann created and that has been used for many years at the golf school where co-author Fred Griffin teaches. As a former student at that school (whose handicap has dropped from 11 to 5 since attending)I read the book as someone who already believed in the value of their research. After some interesting and easy to read background information from the two authors the serious work begins. Readers have to be prepared to focus on a detailed examination of the mechanics of every aspect of the golf swing. As a result, this book is not a simple or relaxing read. It also needs to be read when you can get up periodically and take a few swings with a real club (don't buy this to read on an airplane!).
For the serious golfer (and probably for golf teachers as well) the information provided here is great. So many things that I have been told by various teachers over the years became understandable as I made my way through the book. I needed every evening for a week to get through it all along with a few trips to my local driving range. There has not been time to apply all that I have learned on the course yet but so far it has brought me to a new level of understanding of what a good golf swing is all about.
After playing a few rounds I will send in an update to indicate how much this book actually helped. In the meantime, it is an excellent but very detailed explaination of a teaching system that has worked for me and a number of others that have gone to one of the CompuSport schools on my recomendation.
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i have been a serious student of the game for 26 years. i have read most every classic golf instruction book and taken many lessons over the years. this is the most helpful golf book i have ever read. it has put all the pieces together in a way that finally makes perfect sense. it is a pleasure to feel such confidence and conviction as i practice what i have learned. i have asked difficult questions of top players and teachers over the years and until now could not get satifactory answers. the value of this book lies in the author's ability to help a reader understand why some swing mechanics are truly important, and (just as important) why many other classic instruction points are unimportant or dead wrong. the book is based on measurable scientific fact and conclusion, not opinion. i think this book will become the classic golf instruction book of our time. enjoy!
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If I had to recommend one book on the golf swing, this would be it hands down. I've read most of what's out there, and this is the first one that explains the mechanics of the transition and downswing in a manner that is both detailed and understandable (I can't agree with Amazon's reviewer who calls this "technically complex" and "dry"--and I'm a high handicapper who has only been playing for a few years). In fact, the crowning achievement of the book is that it takes somewhat technical material on the golf swing, from start to finish, and makes it easy to understand. The illustrations and drills are excellent, also. I have also purchased the CD-Rom, which can be found on Compusport's website, and it is an excellent product as well, featuring many informative animations. I could have saved a lot of money on golf books if this one had come out earlier. If you are seriously interested in understanding and improving your swing, you won't find a better place to start than here! By the way, the first couple of reviews posted at this site give excellent descriptions of the book--I won't attempt to improve on them (be sure and read them at the bottom of the list of reviews).
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The swing presented in this book is based on an in-depth, scientific analysis of the swings of over 100 PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tour players. Of course, no two swings were exactly alike. However, this book stresses the common traits present in the majority of the swings and combines them into the "ideal" swing of the Pro.
I noticed right off the bat that Tiger Woods was not on the list. However, the authors of the book have gone back since the writing of this book and compared Tiger's swing to that of the Pro. As it turns out, his swing is closer to that of the Pro than any other swing they have analyzed. Maybe that explains why he is the #1 golfer in the world.
I've read many books on the full swing written by people like Jack Nicklaus, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and Greg Norman. This book breaks the swing down into its basic elements with easy to understand text and detailed pictures better than any other book I've read. It also identifies common faults that can occur during each stage of the swing and provides drills to eliminate these faults.
To supplement the information in the book, I highly recommend purchasing the Screen Saver at the ModelGolf web site. It shows the swing of the Pro in motion from several angles with the driver, 2 iron, 5 iron and 9 iron. It's one thing to read about the swing and look at pictures but if you really want to take it to the next level, there's nothing like watching the Pro's perfect swing over and over at full speed, in slow motion or frame-by-frame. If you want to see the Pro swing before you purchase either the book or the Screen Saver, you can download a free version of the Screen Saver from the web site that contains two sample swings.
Don't expect to read this book to find the magic cure to fix your swing.
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