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"The influence of Byron Nelson and other great mentors helped Tom Watson develop a swing that has won dozens of times. That adds up to a book that will help you if you help yourself by reading it and practicing what it teaches."
—Phil Mickelson

“Tom’s swing through the years has looked the same but has changed for the better. He still makes a wonderful full turn. What he did in the 2009 Open Championship was truly unbelievable. Tom is one of the game’s great champions and a super guy.”
—Butch Harmon

“Tom Watson has always ferociously lived a golfing life of self-improvement. We might not have his talent, or his burning desire, but with The Timeless Swing we can now have his wisdom and perspective. Perhaps no one has worked harder to figure out what makes for success in this wicked game.”
—Jimmy Roberts

“Tom Watson’s swing has been and continues to be the epitome of the adjectives timeless and consistent. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch, learn, and play against such a simple but most effective, efficient, and successful swing, which has lasted for decades.”
—Greg Norman

“If you are going to try to find a golf swing that will make you a better player now and for years to come, who better to learn from than Tom Watson?”
—John Feinstein

“Tom Watson has a very basic golf swing, nothing fancy or complicated, so his instruction and observations on these pages will be easy to absorb and adapt to the talents of all players. He is a strong player, thanks to his outstanding golf swing.”
—Arnold Palmer

“I've known Tom since he was fifteen years old, and watched his swing develop into one of the most enduring in golf. He knows how he did it and has a wonderful ability to communicate it."
—Jim Hardy

“This book will definitely teach you how to play better golf, but keeping the same handicap will be up to your own sly self.”
—Dan Jenkins

About the Author

Tom Watson, a member of the PGA World Hall of Fame, was named PGA Player of the Year six times and currently ranks sixth on the list of major championship victories, with eight. A devoted teacher of the game, he is a bestselling author whose popular monthly articles have appeared in Golf Digest magazine for more than thirty years. Watson lives with his wife, Hilary, on their farm near Kansas City, Kansas. Visit him online at tomwatson.com.

Nick Seitz was editorial director at Golf Digest before becoming the magazine’s editor at large. He has won numerous sportswriting and lifetime achievement awards, and his work has been anthologized in the annual series Best Sports Stories a dozen times. He is Tom Watson’s longtime collaborator.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194836
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my husband after hearing about it on a satellite radio golf show. One of the draws was that the book gave the reder access to videos that complemented and illustrated the topics and techniques in each chapter. When I got the book, imagine my disappointment to learn (after the fact) that the videos are only accessible through the use of a smart phone! We do not have a smart phone and do not plan on getting one in the near future so we are missing out on one of the features that convinced me to buy this book in the first place. I think that the authors/publishers should let the buying public know ahead of time that only smart phone owners have access to the videos. Nothing was mentioned on the radio show and there was nothing in Amazon's written description that forewarned potential customers. I am sure my husband will still enjoy the book, but not to the extent that was intended.
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I would agree with the sentiments of one reviewer above. I purchased the book mainly because I am a big Tom Watson fan and the instruction in the book is good, but I would have liked to have seen the videos. I have Kindle PC and Kindle for Android and neither support the embedded video. One of the main selling points is the use of the videos to illustrate key points, so Amazon should make buyers aware that the videos are not supported on all Kindle applications.
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I have always been a fan of Tom Watson. He has provided us with a lot of beautiful and exciting golf over the years and from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s he won two Masters, a US Open, and FIVE (count `em) Open Championships (the so-called British Open). He is among the all-time golf elite. My first set of new clubs was the Ram Investors he endorsed during these years. They were good clubs and I liked them. I chose them over the Ping-Eye 2s and I couldn't afford Nicklaus's MacGregors. I still have them, actually. Watson was a brilliant short game player and I have used the teachings from his book on the short game for decades.

Now he provides us with a beautiful book on the full swing. He has been telling folks about the breakthrough he came to in his swing that has rejuvenated his game and got him as close as you can get to winning as 6th Open Championship without actually getting the claret jug. I was among the billion people (or more) rooting for this great golfer and that courageous and brilliant effort.

The golf swing is a very complex and demanding use of the human body that requires an intricate sequencing of muscles and balance that must be done in one smooth motion. But this is all controlled in the golfer's mind. You simply must have a strong mental image of how the swing works and what it feels like. That is the purpose of a book like this. To prepare and develop one's mind with the right images, the right understanding of what you are after, and to provide techniques and exercises that can help you develop the feel for the right way to accomplish and effective and repeatable swing.

This book has terrific pictures by Dom Furore of Tom Watson performing all the things he wants you to understand.
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I have been playing golf for 47 years. I have taken countless lessons. I have hit tens of thousands of golf balls. I have purchased 41 sets of new golf clubs in a vain attempt to buy a golf swing. I have read just about every golf instruction book ever written. Suffice it to say, I am a golf junkie - especially when it comes to acquiring knowledge of the golf swing. I write this Review with the strongest conviction that none of the books I have read can hold a candle to Mr. Watson's book. "The Timeless Swing" is not only technically correct, it is well written. In other words, after reading the book you are not left guessing what the author meant to convey. Instead, the text is clear, the photographs are fantastic and the reader can readily understand the entire instruction. It's all there from Grip to full swing to how to play certain types of shots. The best part is you can take the knowledge to the driving range and EVERYTHING MR.WATSON WRITES WORKS! Mr. Watson's book is brilliant and the work of a genius. You would have to be mad at yourself to not buy this book on Amazon.com. In fact, now that I know how good the book is I would have paid 20 times more for it if required! Incidentally, after reading the book I purchased on Amazon.com Mr. Watson's DVD, "Lessons of a Lifetime". Believe it or not, the DVD set of two disks is even BETTER than the book and that's saying a lot because the book is the greatest. My recommendation is to buy both the book and the DVD set.
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Tom Watson not only has a timeless swing, he's written a timeless instruction book, too. He and collaborator Nick Seitz (along with photographer Dom Furore) have produced a collection of straightforward, clearly illustrated concepts that will help golfers of all levels. It's all packaged in a clean, clever design that makes it a pleasure to thumb through as well as read.

Watson's style as an instructor mirrors his style of play. There's no double-talk or jargon; no overlap between knowledge and ego. Watson tells you how to play the game in no uncertain terms. He takes his own swing apart for you, explains how it works, and shows you how to make it work for your game.

The first two concepts, how to find the bottom of the swing arc and how to set and maintain your spine angle from address through impact, form the basis for everything from the grip to the follow-through. It's easy to understand--and remember--what you should do when it's related in that way.

Once Watson gets past the basics, he spends the last half of the book explaining how to apply them in different circumstances for maximum effect. Beginning with Chapter 4, "Be A Shotmaker," he shows how to control and maneuver the ball. The illustrations are particularly useful in understanding how to draw or fade the ball on command as well as how to hit it high, low, or with just the right amount of backspin. The player who takes these lessons to heart--and practices them diligently--will distance himself from the competition.

For those of us of a certain age, Watson includes a great chapter titled "Swing Younger." He begins by telling the reader how he hits the ball farther himself, then gives seven simple techniques that will help you bomb it like the big boys, too.
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