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The Timeless Swing Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“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.”
“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."
“This book will definitely teach you how to play better golf, but keeping the same handicap will be up to your own sly self.”
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is highly recommended for both beginner and seasoned player. As would be expected from a book authored by Tom Watson, it is well-written and easy to understand. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Howard Hayden
This book is timeless Tom Watson. If you get a swing like his, you'll have some great golf for many, many years.
On the minus side, I think it's not a book for newbies.
The book delivers what it promises. Very good diagrams explained in a manner that is easy to understand. Very good tips and drills as well.Published 7 months ago by Cat Lover
Maybe the best golf instruction book I have read. Using it to help my son who is new to the game, understand the swing. Very easy to understand. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Norman Chadwick
This rating would have been higher if I could access the embedded videos which was one of the features that attracted to purchase this e-book (Kindle Fire user)Published 12 months ago by Bubbaflash
This book was very helpful. Great pictures and great written instruction. The illustrations are in color and large. Best illustration of the grip I have ever seen. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bob Cain