- Hardcover: 254 pages
- Publisher: Warde Pub Inc (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886346518
- ISBN-13: 978-1886346512
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding the Golf Swing Hardcover – June 1, 2001
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"Be prepared to read this book more than once. Be prepared to think about Manuel's profoudly simple ideas." -- From the book's Foreword by Carol Mann
"I knew the book was going to be good... destined to become a classic in golf instruction." -- Gary D'Amato, Golf Columnist, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 27, 2001
About the Author
Manuel de la Torre has twice been recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the top 100 golf professionals in America. He is typically described as todays leading authority on the Swing Principles method of instruction developed by the legendary golf instructor Ernest Jones.
Manuel de la Torre has been celebrated throughout his 50 year career as a passionate keeper of the golf instructional wisdom presented and made popular in the 1930s and 1940s by Ernest Jones. In fact, Manuels father. Angel de la Torre, himself the two-time Spanish Open golf champion, had met Ernest Jones at a tournament in England. When the two families settled in America Ernest Jones and Angel de la Torre became lifetime friends. Manuel literally grew up discussing the golf swing with his father and one of the games most celebrated instructors. These historical elements are presented in several meaningful appendices, including Manuels moving essay on the experience of leaving his homeland Spain as civil war broke out in 1936.
Manuel de la Torre was head golf profesional at the Milwaukee Country Club from 1951 to 1996. Manuel continues to conduct seminars for teaching professionals at the local, state and national levels. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The writing is excellent. In the early parts it seems like he's repeating himself a lot, but the point is deceptively subtle. Also, I feel like the illustrations could have been better. Admittedly I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but it took me a little while to digest the schematics of swing arcs, etc. I've been reading mixed messages about an accompanying video but I think it would help to visualize several parts.
Many years ago I read Ernest Jones' "Swing The Clubhead" and it was excellent and effective. But over the years I strayed. While recuperating with my new hip I discovered I'd misplaced it (the book, not the hip). However, DeLaTorre's book is a very worthwhile replacement.
It was really by accident that I got a hold of Manuel De La Torre's book. It caught my attention since he is basically a two planer, a more upright swinger. When I first read through the book skimming as I was going along I completely missed on how to swing the club. I had to go back again and look through the chapter index to find where it was. The whole section on the mechanics of the swing is very short, so short you might miss it like I did. Having been use to reading detailed descriptions on how to swing a golf club I was rather struck by how little he had to say. My first feeling was this book was a waste of my time. He spends, it seems, more time on grip than he does on how to swing the club
So I went back and read that little section on swinging the club. Made some practice swings and within a very short time felt for the first time what I felt was the way a golf swing should feel like. It was too simple. The genius behind this swing is just that. It is so simple that for most people the simplicity will be very difficult to deal with. They will try and throw all kinds of previous ideas or make their body work differently because the swing really can't be that simple. The remarkable thing about how he gets you to swing is the swing adapts to you, you don't adapt to the swing. So every person will have a different swing but that swing is his or her swing and that is why it is so magical.
I probably spent about 15 minutes practicing the swing in my living room and then read his entire book with out skiming this time. It is a simple read and goes by pretty quickly since he doesn't have a lot of detail you have to memorize. I went out to the golf range the next day but really not expecting a great deal. I often read a book and practice the swing in front of a mirror but find when you go and actually try and hit a ball it doesn't always translate like it should. My expectations were somewhat low but I made my first swing. It was a pull not bad but it was solid. My next one was also a pull then I remembered that section of faults but really it was just adhering to what little rules he had. My next shot was dead straight. I went from a 7 iron hitting all the way up to a driver. I was impressed, not by the way I was hitting but because it happened so fast. I felt confidence within a very short period and the swing felt like it was mine. My last swing change took 10 months of dedicated work and this one took one day most of it just reading the book.
Now I know some and maybe quite a few are going to try this and feel it is worthless. After reading 60 books and having over a dozen golf instructors in my golfing career I can only tell you this is the simplest and easiest swing I have ever tried. It may be difficult to get that feel. I found it almost instantly but once you feel that swing you won't need another book or another golf instructor again.