101 Essential Tips: Golf

101 Essential Tips: Golf

by Peter Ballingall, Marlena Spieler


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From choosing the right equipment to perfecting your swing, this useful and authoritative guide covers everything there is to know about golf. Every aspect of the game is covered, in 101 concise and clear units.
Advice ranges from details about every aspect of your game—grip, swing, visualizing the course, setting your feet in varied terrain—to broader subjects like proper clothing, scorekeeping, and course etiquette. You’ll learn to act like a pro as well as play like one.
Author Peter Ballingall has been teaching golf for decades and is the founder of Peter Ballingall Golf Schools, an international franchise. It distills his extensive experience into a distinct set of accessible lessons, so you can spend less time reading and more time working on your game. The book itself is small and portable, so you can easily take it with you onto the course and refer to it whenever you need to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756602222
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: 101 Essential Tips Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 348,965
Product dimensions: 4.94(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Clothing & Equipment8
A sure footing1
Gloves for grip2
Golf mittens3
Correct clothes5
Umbrella choice6
Wet weather care7
The small essentials8
Best beginner's set9
Cast or forged irons?10
Wooden or metal woods?11
Which shaft flex?12
Check that the clubs fit13
Putter preferences14
Sweet spot marker15
Which ball?16
Marking a ball17
Keeping grips clean18
Keeping grooves clean19
How to buy used clubs20
Selecting a bag21
Understanding Basic Grips22
The overlapping grip22
Interlocking method23
Two-handed (baseball) method24
Grip test25
Swing with Success35
The swing plane42
Relaxed & ready43
Spring loading44
Top of backswing45
Forward swing46
A balanced finish47
Which wedge?48
Pitch & spin49
Pitching a tee50
Brushing grass51
Wristband drill52
Perfecting your bunker escape53
Securing a firm base in sand54
Buried in sand55
Gliding a tee56
Don't use force in the bunker57
Keeping hips still58
Arching the wrists59
Hinging from the hips60
How to putt downhill61
Preparing to putt62
The putt swing path63
Dealing with putting distance64
Seeing the butt65
Finding a primary target66
Pacing it right67
Thinking triangles68
Control on the Course48
Maintaining your balance uphill69
Uphill recovery70
Downhill play71
Ball above stance72
Right of center73
Ball below stance74
Restricted swing75
Fading the ball76
Drawing the ball77
Varying the tee78
Driving in windy conditions79
In the rough80
Strengths & Weaknesses55
Strengthening your wrists81
Visualize success82
Act like a pro83
Memorize the swing's image84
Change-hands drill85
Upside-down umbrella86
Tire testing87
Swinging with no arms88
Shoulder & waist warmup89
Loosening the back90
Practice putting green91
Knowing your distance92
Remember your yardage93
Driving range94
Playing the Game64
Knowing the golf course95
Understanding your scorecard96
Playing by the rules97
Tending the flag correctly98
Essential etiquette99
Obtaining a handicap100
Working out your score101

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