Play Better Golf takes an innovative, holistic approach to improving your golf game. By focusing on all aspects the game - technical, mental, physical and competitive - as well as building on your own strengths you will improve your scores and take your game to the next level. Easy-to-follow text, step-by-step instructions supported by clear photographic swing sequences and detailed illustrations make this the most accessible and comprehensive instruction handbook available. Contents include:Learning from the great players, The mental game, Putting, Short game, Swing, Getting out of trouble, Fitness, Equipment, Practice, Course management, Great courses and how to play them, The rules. Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your game to the limit, Colin Howe and his team of experts make Play Better Golf the indispensable guide for golfers of all levels of skill.
Colin Howe is a PGA approved instructor and Director of the Goodwood Scholarship Programme. The Goodwood Programme is a ground-breaking scholarship scheme designed to develop and define the talent of young golfers with a view to producing the champions of tomorrow.
Introduction. Great players and what we can learn from them: Bobby Jones; Sam Snead; Ben Hogan; Babe Zaharias; Arnold Palmer; Gary Player; Jack Nicklaus; Nick Faldo; Annika Sorenstam; Tiger Woods. The mind game: Mind game?; Motivation; Idolization; Your approach; Off-course practice; Manage your game 1; Manage your game 2. Putting: Thinking about basics; The set-up; The stroke; Movement dynamics; Ball motion; The perfect putt. The short game: Use your imagination; The pitch shot; The chip shot; The bump and run; The lob shot; Executing your shots. The swing: Myth of the swing; The grip; Alignment; Stance and posture; Weight transfer; Swing plane; Impact; Shaping the shot; Feel, set-up and execution. Out of trouble: Out of the rough; Tress and obstacles; Shots off slopes; Poor conditions; Out of traps. Fit for golf: Back to basics; Aerobic endurance; Muscular fitness; Nutrition; Training programs; Golf exercises 1; Golf exercises 2; Golf exercises 3. Equipment: Buying new clubs; Bags and trolleys; Woods selection; Irons; Wedges; Putters; Putters and balls; Other equipment; What to wear. Practice: Mental drill; Putting; The short game; The swing; On the course; Plan your practice. Course management: Think afresh; Reactive targeting; Attack point; Handrailing; Aiming off; Distance awareness; Course review. Great courses and how to play them: Augusta National; Gleneagles; Les Bordes; Muirfield Village; Pebble Beach; Pine Valley; Royal Melbourne; Sun City; St Andrews; Winged Foot. Know the rules better: On the tee; Lost and unplayable!; Can't play the ball?; Don't get penalized; Take extra care; On the green. Reference. Glossary. Index. Acknowledgments.