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  • Misc. Supplies: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Box edition (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740763814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740763816
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 3.6 x 8.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you don't know the difference between a lob wedge and a lemon wedge, check out Golf for Dummies, by US TV commentator Gary McCord, one of the American game's most colourful--and knowledgeable--characters. It's a wonderful, often hilarious, never boring introduction to the game. Don't let the foreword by Kevin Costner or the afterword by Hootie and the Blowfish confuse the issue; this is a terrifically sound, easy-to-follow primer. McCord's crisp drill--yes, crisp drill--will revolutionise your swing, and your thinking, with overtones that could spill directly into off-the-course existence, as well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"...this new UK edition will be appreciated by any standard golfer..." (Birmingham Post, 17th December 2005) "If you′ve ever wanted to know more about golf or improve your game then this is your guide..." (The Fairway, No 107, Dec 05) “Does exactly what it says on the tin!” (Today′s Golfer, May 2008 ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scooby on 17 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read several of the for dummies books and they have all been very good. But this one i thought was very good the author is quite funny which is refreshing, plus it really did improve my game. But another great place for golf advice and tips is [...] check it out help me a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
As someone who is new to golf I need all the help I can get. I found the text very informative and easy to follow. The author's sense of humour make the read all the more enjoyable and he certainly doesn't mind admitting his own mistakes as an aid to help others learn.
Following the exercises and instructions in the book has helped me a lot and I can now hit the ball almost every time (getting it to go in the right place may take a little longer). The photos demonstrating the techniques are okay but would be better if they were perhaps in colour and some could be slightly larger (mind you this would probably put the cost up). Other than that I can't find any fault with the book at all.
I would reccommend this book to anyone (I have already) who wishes to improve their game. It addresses all the areas I need to cover and keeps me laughing when my entire game is falling apart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 16 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I thought this was an excellent introduction to golf, covering all aspects of the game, written in McCord's engaging style and with the typical For Dummies structure and layout. (I also recommend the DVD of the same name, but I don't think it's a substitute for the book).

It covers everything from those just thinking about getting into golf right through to what to expect if you find yourself in a Pro-Am game, playing a round with your boss or invited as a guest to an exclusive country club. The book tells you how to go about approaching taking up the game, making use of the driving range to build skill before you think about playing courses, when to consider buying equipment (not as soon as you may think), where to go for lessons and what types are available, where to obtain advice, and how to go about improving your game.

The book also goes into detail of the types of clubs and strokes, how to practice, how to navigate around the course and the types of gameplay, etiquette and the importance of integrity in a player, basic rules and rules of thumb. It gives you all the essentials, but it won't do the practice for you or give you the minimum level of fitness to walk around a 9- or 18-hole course. That's up to you.

Note: I think the UK Edition is largely a cosmetic makeover (currency conversion, some local references, etc) to appeal to the UK market. If you see another edition for less - particularly if it's on sale or second-hand - grab it, as you're unlikely to notice the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best golf book I've ever read. The author did a great job to help me find my weak points and adjust my posture of swing. Now I can swing much better. I also like the author's sense of humor. The best thing I found in this book is that what the author suggested are really work!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1997
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The only reason I would not give this book a 10 is I have not read all the golf books there are. Gary McCord suggests some other books that I will read in the future. In this book you gain a real desire to take up golf and learn to play correctly. Gary McCord makes you feel that with some work even you can have a good game of golf. You get to feel some of Gary's comical personality in this book. This is definately not a dry technical manual. And not only is it a very good learning tool, you will also find it very entertaining. When you start reading the book it will become very hard to put it down. I highly suggest this as a first book for beginning golfers as Gary has successfully taken the mystery out of golf. - John Holm - "A beginning golfer by my own admission."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
As someone who is new to golf I need all the help I can get. I found the text very informative and easy to follow. The author's sense of humour make the read all the more enjoyable and he certainly doesn't mind admitting his own mistakes as an aid to help others learn.
Following the exercises and instructions in the book has helped me a lot and I can now hit the ball almost every time (getting it to go in the right place may take a little longer). The photos demonstrating the techniques are okay but would be better if they were perhaps in colour and some could be slightly larger (mind you this would probably put the cost up). Other than that I can't find any fault with the book at all.
I would reccommend this book to anyone (I have already) who wishes to improve their game. It addresses all the areas I need to cover and keeps me laughing when my entire game is falling apart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
As a new golfer, this book was very informative and well written. For someone that does not know that much about the game of golf, or just learning, it takes you through the game and thoroughly tells you about it in a language you can understand. I know my game has improved and I believe this book has helped! Thank You!!
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The 'For Dummies' series' trademark, as the title suggests, has always been its ability to strip a given subject to its bare bones and teach you in manageable spoonfuls. However, this title, from the off, talks to you as if you're already highly familiar with the game. I wasn't. As a result, I found this manual alienating and confusing.

Don't get me wrong. Gary McCord is a genial fellow who attempts to inject humour into his teachings. But if I wanted a laugh I'd have bought a copy of 'Viz'. I wanted, in earnest, to learn golf, to unlock the secrets of a sound swing. In a fashion the book did that, but it was so self-indulgently written - replete with winding anecdotes and name-dropping - that the instructions seemed to lose their way amid the onslaught of the author's fond recollections.

I'm not entirely sure which version I read, the American or UK, but I was put off by the largely American references and mindset. There is a lengthy section on country club etiquette that I found wholly irrelevent - after all, I wanted to learn the game of golf, not whether I should put on my golf shoes in the car park or before I arrive. This endless pertaining to golf's niceties, in my view, only re-enforced the snobbish, closed-club image of the game I partly harboured. After this, I still do.

Overall, this book will teach you a thing or two about golf. That's its purpose, after all. But the self-serving tone, along with the tiny, grainy illustrations, will I think cause some readers a mote of irritation. Just to note, however, I've read many other books in this series and found them all excellent.
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