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Paul G. Schempp is the director of the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a professor. He has spent the last quarter century studying the development of expertise in sport and coaching. Schempp has designed performance programs for the Swedish Golf Federation and Mexican national golf teams. He has coached several champions on the PGA and European PGA professional golf tours, including Jesper Parnevik, Richard S. Johnson, Niclas Fasth, and Fredrik Jacobson. As a scientific consultant to Golf Digest, he was instrumental in selecting America s 50 Greatest Teachers. A longtime consultant for the PGA of America, Schempp helped redesign the PGA s professional certification programs for golf instructors. He has also served on the National Education Advisory Board for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Schempp's groundbreaking research has made him a sought-after keynote speaker for professional associations and corporate conferences committed to improving performance. Clients include the American Society for Training and Development, BASF Corporation, Buckhead Business Association, Club Corporation of America, Condé Nast Publications, General Electric, National Institute of Education (Singapore), Professional Golf Association of America, Society for Human Resource Management, the Swiss Soccer Federation, Vistage, and USA Track and Field. Schempp holds an EdD in human movement studies from Boston University and lives in Athens, Georgia. Peter Mattsson serves as the director of elite performance at the Swedish Sports Confederation. He served six years as the director of coaching for the English Golf Union, where he was instrumental in the development of the current National Coaching Programme structure. Before coming to England, Mattsson was the head coach for the Swedish national teams, a role he held from 1998 to 2005. He has coached Swedish teams and individual players at numerous European and World Amateur Championships at the World Cup and at professional events on the men s and women s tours. Mattsson holds a BEd in physical education and is currently studying sport science with a focus on golf. He resides in Stockholm, Sweden.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
“Golf, Steps to Success” is an excellent guide for all golfing levels ... 15 Oct. 2014
By D. Fowler - Published on
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Many members of my family are golfers. I well remember one wedding we went to when my entire car was dedicated to carrying golf clubs. Most of the relatives are pretty decent golfers, but one of them seems to be a natural. He seemingly walks into tournaments and walks out with the prize.

He may be a natural, but one thing I have noticed about him is that he continually works on his game. He instinctively knows where his problem areas are and tries to improve upon them. Golfing is a hobby he loves, but if he wants to enjoy it rather than be frustrated with his performance he wants to learn more about it.

At first when I looked a “Golf, Steps to Success,” I thought it was a tad simplistic. I’ve read some very detailed books and liked them. What’s different is the fact that this is a progressive book and one can actually work on their game and “score” his or her success.

This book “represents a compilation of the knowledge, skills, strategies, and drills [they] have used in working with successful golfers at all levels of the game.” Basically we’re looking at game form, appreciation, tactical awareness, decision making, skill execution, and performance. The book is a guide that will help in all these areas.

Each section helps the golfer to think about missteps and learn how to correct them. There are a lot of drills to work on problematic areas. One can choose the difficulty level by increasing or decreasing it. Suggestions are given for each one. After looking carefully, I decided that yes indeed, this book is an excellent guide for all golfing levels. It can be used by the beginner, the advanced golfer, or most certainly by the instructor.

The book is has numerous instructional, full-color photographs. The front of the book is perfect for the beginner with discussions from everything like equipment to keeping a scorecard and the basic rules. In the back there’s just a bit more encouragement in a chapter entitled “Continue to Improve.” Below I’ve listed some of the drills, an indicator of what you’ll be taking a look at in this book.


Putting Drills

Putting Stroke Drill 1: Preshot Routine
Putting Stroke Drill 2: Pendulum Progression
Putting Stroke Drill 3: Ball Position
Putting Stroke Drill 4: Two Clubs
Putting Stroke Drill 5: Distance Control
Putting Stroke Drill 6: Par-2 Golf Course
Putting Stroke Drill 7: Nautilus
Putting Stroke Drill 8: Geometry

Strategic Putting Drills:

Strategic Putting Drill 1: Hand-Putting
Strategic Putting Drill 2: Target Line
Strategic Putting Drill 3: Strategic Putting Minicourse
Strategic Putting Drill 4: Croquet Putting

Grip Drills:

Grip Drill 1: Get a Grip
Grip Drill 2: Coin
Grip Drill 3: Random Grip
Grip Drill 4: Pressure Test

Setup Drills:

Setup Drill 1: Intermediate Target
Setup Drill 2: Alignment
Setup Drill 3: Parallel Clubs
Setup Drill 4: Baseball
Setup Drill 5: Partner Evaluation

Setup Strategies:

Setup Strategy Drill 1: Target, Club, Shape
Setup Strategy Drill 2: Ball Position
Setup Strategy Drill 3: Straights, Fades, and Draws
Setup Strategy Drill 4: Called Shots

Chip Shot Drills:

Chip Shot Drill 1: Address
Chip Shot Drill 2: Pyramid
Chip Shot Drill 3: Club Chips
Chip Shot Drill 4: Hole in One
Chip Shot Drill 5: Three Clubs and Three Holes
Chip Shot Drill 6: Up and Down
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable to go in without a coach, but lacking as reference 24 Nov. 2014
By Eugene Tenenbaum - Published on
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ISBN 1450450024 (Golf: Steps to Success, 2nd ed.) is a well written and competent textbook not only for beginners, but for all who go in for golf without a coach. Its authors have the right mixture of experience and scientific knowledge well expressed in the text. It is very well illustrated in color by photos to guide posture, grip, body movements, etc., by hole plans with wind directions also for tactics and adjustments, equipment photos, and a table, easy to understand by non-professionals despite its apparent technicality, up to date, and - as such - it belongs in every public library. The book's simplicity and clarity are paramount.

Its 248 pages are clearly divided into 12 headed chapters called steps and long topics not headed, not included in the contents, nor thus easy to find. The topics are divided into short paragraphs, and contain highlights and summaries giving the book the properties of a handbook, but not as much of reference. So, after the initial reading it could be used for just browsing of only the important points, but with difficulty. It has boldfaced subtitles and bullet emphasized lists/summaries allowing to easier grasp the pages at 1st glance, though not a graphical masterpiece.

Approx. 30 pages of the book incl. the index are shown by the's "LOOK INSIDE!" function. What cannot be seen is that the book is well printed on good paper, and the soft covers are prone to creasing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great golf tips and instruction for all levels 11 Sept. 2014
By coachtim - Published on
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"Golf: Steps to Success" is a well-written, fundamentally sound instructional book that should appeal to both beginners and seasoned players. The book starts teaching about the swing from the shortest arch (putting) to the longest (drive). After helping the player with swing technique and basics about the game, instruction then moves to more specialized parts of the game such as bunker shots, uneven lies, club selection, and strategy.

Possibly the best feature of the book are the myriad drills that accompany each chapter and swing type. Even the most veteran player will find a drill or two that he or she has never used and will benefit from. Plenty of pictures are attached to each drill to help the player with visual aids.

All in all, this is an extremely solid instructional book that breaks the components of the game down in easy-to-understand, quickly referenced, tidbits of information and drills that will help every golfers game.
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Nicely Organized 25 July 2014
By PopeyeTa2 - Published on
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The Second Edition of Golf: Steps to Success by Paul G. Schempp and Peter Mattsson was a pleasant surprise for me. While I don’t typically like “how-to” books, this one was different. I believe this would be a good started manual for beginners as it is very concise, straight-forward, and well-organized. It covers everything from the basics - including the rules and etiquette of golf - to the more in-depth subjects - such as difficult situations and the mental aspects of the game. For the beginner and established players there are excellent drills, dozens of them, as well as very helpful charts to keep track of one’s own progress, abilities, and habits. I imagine I will be photocopying many of these charts to use regularly as I work toward a more well-rounded game. Rather than label yourself as a “Dummie” or “Idiot” (based on the book you buy), try this one instead!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Methodical Approach to Golf 29 July 2014
By Eleanor Ryan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Golf Steps to Success is a methodical approach to the game of golf. It would be useful to both a beginning golfer and a more advanced golfer. The book starts putting, then chipping, pitching and finally the full swing. Then it discussed difficult lies, rough and bunker play. A variety of drills are suggested for each shot. The book finished with a discussion of course strategy and management. Golf Steps to Success, as its title suggests, is a detailed, progressive approach to golf instruction.
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