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Gary McCord
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15 April 1999 For Dummies
Golf is a simple game. You have a bunch of clubs and a ball. You have to hit the ball with a club into a series of holes laid out in the middle of a large, grassy field. As simple as it is, many people believe golf is the hardest game in the world. If you’re like most golfers, you play the sport for fun, relaxation, and a chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, or Tiger Woods, you get to do all that – and make a gazillion dollars to boot!

Golf for Dummies, 2nd Edition, is a valuable tool for men and women of all ages who want to know more about golf or improve their game. Whether you’re new to golf or a long–time duffer, this updated version of the bestselling guide will get you into the swing of things by helping you to:

  • Master grip, stance, and swing
  • Fix common faults
  • Improve your putting
  • Know the score on rules and etiquette
  • Take advantage of high–tech equipment
  • Shape up with golf–specific exercises

Discover how to take strokes off your game by improving the technique of your swing with step–by–step photos. Then master the all important putt to even better your score. Golf For Dummies, 2nd Edition, also covers the following topics and more:

  • How to choose your golf balls and clubs
  • Getting and staying in golf shape
  • Getting the most from your lessons
  • Where to play and who to play with
  • Developing your own swing
  • Putting, chipping, and pitching
  • Special shots, conditions, and considerations

Author and CBS television golf analyst Gary McCord is a PGA Senior Tour champion and a golf instructor to many celebrities.



Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (15 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551468
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,474 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.

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Help full book even for a dummy 17 May 2007
By Scooby
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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest golf book for everyone 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes you want to "Just do it"! 4 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! 24 Aug 1997
By A Customer
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment. 12 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was expecting a book with good helpful tips for learning how to play this game. I tired of reading about all the tournaments the author had been in or who he knew in the golf world. Half the book was wasted on golf information that have no place in an instructional manual. Some factoids were interesting, most were trivia. A big disappointment--I would not recommend it to the beginning golfer. Most of the book is a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro providing all the basics 16 May 2010
By Matt
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf for Dummies
When taking up golf - this is a really useful book to start off with as it gives you all sorts of useful information to get you started. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kelleher
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise compendium for sufferers of all abilities
I like the layout of the 'For Dummies' series and this is a worthy addition to that canon. McCord's style is to leven the wisdom with a
dose of humour and this makes for an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Nawab of Pitullie
5.0 out of 5 stars review
This is an excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who is starting out playing golf. It has loads of tips on technique and rules of the game.
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly disappointing
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. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Paul Eccles
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf For Dummies
Bought this book for my son-in-law for Christmans 2010. Confident he will find this book both entertaining and informative for many years to come.
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Ann Old'n
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good at first glance!
Pressie for the boyfriend, had a quick flick through and looks very informative. Good diagrams, notes etc. Great all-round golf book for under 10.
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by Only_Me
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Not really worth buying, you would be better off just buying the 7-in-1 golf tool on eBay as the small booklet and reference cards are very very basic and offer no real guidance... Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by Mr. C. Green
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
This was the first book and DVD set I bought about golf. I was more disappointed
with the time I spent with this set as I learned more about golf from other sources
One... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2010 by M. Gur
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf for dummies
These little boxes make great prizes for tournaments for beginning golfers. They are cheap, contain a usefull tool, and a quick reference card which is usefull for someone starting... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by JHvW
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf for Dummies... GENIUS!
Wasn't particularly new to golf. Bought this for clarity on certain points, It is really comprehensive, you'll learn loads.
It's actually a really god read, quite funny too. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2009 by Philip Raw
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