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Positive Impact Golf: Inspiring Golfers To Liberate Their Potential Paperback – 26 Apr 2010


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (26 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144904123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449041236
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Sparks is a 58 year-old PGA Golf Professional who has enjoyed much success helping golfers since giving his first lesson in 1967. This was on his second day at work as a 16 year-old assistant and he has given over 50,000 lessons in his career to date. He played the European and Safari Circuits in the early 1970s, has been a Club Pro, Teaching Pro and General Manager at clubs in UK and in France. He is also a qualified 'Performance Coach.' His wide experience, aligned to an open and questioning mind, has led him to a remarkably simple concept for playing the game. In an effort to change the way golfers learn and the way golf is taught, he founded 'Positive Impact Golf' in 2006.

He played the first year of his golf in peaceful ignorance of swing technique during which time he made rapid progress. After a year he became an Assistant Golf Pro and started to learn about the detail of developing a good technical swing. From being able to play without knowing how to do it after one year he went through this learning period only to come out of it 2 years later not knowing how to play anymore!  He goes on to tell how he took the false route of looking for technical solutions imagining that he had developed dramatic faults only to discover many years later that the better path would have been to return to a natural and thought-free way of playing the game.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David R. Meakin on 31 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this marvellous book by Brian Sparks;who unusually for a golf coach/author is British.I probably have over 40 golfing manuals and most are written by American authors.This book is more akin to Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possibleby Fred Shoemaker,than Swing Like a Pro: The Breakthrough Scientific Method of Perfecting Your Golf Swingby Ralph Mann and Fred Griffin.Brian Sparks has distilled the wisdom of 40 years as a golf pro and coach into a delightful and easily read 200 pages.

Brian Sparks describes the essentials of the golf swing as La Danse du Golf;as he formulated many of his ideas as a coach in France.The basics of La Danse du Golf include,Turning,Weight Shift,Rhythm,Balance,Coordination and Souplesse.He describes what he means by these terms by reference to stories and anecdotes,many of which are charming tales in their own right.He is very critical about the direction of golf instruction has taken in Britain and elsewhere in the world.He illustrates ,again with stories the destructive effect of a mechanistic approach to golf where golfers are encouraged to act like players going through various phases of time lapse photography and trying to create difficult grip angles and painful body torques.He explains why most of us would be better off dumping the tension we have been encouraged to adopt in our swing and adopting softer arms,more foot movement and allowing''heaven forbid'' the head to move within the body turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy McGregor on 9 Jun 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book has not been converted correctly for the Kindle as it has words missing or incomplete and you have to work it out for your self
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HW on 29 Aug 2012
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The Kindle version has surely been proofread by a 6 year old, or not at all.
Glaring typos appear at least twice on every page and your eye tends to be consistently drawn to these rather than the text.
Though I was trying to enjoy what was being written, it makes for painful reading... on a Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Eastwell - Norfolk on 7 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I must thank Brian Sparks and "La Danse du Golf" for reintroducing enjoyment back into my golf. Giving me less to think about, the natural ingredients of 'La Danse' have enabled me to comfortably strike the ball without too much thought or effort. I am still surprised that a reduction in 'essential techniques' should make such a marked improvement to my game. But it does make so much sense. Thank you Brian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. H. A. Nairn on 23 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
Having spent my earlier years playing 'at golf' whilst trying to earn a living, and getting nowhere it is now a tremendous relief to discover it wasn't all my fault that the game was so difficult. I now understand the basics of the 'danse du golf' from reading the book and watching the video of Brian's swing and golf has been transformed into a pleasure to be enjoyed and not simply endured. The basic philosophy of the 'le danse' is in my view applicable to life in general and therefore is easy to relate to golf. Self awareness and tuning into my own potential by letting go of the restrictions previously taught by tradition methods has been a revelation. As I write, i have just returned from 18 holes in a pretty difficult course which a played fairly well in terms of scoring; but the real pay off is the pleasure i derived from playing in relaxed manner with a far greate degree of confidence. By the way i have only bought my own set of clubs within the last 2 years, and I am 72 years old so there's hope for everyone. Thank you Brian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By safc73 on 8 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
A totaly different approach to both golf swing and thought train
Well worth a read and some experimentation, results are stunning and the enjoyment factor increased ten fold.
author deserves a meadal for having the courage to blow away the myths and mumbo jumbo, the book is writen in a style anyone outside the worl top 100 golfers can relate to
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