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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312354819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312354817
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for "The Impact Zone" "I had played many times against Bobby on the PGA Tour and was always impressed with his in-depth approach to the golf swing. But after working with him at CBS for several years, I have come to understand why. "The Impact Zone" will reveal to the golf world Bobby's unique insight as to why so many different 'styled' golf swings work. God knows my swing isn't one the named teachers are having their students copy, but it was good enough to win twenty-one PGA Tour events and the '77 PGA Championship. It's about time someone finally put in print to refute the myths about 'style of swing' and get down to the meat of the matter--impact! It's no surprise to me that Bobby was the one to get it done right!"--Lanny Wadkins, lead golf analyst for CBS Sports "It's great for all golfers that someone has finally structured an instruction book around dynamic impact. Nor does it surprise me that Bobby Clampett is the one to have done it. He is as good a student of the game as I've ever known. What's more, he was a great player in his day, and his journey as he struggled with his swing, as well as his experience as a commentator and observer of the contemporary game, qualifies him more than most as a teacher to whom all interested in improving their golf games should listen. I know I will. His unique perspective will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the golf world for years to come." --Johnny Miller, lead golf analyst for NBC Sports and author of "I Call the Shots" "Back when we were both in college, Bobby was a boy genius in golf. For fifteen years as his colleague at CBS, I have continued to be amazed by his comprehensive knowledge of the golf swing. He remains as erudite about the technical nuances of the game as anyone on the planet, and I am thrilled he is now sharing his expertise with the rest of the world!" --Jim Nantz, CBS Sports golf anchor "Bobby Clampett is a true and loyal friend as well as one of the most knowledgeable golfing minds in the game. He has always known that the strike is what matters most. What the swing looks like is really of no concern; the quality of the impact between club and ball is the heart of the matter."--Tom Lehman, 1996 British Open Champion and 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team captain

About the Author

A native of Carmel, California, Bobby Clampett turned professional in 1980 after one of the finest amateur careers in American golf history. The two-time California State Amateur Champion, World Amateur Champion, and low amateur in both the 1978 U.S. Open and the 1979 Masters, Bobby was a two-time winner of the Fred Haskins Award while in college at Brigham Young University. As a member of the PGA Tour, he won the 1982 Southern Open, and in 1984 became the Tour's youngest player to exceed $500,000 in career earnings. In 1991, he joined the CBS Sports and TNT Sports golf broadcast teams, where he continues today. He is returning to competition while pursuing his interests in golf course architecture, aviation, Bible Study, and charity work. He also is a sought-after speaker and host at corporate outings and clinics. He lives with his wife and children in Raleigh, North Carolina. Andy Brumer has written for most of golf's major magazines, including "Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Travel and Leisure Golf, Links Magazine, Golfweek, "and others. He has been editor of "Golf Tips" and "Petersen's Golfing, " and is the author of the book "Guide to the Golf Revolution: How Technology Is Driving the Game" and a forthcoming book of essays titled "The Poetics of Golf." He competed on the Rutgers University golf team and presently plays to a 2 handicap. He lives in Alhambra, California.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cliente de Amazon on 7 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know why your ball striking is not as good as it should after having read and applied many books and methods this is your book. It concentrates in the real moment of truth -IMPACT- and the real fundamentals for great ball striking (flat left wrist at impact, forward swing bottom, loading, lagging and swing plane). No matter how your swing looks, what really matter is to do all these stages correctly. This is why different tour pros have different swing types (flat, upright, arms, body, hips, rotational) but all they make incredibles shots. The five things all they have in common are the real ESSENTIALS of the swing. This book is like a simplified version of "The Golfing Machine" for dummies: it explains easily the essentials and makes a funny time reading the whole book.

If you want my recommendation: I encourage you to read this book. You will never regret of it, and your scores will improve quickly. Just the use of the Aiming Point Technique will get solid ball contact and improve your game tremendously.

If you want to read more reviews search inside : I don't understand why this book have 37 excellent reviews in the US website and in the European Amazon website this is the first one. This is what encouraged me to write this comment. Hope this help
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pavlov's Dog on 3 Oct. 2010
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I think this book has just missed out on being an all time classic.

It's evident when attending any professional golf event that there are lots of ways to get the job done in terms of The Golf Swing.
Flat, Upright, Big move off the ball, Staying centered, Short backswing, Long backswing, Hit vs Swing, Left hand vs Right hand dominant, Arm swing vs Body swing. They all work well.

No one can write a book and state that theirs is THE only way to swing the golf club.

You can however write about impact dynamics, the 18 inches through impact and with some certainty state that ALL good players exhibit these dynamics, how you arrive at them is irrelevant.

This is what the author attempts to do.

The key areas looked at are the Flat Left Wrist, Loading on the Backswing, Lagging on the Downswing and the idea of moving the bottom point of your swing forward.

Obviously you cant `place' you wrist in a flat position at impact during a 100 mph golf swing so this is achieved through loading and lagging correctly prior to impact.

Loading the club is easy enough, some do it early some do it late but there is no mystery here.

Lagging or allowing the club to lag on the downswing is more difficult but if achieved will lead to effortless power and contribute greatly to good ball striking and the elusive flat left wrist. Unfortunately the author doesn't have any magic formula to help you achieve this.

Which leads to the point where I believe this book falls down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Burns on 25 Jun. 2010
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I've been playing golf for 25 years and have tried everything during that time to impove. I've been to all the best teachers I could find, I've practiced until my hands bled, I've tried all the new equipment and training aids and yes I've read all the books. I'm not normally the type of person who would take the time to write a review. This book cuts through all the bull about the golf swing and instead concentraits on the the crucial part of the swing "impact". I hsave now read this book 4 time and will probably continue to read it as long as I play golf. Everything has impoved, I've gained 30 yards on my driver and 15 yards on my irons, I now hit a contolled draw. If I play a bad shot I am now in a position to correct it myself. My putting and chipping have improved. My good scores are now in the low seventies. More importantly I no longer take lessons! As yet I've still now quiet got to the 4" swing bottom the Bobby talks about - so I've still got better to come!! Well done to Bobby Clampett for clearing away so much confusion and helping me play the best golf of my life.
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Handicap golfer? Frustrated at not being able to play as you know you can? Fed up with golf pro's who are only interested in getting you to swing like Adam Scott? Yet every week you watch Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar and Graeme McDowell (amongst others) win millions of dollars with "funky swings".

Clampett argues that they (and all the prefect swing golfers) have one thing in common. They hit down on the ball taking a divot that starts forward of where the ball was. In his book, Clampett applies this theory to putting, chipping, pitching, full swing irons and then onto the tee and the driver. It's an interesting book, despite a lack of photography and Clampett labouring his point somewhat. The drills are simple and surprisingly simple to learn and integrate into your own swing as your focus is on one thing - impact - removing any "swing thoughts" regarding back swing, turn, pivot, etc etc etc.

Clampett is not alone. Johnny Miller calls impact golf's "moment of truth". Sean Foley (Tiger's new coach)asks his players to stay centred over the ball so that they can achieve a consistent ball-turf strike and Plummer and Bennett (Stack & Tilt)state that impact is the key fundamental " can grip and stance be a fundamental when everyone does it differently?...the only true fundamental is impact".

Take a different path. Start with Clampett. Like me you'll then probably buy Plummer & Bennett's book. I've never hit the ball better.
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