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Tiger Woods: How I Play Golf [Paperback]

Tiger Woods
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2 Sep 2004

How I Play Golf' offers a lavishly illustrated instructional book with four-colour photography, original artwork, unique sequential shots of Tiger in action, and easy-to-follow diagrams for golfers of all abilities.

Not yet 30, Tiger Woods is already a golfing legend worldwide. Fans everywhere have marvelled at his explosive drives, his accurate approach shots, his steady putter, and most important, how his devastating mental game transcends all the ups and downs of the game of golf.

The insights Tiger reveals in HOW I PLAY GOLF are a combination of the physical and psychological practices that Tiger uses daily to keep his game at the top. For fans and followers of Tiger, these secrets will become the gospel of how to improve one's own game.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316729825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316729826
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 23.1 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No athlete has changed his sport the way Tiger Woods has transformed the world of golf. The Tiger phenomenon has created a new legion of golfers, seduced by Woods' almost effortless mastery of this most difficult game. In How I Play Golf Woods reveals the many facets of his game and offers a plethora of tips and advice aimed at all levels of play. Unlike most golf guides and perhaps somewhat surprising from a player best known for his long game, How I Play Golf begins with the short game--putting, chipping, and pitching--before moving onto swing mechanics and hitting off the tee. Produced in conjunction with the editors of Golf Digest, the book is lavishly photographed and illustrated and offers a goldmine of useful ideas and mental images that Tiger himself has collected over the years. Throughout, Tiger recounts memorable shots from his relatively brief career; for example, his only "perfect" shot (a 3-wood on No. 14 at St. Andrews) and his first putt at the 1995 Masters (20-footer for birdie on No.1 that missed and rolled off the green). How I Play Golf is not only a first-rate instructional guide, it also communicates a passion and respect for the game that beginners, hackers, and low-handicappers should find inspiring. Highly recommended. --Harry C Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Instead of the endless pages of technical advice which bog down so many other manuals, here it's the sumptuous photographs which largely tell the story (TIME OUT )

A unique insight into how one of sport's few geniuses summons up his magic (THE INDEPENDENT )

It offers a goldmine of tips and mental images... Perfect for hackers and pros alike, who want to give their game a winter overhaul. (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY )

The best way of enjoying this golfing treat is to sink into its pages on a day when it's too wet for your own weekend four-ball, and dream... (SUNDAY EXPRESS )

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A very easy to read and fun book so far as instructional texts go. I went through all the pages of this hefty manual in one night-it was that captivating! The tips are very useful and easy to follow. Well illustrated. However, I think a complete beginner would be slightly out of his depth with this book. An essential bible for all other levels of golfers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 2 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I received this book as an Xmas gift. I was expecting it to probably contain some good photos, but I didn't expect the content to be that great (after all, he can't be a great teacher as well as a great player?)
This is a really good book, easy to read, but with fairly in-depth analysis on a lot of key concepts in golf. I've only been playing for a few months, and I learned a lot from this book (and would definitely recommend it..)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep company with a champion! 28 Nov 2001
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Golf fans everywhere have been waiting for this guide in which Tiger Woods reveals how he learned the game, his clear, methodical analyses of every aspect of the sport, from lining up a putt to following through on a tee shot, to choosing the right club to keeping his focus after a bad shot.
Together with the Editors of GOLF DIGEST he has authored a large book all about his game from his toddler beginnings on, filled it with accessible instructions, diagrams, frame-by-frame photos as well as gorgeous views of golf courses & winning celebrations.
You will discover Tiger's six keys to a great backswing.
How to avoid the most common mistake in putting.
How to psyche yourself up for a key shot.
How to have fun practicing your shots.
How to read your divots to control spin, trajectory & direction.
What a champion! You know someone interested in taking up golf? Get this book - it will be a lifetime companion! It's bright, crisp, entertaining & interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hole In One 14 May 2007
This is a very insightful book that contains plenty of useful info to improve all aspects of your game. The layout of this book is superb - very clear, easy to understand and colourful. It is easy to pick an area you want to read up on thanks to the simple chaptering and page layout. There are literally hundreds of full colour photos to show you the correct techniques from several angles. The book is very well written and has a very user-friendly and personal approach to it. As well as the many guides and tips, Tiger also talks about his own experiences as a player, including the mistakes he's made (yes, even the best in the world can make mistakes from time to time!) and the things he has learnt himself. Most golf guides can be overly complex or the pictures don't seem to relate to the description (usually because they're not very clear). No such problems with this book - I can't emphasise enough just how clear and easy to use this book really is.

Ideal for verying levels of skill, from beginner through to good ametuer players, this is a perfect book to help improve your game no matter what level you play at - and you can't get a better teacher than the best golf player in the world! This is without a doubt the best golf guide I have ever come across and comes highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Nov 2002
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This is an excellent golf book, with amazing pictures and great tips on how Tiger plays golf (which as he says may or may not be suited for your game). Don't expect a magic solution for your swing, he just explains the basics he uses.
It is very easy to read, and I keep it in my living room for re-reading a chapter once in a while.
If you like golf, this is an absolute buy. I hope Tiger releases a DVD soon.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
If you are like me, your golf swing will never be confused with Mr. Tiger Woods's magnificent arcs. On the other hand, I enjoy watching him on television (even a lot of nongolfers do, too), and How I Play Golf is a very valuable, detailed look a how he eats, exercises, practices, prepares mentally, thinks through shots, sets up, and executes. I found this book to be the most revealing look at one golfer’s game that it has ever been my pleasure to look at and read about. Even if I can never learn anything from his game, I will certainly watch his game with a more educated eye in the future!
One of my major complaints about the photographs in most golf books is that the images do not illuminate what the text describes. These photographs are both well coordinated with the text, and easy to evaluate from an amateur perspective. I especially enjoyed seeing the details of the different grips Mr. Woods uses. I got several ideas for experiments to try in order to cure faults in my swing with those grip examples.
Another complaint about books by famous golfers is that they encourage too many people to emulate them. Mr. Woods makes it clear that this is how he plays golf, and why. In several places, he points out that his solutions will not be right for you. On the other hand, he plays with a lot of amateurs in pro-ams and studies with top teaching professionals. From those perspectives, he has a lot to say for the amateur, weekend golfer.
A great strength of this book is that it shows you and describes each element of the game from many different perspectives. You often see very large color photographs, from different angles. In other places, the degree of grip pressure is explored in considerable detail, with useful calibrations to experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide
Great pictures and descriptions just dont expect it to make you amazing, its more of a guide to perfect if your half way there.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Not a great fan of Tiger Woods the man but you have to admire him as a golfer so this is well worth a read
Published 10 months ago by jb007
3.0 out of 5 stars Tiger's approach is interesting.
Overall this covers most aspects of the game and it is interesting to compare his approach to that of other golfers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. John B. Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This a a good book for beginners looking for an aide memoir to the golf lesson. It's heavy on how to do something, or more accurately how Tiger does something, and less about why,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for my golf fanatic boyfriend and he absolutely loves it. Lots of handy posture tips. Lots of pictures and diagrams as well.
Published on 30 July 2012 by LM
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Dont get me wrong the book has plenty in it and covers most aspects of the game. I didnt think it had anything very original in it. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the more experienced golfer
I have read quite a few golf books and this ranks up high for content.
The book has details of Tigers experiences as well as many golf tips he has learnt over his early... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Paul Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars What made him great and how he plays.
Well-organised, effectively illustrated and full of helpful text, this is (as far as I know) his only instructional book, written when he was at the heights of his power and those... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by RR Waller
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiger woods how i play golf
Think im only the one to say it , but i didnt like this book.
Im fairly new to the sport and feel this book is more aimed at intermediate golfers who know the basics but need... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Mr. D. M. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars My Thoughts on "Tiger Woods How I Play Golf"
This is a very informative and instructive book. The way it is laid out and with the many pictures of tigers swing it is easy to reference after reading for corrections in... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Smeesty
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