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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628738049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628738049
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Manuel de la Torre is a legend among golf teachers and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The leading proponent of Ernest Jones's swing principles, Manuel was head professional at Milwaukee Country Club from 1951 to 1996. He was PGA Teacher of the Year in 1986 and is a four-time Wisconsin Profesional of the Year. He is still active in teaching golf to amateurs and professionals, and was ranked #11 among American golf teachers by the editors of Golf Digest in 2007.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This golf instruction book is completely like no other that I have read, and I have read a lot of them in the persuit of a repetative golf swing. I have a handicap of 10, but I still do not have any real consistency to my game. I have just read this book and it emphasises the simple aspects of propelling a small white ball in a straight line towards a flag. Unlike other books he does not concentrate on golf mechanics but more on feel and the very basics of a golf swing. I do not know where I had heard about this book before but I am glad my wife bought it for me. My golf feels better already and my mind has been cleared of a lot of 'junk' allowing me to enjoy the game more. I wish Mr de la Torre had produced a video as well, however the book is fairly straight forward. If you want technical stuff go for Leadbetter - if you want simple good technique buy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2002
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The title of the book is not reflected in the content. If you find the "swing the club and forget how you are doing it" philosophy works for you, then go for this book. It is well written on that subject.
However if you want to know the different components of a good swing and how they work together, forget this one. The basic swing technique presented is 1. swing the club over your right shoulder using both your hands, 2. swing your arms down and through to the finish. That's it!
The book does cover ball flight analysis quite comprehensively, but unfortunately the solution to most errant trajectories revolves around the above simplistic theory so is a bit limiting.
On the plus side the book is written in a friendly chatty style and was pleasant to read.
It looks like this approach may work for some people and if so fine, but avoid it if you feel you need to know a little more in depth about the swing to progress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pavlov's Dog on 2 July 2009
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I had high expectations of this book having been an advocate of Ernest Jones swing principles.

I really wanted to love it but had a sense of anti climax on completing the book for the first time. However on my 2nd and 3rd reading things really begin to make sense.

There is a lot of filler in here. The core message of the book could have been comfortably condensed into a volume 25% of this size but the message still comes through strongly.

I have been stuck on a 12 handicap for 3 years and have tried all sorts of swing methodologies to get down to single figures, in vain I might add.

I now firmly believe that the approach advocated by De La Torre and Ernest Jones is the way forward, trusting and believing in your natural talent and swing and allowing it to flourish with NO manipulation of your body or the golf club and few/no swing thoughts other than how smoothly and balanced can I make this swing.

On days when your timing is on its fantastic, when your timing is a little off your still in play and if you can bag a few 6 to 10 footers you can still shoot your handicap.

I must say I have just started to 'teach' my daughter to play golf and it is clear there is no better methodology to employ when teaching begineers and juniors than the one advocated in this book.

All in all, a good book for the collection but maybe not even neccessary if you search the internet for 'Ernest Jones' you will find a downloadable copy of 'swing the clubhead' which should be all you need.
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