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Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 1999
Dave Pelz looks at golf in a simple way: the closer the ball goes to your intended target, the lower your scores will be. Studying the professional game for years he found that the best players in the world were amazingly inaccurate when it came to wedgeplay. Needless to say that there was scope for improvement and Pelz describes a straightforward approach to the short game. It seems to have worked very well for all the pros who have committed themselves to it. You need time to read this book and then you need time to practice but once you applied the techniques described, your scores will definitely fall - and you will learn how fruitless it is to beat five-irons and drivers on the driving-range.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2001
First of all, no question that this book is close to THE short game bible. If (like me) you come from a technical background, you'll love this book - Pelz builds up his points in painful detail. However, only go for it if you honestly believe you can commit serious time (an absolute minimum of 3 hours a week) to short game practice. If, like most people, you can't, then go for Tom Watson's classic Getting Up And Down. Pelz is very technical indeed and unless (again, like me) you've just been laid off you won't have the time to put this into practice in the course of one season. No wonder the pros love it though. Oh, one more thing - some of his assumptions are understandably US-centric, so if you too play on a links course you can take some of his spin / stop predictions with a large, but windproofed, pinch of salt.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2011
I've played off 20 to 24 handicap since I can remember. What this book does is to take you on a journey as to WHY the changes you have to make to improve your short-game - came about, as Pelz analysed and dissected the top pros methodolgy, techniques, and application. This book is a detailed and comprehensive training tool, which if you read SLOWLY, inwardley DIGEST and then PRACTICE and APPLY - what he is advocating, must help you improve your scores (and your handicap !!) . Do yourself a favour.....dont keep buying new Drivers and the latest lob-wedge, (like I used to do for the last 20 odd years),.....spend a lot less money on this book, take some time out, to read it properly......and you will never regret it.
Danny (Handicap now 15 !!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2010
Just simply amazing!

A simple approach to all shots within 100 yards. The years of work this guy has put into collating his facts is brilliant. You can approach his method with the confidence that Dave Pelz has done his research well.

Anyone can improve their short game by reading and applying his method.

His method relies on YOU knowing EXACT YARDAGES on the courses you play. Get Google Earth on your PC/Mac, start charting yardages in a little book that you keep in your golf bag. Take yardage measurements from, for example, 'big tree on left of fairway to middle of green - 67 yards.' Take lots of these measurements, from different areas, of the holes you play, not just one measurement per hole. With his method, if you know these yardages, you'll be able to produce the 'finesse swing' to hit the ball to within 2 or 3 yards every time.

Just quality, I recommend this book highly for people who are willing to put the work into their short games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2012
I bought this book along with Ben Hogan's Five Fundamentals of golf. The two are very complementary but it is Dave Pelz who explains why every golfer needs two swings - a power swing (Ben Hogan territory) and a finesse swing (Dave Pelz territory). Pelz also identifies putting as a third swing but doesn't cover that in this book. Pelz gives a lot of background reasoning on why the short game is the crucial part of golf. If you are already convinced about that and simply want to get to the 'how to do it' part then you may find the book overly verbose. It certainly takes careful reading to make sure you are getting the correct message because Pelz intersperses pictures of the wrong way to do something with the correct way without flagging the 'wrong' pictures with large warning signs. I have read only the first 30% or so of the book (and practiced the advice therein) but have already seen the benefits in terms of reduced scores on the golf course, and a feeling of confidence rather than fear when confronted with awkward shots such as a short chip to the flag over an intervening bunker. Whether I get pro rata benefit from the rest of the book remains to be seen, but even on the first 30% it represents value for money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2007
I'm not gonna waffle on or go into too much detail but i'm a 9 handicap golfer who is currently working hard to lower the handicap and bought this book based on reviews i read here. The "4x3" wedge syatem is a guaranteed stroke saver from 120yards in and although it does require a minimum of 3 wedges and some practise time on the range to fine tune your yardages it will definitely lower your scoring. Some will find the book a little technical but pelz leaves no doubt or question in any of his methods, everything is well explained and researched and when u watch the pros u can see that they all use this system on the short game. after reading this u will never again take a power swing with any wedge and u will save minimum 6 shots per round. Buy it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2001
I was surprised when I received this book at how big it was. When I began reading I understood why. Dave Pelz has obviously put a lot of thought and time into his reasons for writing this book, and feels the need to tell us every last detail. Certainly this is important and does give a greater understanding of why the short game is so important to everyone's golf game. However I can't help but think that he could have cut down on a lot of what is written. When the book finally gets to the instruction, it is excellent. It covers every aspect of chipping, pitching and sand play you could want to know. Covering each technique thoroughly and in simple, easy to understand language which is accompanied by some good illustrating photography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 1999
A comprehensive insight into short game startegy and practice. By translating research into application, Dave Pelz has produced a text which is probably the best golf instruction book I have ever read (and I've read a few). A book for the serious and better golfer which will not dissapoint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2000
It all makes sense after you read this book. There are many different Golf Instruction Manuals and books written. Many talk about techique with the basic ball hitting and knocking your driver out of sight. That's fine if that's all you want to do, Hit the Ball out of sight. But how do you improve your scoring? Putting? I think that most people believe that " The more putts I can hole,I must improve my game". Wrong, It's your short game that improves your score ,the lesson learnt from this book is the nearer to the hole you are the more putts you will hole. Because it's easier to hole a 2 footer than a 10 footer. This book tells you how to get the ball closer to the hole. So then the old saying " Drive for Show, Putt for Dough" is almost true, but it depends on where you Putt from! A must read for any Golfer wanting to Improve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dave Pelz, a one-time NASA scientist with a desire to be a professional golfer, brings his punctilious, scientific mind and approach to the golf course once again in this weighty tome on the scoring zone. Every smart golfer knows how important that distance one hundred yards from the hole is to every score card. Sensible golfers with the real desire to improve do not spend all their time booming drives down the driving range; they are on the putting green, in the practice bunker or on the fring deftly chipping subtle shots to the hole.

This book explains all there is to know about the scoring zone, an area he has studied with scientific assiduousness for many years and he has also the linguistic ability to put his results into accessible language. It is not for every golfer because its analysis is so stringent but, for those with that turn of mind and the interest and time to put his ideas into practice, it is almost guaranteed to take strokes off the handicap.

He is not Phil Mickleson's short game coach for nothing!
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