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A golf book stuffed full of wisdom,
This review is from: Positive Impact Golf: Inspiring Golfers To Liberate Their Potential (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.
After reading this book I felt that I had read a clear account about how to approach developing my golf swing and how to approach playing;by a very wise golf sage.This book would be of appeal to people just starting the game and those suffering from years of paralysis by analysis and the toxic effects of modern golf tuition.I think Brian Sparks would like to create a John Daly out of all of us:but not the ''grip it and rip it '' merchant he is of the tee,rather the soft armed rhythmical genius he is around the green.