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The Elements of Scoring Hardcover – 4 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684840103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684840109
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 14.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Red Couples Raymond Floyd not only knows the special things about golf; he can convey them so you will understand them.

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Raymond Floyd has won 35 official tournaments (22 on the regular tour, 13 on the senior tour), including four majors. He made history in 1992 when he became the first player to win on both the PGA Tour and the Senior Tour in the same year. He lives in Palm Beach, Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is a great read and a great teaching aid to planning and playing to win. More about how to play the course the best you can, than going one-on-one in matchplay (if you understand that difference. If you play you will). I have reached the stage where my game is coming along well - but I keep losing because I am hitting the wrong shots, getting the wrong side of the green, picking the wrong club - I needed to work out how to play the odds. This book is easy to read and very well organised to help you get a better score from the way you play now. In other words it has very little about technique and lots about where amateurs lose shots - and what they should be doing - smarter playing / better playing. Best book I have ever come across dealing with actually playing the game of golf - rather than making a beautiful swing. Better than my old copy of Tom Watson's book on strategy - but doesn't deal with technique and "how to" stuff like Tom's book - "Getting Up and Down" Getting Up and Down: How to Save Strokes from Forty Yardsor Charlie King's short game book called "The Red Zone Challenge".Golf's Red Zone Challenge: A Breakthrough System to Track and Improve Your Short Game and Significantly Lower Your Scores If you read Floyd's book, you will want to read another on the short game - you may never hit it as far as the pros on the long game - but you sure can develop a great short game. There are no age/fitness excuses that are credible once you are 40 yards from the hole! Read Floyd's book - - then read Charlie King's (Charlie's has a whole methodology you will find easy to follow.)
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I have always found the game of golf fascinating and I have always wanted to master it. This book helps me a lot in my attempt to do so. It is difficult for us, weekend golfers, to know everything there is in golf, every golf course you play and to perfect every swing we make by devoting time to practise. And it is when this book comes in. It tells you how to manage the course, when to take risk and when not to and it is very true that most of us are not always playing in our best physical condition. I will probably re-read it before every round of golf I am going to play.
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As Floyd himself says in the sleeve notes:

"If somehow I was given your physical (golf) game, and we had a match, I would beat you 99 times out of 100. Because I know how to play the game better than you"

Golfers are obsessed with length off the tee and the shiniest new clubs but really what they should obsess about is scoring. I learnt how to score from this book and a playing partner who plays off +2.

This book really is the daddy of course management and how to score and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Lots of simple, short, well written chapters with tips that you can apply this weekend - not tips that you'll endlessly have to grind out on the range.

This deserves to be a classic and it's slightly odd that it doesn't sit up in the charts like Rotella's books do or Hogan's 5 lessons. It's really that good.
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I read an awful lot of golf books, and so far this is one of my favourites. It's very down to earth and practical in its application, realistically assessing what could shave those extra few shots off an average score.

It goes beyond the usual 'mental side of golf' books in two ways. Firstly, it's not JUST focused on encouraging a state of mind or quieting your negative self - it's not 'psychological' or new-age in the least, but very pragmatic. Second, its course management aspect isn't restricted to variations of 'play away from trouble', which most are - yes, it includes that, but a lot more besides. Highly recommended for all levels - and particularly for anyone who is trying to break 90 or 80.
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To play golf well requires different things: 1) a sound and effective golf swing (Ben Hogan's Modern Fundamentals of Golf is the bible - Faldo's books are also excellent); 2) good putting (Bob Rotella's Putting Out of Your Mind is the most useful book - Pelz, though irritatingly long-winded in saying them, has some good things to say on putting technique); and 3) the ability to score. The ability to score isn't well understood. The pro tours and top amateur games are littered with outstanding talents that don't make it because of their inability to score whereas the likes of Furyk, Jiminez, and Floyd himself have great careers, though not outstandingly talented, because they can score. Ray Floyd provides in this book the outstanding guide (nothing else compares) to scoring. He provides comprehensive, easily understood, and readily applied guidance on all facets of scoring. The Elements of Scoring is indispensible.
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This is a book every golfer should read. We can't swing like the pros (well I can't) but we can learn to think the way they do. The vast majority of golfers at my club just bash the ball towards the hole with nary a thought of strategy or playing the odds or assessing the likelihood of a successful outcome. Floyd clearly sets out how to lower your score by exercising a little thought. This should be compulsory reading for every golfer.
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