The premise behind this book is simplicity and it is written so anyone can implement its system. The basic idea is to manage the course and not the other way around. Put yourself in position to hit a short wedge into the green as many times as you can (your free throw shot) and practice your free throw often. The book challenges your traditional thinking of the game (i.e. hit the ball as far as you can). I was a little hesitant at first to try it out but found that while my buddies teed off with woods on every hole, I hit a 3 iron and was in play consistently while they consistently scattered around the course to play their shots. The simplicity of the radical golf concept is to play the ball rather than just hit it. Plan your game so that you are in position to hit failiar shots. This book is for the average golfer who watches tournaments on TV and thinks (erroneously) that he/she can duplicate what they see on the screen. They can't and end up hacking around the course muttering about their clubs or what ever else they want to blame their game on. You can do more for your golf game with this $12 book than spending hundreds of dollars on oversized clubs and space aged putters. After finishing this book you really begin to realize that golf is 90% between your ears.
After an initial quick reading I was a touch sceptical, however re-reading this great little book made me realize just how wrong I have been playing, that as a high handicapper i have been trying to play like a scratch golfer. This is not a golf technical instruction book, rather a clear guide how one could get some satisfaction back in to one's game by making some realistic changes in how you manage your way around the golf course. It may not find favour with some as the writer heavily recommends ditching your driver and woods until you play regularly in the 70's, This is shown in a pretty good way by illustrating how the 'radical golfer' compares to a round played by Tom Watson in the 1982 US open. The only thing I would disagree with is the use of a wedge and/or sand wedge for short pitches and chips off the green. Fair enough on lush lies but on a very thinly mown or bare surface near the green the high handicapper would do well to cultivate a little chip and run using a straighter faced club. Never the less highly recommended.
The key concept is entirely credible and well presented but the book feels a little dated. An example would be the omission of hybrids to replace the 2,3 and probably 4 and 5 irons. Anyway a very good and entertaining read.
A bit dated now (pre hybrids)but some good bits. You also need to be a good iron striker. Putting your woods in the locker is not a good idea for me as I can hit the fairway 9 times out of 10 with them