The Timeless Swing: Learn at any age from his lessons of a lifetime Hardcover – 26 May 2011
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'...none of today's wannabes can hold a candle to one of the grand old guard like Jack Nicklaus and Watson in terms of enduring popularity, charisma and serial achievement' --Guardian, 11 June 2011
About the Author
A member of the PGA Hall of Fame, Tom Watson was named its Player of the Year six times. In the 1970s and 1980s, he won eight major championships and currently ranks sixth on the list of total major championship victories.
Nick Seitz is editor at large at Golf Digest. He wrote three previous instructional guides with Tom Watson, one of which was a bestseller.
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I've played golf occasionaly (and badly) for a good few years but only joined a club and tried seriously to improve over the last year. Most frustratingly I'm still a 28-handicapper due to a hopelessly flawed 'swing'. My short game is actually quite good ... if only I can get off the tee and keep out of trouble. I've taken a few lessons but my Pro has largely let me use my own agricultural grip/swing with a few adaptations and constraints. That helped reduce my wild shots but at the cost of considerable distance.
With the help of this book I've finally accepted that you have to get the fundamentals correct if you are to make progress in your game. There are no short cuts; you have to learn how to do it properly and then put the work in to build the foundations of a reliable swing.
Watson frequently refers to mistakes he sees in the swings of 'weekend golfers' and explains what the effect of each will be. He could have been watching my swing so accurately does he describe the issues.
Anyway, I've just spend a couple of evenings reading the book and making short notes to take with me to the range. With the information in the book I've changed my grip, opened my backswing, concentrated on tempo ... and it has been a relevation! When I get it right the ball soars majestically, straight(-ish) and gloriously long. I didn't know I could hit the ball like that. I've still got a long way to go but I do feel that I've made the first few steps (in the right direction) of that 1000 mile journey. Thank you Mr Watson Sir.
This book is the perfect companion to Watson's 'Lessons of a Lifetime' DVD which covers the short game as well as the swing. Buying both has been amongst the best money I've ever spent on equipment or learning. Outstanding value and highly recommended.
The photos and diagrams in this book are excellent and it forms the perfect accompanyment to the DVD that feels just like the book - both very high quality in content and presentation. The DVD and book must be the best quality material ever produced for golf teaching in my opinion.
If you want another Tom Watson books to fill in the gaps, get the 40yards in book on the short game. Much easier to learn than some of the other tomes on the subject. And lastly he has a strategy book to help with real playing and making the smarter moves out on the course. Since these last two books can be had for a song S/H, they are a real bargain.
And lastly, nowadays its easy to watch Tom live on the seniors tour. Do yourself a favour and go along - no huge crowds, easy to get up close; inspiring.
The explanations are very clear and easy to follow.
Following Tom's advice I'm already starting to experience improvements in my set-up and swing.
If you don't buy any other golf book, buy this one.
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