Total Golf: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Golf and Golf Instruction Paperback – 1 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Mike Adams is a former PGA touring professional and a former director of the Academy of Golf at PGA National. T. J. Tomasiis a former director of the Academy of Golf at PGA National. Kathryn Maloney is an LPGA Teaching Professional and a freelance writer."
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I started reading three golf books concurrently, "Total Golf", "100% Golf" by David Leadbetter and "Ultimate Golf Techniques" by Malcolm Campbell.
Not a particularly smart move but within a couple of weeks I dispensed with all but "Total Golf". Its the only book of the three that I kept 're-searching' to find some half remembered piece of wisdom.
Total Golf is thorough, methodical, mainstream and it has a coherent graphical style (unlike Campbells). Its fairly prescriptive but gives sound reasons for its approach.
I've since read a number of other golf books but this remains my favourite guide and I have now moved on the to same authors "Laws of the Golf Swing'.
The only other book I would wholeheartedly recommend is "Golf Magazines Complete Book of Golf Instruction". This is a much larger book covering the history of the game and many variants of the mainstream approach. For a beginner I would still recommend 'Total Golf'.
Starting out with the proper selection of clubs and outlining the various factors that could affect your game - it gives valuable information for the beginner.
A comparison of the Modern Swing and the Classic Swing by tour players is well illustrated and well annotated. Each club type is outlined on proper use: Driver, fairway woods, long irons, mid irons, wedges, and short irons.
Course management, sand play, pitching, chipping and putting are explained in detail.
This is one of the best and most comprehensive books that should be in every golfer's library.