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Dave Pelz's Putting Bible: The Complete Guide to Mastering the Green [Hardcover]

Dave Pelz
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June 6 2000 Dave Pelz Scoring Game
Dave Pelz's Putting Bible is the second book in a four-book series, the Dave Pelz Scoring Game Series.

Over 150,000 readers have purchased Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible after just its first year of release publication, making the book an instant classic.  Now, let Dave help you shape up your game on the greens with his new Putting Bible, which is sure to make all other putting manuals obsolete.

Dave Pelz looks at putting, golf's least-understood skill, as no one has ever approached it before.  Because a putt is the terminal shot on every hole and there is no possibility of recovery from short misses, putts count almost a disproportionate amount.  Every golfer knows a 2-foot putt counts the same as a 300-yard drive--one stroke.  And while the putting stroke is only one of several types of swings golfers make, it accounts for nearly half of all the swings made--43 percent--and perhaps as much as 80 percent of all the anguish and frustration involved in the game.  These are some of the reasons every golfer needs Dave's insights into the putting game and the simplicity he brings to improving their ability to putt.

Putting is also different in another way:  It is one of the few skills in all of sport in which any player, regardless of size, strength, speed, gender, or education, can compete equally with--and have a realistic chance to surpass the skills of--the best professionals in the world.

As Dave explains, putting is actually simple to understand and do. Once golfers grasp his concepts, they can perform on the greens as never before.

Using decades of scientific research from studying thousands of golfers, Dave shows readers the simplicity of putting that escapes most golfers and lays out the fifteen well-defined building blocks of the putting game that each of us already has and owns. This comprehensive guide from the internationally revered master of the short game and putting game--packed with charts, photos, and easy-to-understand instruction--will be the essential volume for all golfers who want to take strokes off their score with better putting.

A former NASA physicist and founder of the World Putting Championship, Dave brings a scientific rigor to his instruction that has made him the top putting expert in the world.  Observing and teaching thousands of golfers to better their scores, Dave's body of knowledge in putting is unequaled.  By uncovering the mysteries of this part of the game, Dave Pelz's Putting Bible raises putting instruction to a new level.

Dave Pelz's Scoring Game Schools and clinics are renowned worldwide, attracting top players like Jesper Parnevik, Tom Kite, Colin Montgomerie, two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, Steve Elkington, and many LPGA players including Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann.

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Golf's foremost apostle from 100 yards in, Dave Pelz follows up the bestselling Short Game Bible--his essential testament on how to get on the green--with chapter and verse on what to do once you're finally there. The lower your handicap, the more of a religious experience it should be.

While you don't have to be a rocket scientist to explain the forces at work in rolling a small, dimpled ball over changing terrain toward a cup that looks far too small for its purpose, Pelz was in fact a rocket scientist by trade. His approach is analytical, theoretical, mechanical, and systematic, brimming with graphs, charts, and illustrations. But don't let that scare you--for all the science, Pelz and the gospel he preaches are as inspiring as a good sermon and readily understandable regardless of your skill level. Yes, advanced players will no doubt be more intrigued with the depths Pelz plumbs, but high handicappers can draw solace from the quality of the supplicants who've sought his counsel--Lee Janzen, Annika Sorenstam, Steve Elkington, and Colin Montgomery, for starters--and proceed from there. Numbers, charts, and graphs aside, Pelz preaches good grip and stroke, proper reading of lines and distances, the importance of leaving a ball in the best location (that only seems obvious), and the need to identify your putting weaknesses, learn why they're your weaknesses, and address the proper fixes. "Never give up on putting well," Pelz stresses. By studying his bible and heeding his golden rules, you'll find yourself standing over those knee-rattling, downhill 4-footers with a lot more going for you than just a prayer. --Jeff Silverman

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"Do I believe in Dave Pelz?  I paid full price to go to his school, and it was the best money I've ever spent.  I could not have won my second U.S. Open without his help. I am a believer."
--Lee Janzen

"Dave Pelz has added more irrefutable knowledge to golf instruction than any man alive."
--George Peper, editor-in-chief, GOLF Magazine

"In one day's work with Pelz, I learned more about putting than I had known my entire life."
--Curtis Strange

"You cannot do more for your putting than to follow Dave Pelz."
--D.  A. Weibring

"Dave Pelz is the best.  It's pure and simple.  If you want to play your best, you work with the best...  that's Pelz."
--Steve Elkington

"Dave Pelz knows more about putting than Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Ben Crenshaw combined!"
--GOLF Magazine

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The Putting Bible covers alot of material. It gives the various methods & reasons for choicing which method you might perfer to use. Green reading is a subject that the author covers very well. I actually understood how to read greens better & I achieved better results. My putting has improved greatly to the point I am achieving results that match the % of holed putts at the same distances as the Pros.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More advise that is impossible to implement Sept. 17 2002
Format:Hardcover
Dave Pelz is starting to tick me off. If you thought his "Short Game Bible" was demanding, wait until you see this book. In it he insists that the only route to improvement is to practice his "pils" stroke until you've done 20,000 repetitions. And that's just for starters. Call me wacky, but I find that downright discouraging. I'm as dedicated to improving my golf game as the next guy, but jeez I've got a job. I don't have all day every day to wire myself up with all of his feedback gadgets in order to have "meaningful" practice. In fact, by his standards my feeble practice sessions are only guaranteeing my mediocrity. He'd have me just quit. Interesting and illuminating scientific discoveries aside, no non-professional golfer could possibly follow his 15-point/47-rule improvement program. Hence, while I predict that every golfer on earth will buy Pelz's book (and most will give it a positive review), I also predict that no one will follow his advice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Minutia Alert! Aug. 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Chock full of brilliant glimpses of the obvious. Only someone trained as an engineer could take a few basic principles and turn them into a 394 page book touting the importance of keeping something simple. After reading this you won't putt any better but you will know 125 reasons why you are missing. Dave proves that 78 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Once again, Dave Pelz reduces the game to mechanics and physics and ignores the most important aspect of good putting which is freeing your mind from the specific mechanics of the physical stroke.Having said that, this book is chock full of interesting facts, most of them completely useless to the average player who wants to improve his putting. Pelz's book does not address the fact that great putters such as Jones,George Low,Palmer,Stockton, Crenshaw and Faxon have utilized widely different strokes,grips and tempo.What they all had in common was a consistent pre-shot routine,tremendous feel,and supreme
confidence that they could hole every putt.
Readers looking for technical answers to better putting, which is the focus of this rather unorganized book are probably going to be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Disorganized July 25 2001
Format:Hardcover
I was excited to get this book after getting Pelz's Short Game Bible, which is excellent. This book , however, is quite different. While The Short Game Bible presents a clear and simple plan to improve, the Putting Bible does not. It's quite disorganized, in fact. What is particlarly annoying about the book is that you'll read in the first several chapters "...and we'll cover that later..." He just starts to get into a concept and then leaves it, claiming he'll come back to it in the later "technique chapters." It's just not a simple book to read and glean information from. I'd have to say that my putting did not improve as a result of the book, and that's partly my own fault. The problem is that Pelz makes it very easy to learn just enough to get you into trouble (i.e., forget how to putt), and then put the book down. Buy it, and especially read it - with great caution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on Research, Light on Recommendations July 7 2001
Format:Hardcover
this nearly 400 page book is about 50% research, 30% motivational speech and 20% instruction, and most of the 20% instruction are drills we've seen before. although i think the research is important and at many times original, pelz & co need to spend more time coming up with insights and solutions based on that research that will help the golfer putt better, and in particular with a more conscise, practical and implementable program. one thing i found particularly annoying is that after making the investment in money and the substantial investment in time (reading nearly 400 pages) pelz places heavy emphasis on the importance of working with an instructor and that a lot of what he recommends can't be implemented on your own by simply following the instruction in the book. if that's the case, please tell us early in the book because when a book is labeled "the bible" it's easy for one to assume that it's complete and all you'll need.
but all criticism aside, i'm sure that golf nuts will want to read this for the many well researched tid bits. the less fanatical among us may want to skip it and stick with simpler, more anectodal works by harvey penick and bob rotella.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for bad putters, but... Aug. 22 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Dave Pelz can sure talk about what's wrong wih the way bad golfers putt, including some pros who don't seem too knowledgable even though they are highly regarded. But when you get down to brass tacks and ask what does Pelz have to say that is original about HOW to putt well, he essentially says use a shoulder motion and read more break and hit the ball so if it misses it stops 17 inches past the hole. (Yawn.) This book is just Putt Like the Pros lengthened but not even updated. There's really nothing new here that Pelz didn't say in 1986. And some of that is quite suspect, from a scientific point of view. For example, Pelz claims to have "proved" that his so-called 17-inch rule is the best for all types of grass, playing conditions, and putt lengths. However, anyone who read his original research report in 1977 in the July issue of Golf Digest will see his research proved just the opposite. There he claims he "proved" there is no one optimal speed; that the best speed varies with grass type and playing conditions; and that the best speed varies from as low as 5 inches to as high as 40 inches. The rest of Putt Like the Pros was not original at all. The ball roundness and balance testing comes from Golf Digest 1974, and Bob Charles. The so-called "lumpy donought" comes from Golf Digest in an article about the "volcano" around the hole. And so on throughout the book. Sure, Pelz helps bad golfers putt better -- practically ANY book on putting would help -- but that doesn't mean Pelz really knows much about HOW the human body makes the best putt possible. Try Rik DeGunther, Dave Stockton, George Low, and Todd Sones for that. Their books are available at Amazon.com too. These guys actually know something. Perhaps it's time to acknowledge that the Emperor has no clothes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Book in good shape, very good, got it no problem despite postal strike in canada.
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Published on July 8 2011 by andre blain
5.0 out of 5 stars For the golf geek...
What has been said already will give you an idea what to expect. What I will add is if you have a great curiosity for the game, if you have multiple putters and are always... Read more
Published on June 14 2011 by Charles Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect?
If you want the simple putting advice, Dave has your message, and has the 10 minute series of book/video/TV show, etc.... Read more
Published on April 23 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, but still helpful
To start, I would have to say that this book is easily the most detailed, most comprehensive book on putting ever written. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the long haul
Reading this book AND PRACTICING will undoubtably make you a much better putter. However you must be in it for the long haul, because this is simply not a putt great by tomorrow... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2003 by William Rockwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but ...
In truth this book contains many great thoughts, but you need to understand who you are before you buy.
We are looking at lots and lots of pages - the detail is huge. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Robin L. Stacpoole
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting Guru
If there is such a thing as a "putting guru," Pelz is it. This book is a must read for any serious golfer. Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Jack Eason Rowe, Ph.D
5.0 out of 5 stars the complete putting book
Dave Pelz does a thorough job of explaining the putting stroke from an engineering/scientific point of view. Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by "kevinodum"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about putting available.
There is more information about putting in this book than any golfer will ever personally use. However, there is more useful material under this one cover than anything else I have... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002 by A golfer of 30 + years whose short game just got a whole lot better
2.0 out of 5 stars Rocket Science?
Chock full of brilliant glimpses of the obvious. Only someone with a research engineer's background could take a few basic principles and turn them into a 396 page tome extoling... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002
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