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Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible: Master the Finesse Swing and Lower Your Score [Hardcover]

Dave Pelz
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May 11 1999 Dave Pelz Scoring Game
Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible is the first book in a four-book series, The Dave Pelz Scoring Game Series.  The next volume in the series will be Dave Pelz's Putting Bible.

"He who rules the short game collects the gold."
--Dave Pelz's Golden Rule of Golf

Fed up with trying to imitate the pros, buying the latest expensive equipment, and seeing your handicap stay the same? The first book by bestselling author and internationally revered golf instructor Dave Pelz since Putt Like the Pros, his bestselling classic, Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible can show you the way to lower scores by improving your short game. The result of decades of scientific research studying thousands of golfers, Dave's philosophy is as simple as it is revolutionary and groundbreaking: Instead of practicing the wrong things the right way, or the right things the wrong way, Pelz shows you how to find your own personal weaknesses and how to improve them to efficiently lower your scores. Packed with all the knowledge, charts, and photos needed to learn from the master, Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible is the essential book for every golfer who's looking to improve his or her game.

Dave's approach to golf is easy to understand: 80 percent of the strokes golfers lose to par are determined by their play within 100 yards of the green--the crucial scoring game. The most important and yet the least focused-on aspect of golf, your short game, can indeed make or break your entire game. And nobody teaches the short game like Dave Pelz. His renowned golf schools and clinics focus exclusively on putting and the short game, attracting top players like Tom Kite, Colin Montgomerie, two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, reigning PGA champion Vijay Singh, Steve Elkington, Payne Stewart, Peter Jacobsen, and many LPGA players including Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann. The pros know, as you are about to learn, that while others teach golfers how to swing, Dave Pelz teaches golfers how to score . . .  and win.

A former physicist for NASA, Dave brings a scientific rigor to his research and instruction that has made him the top short-game expert in the world. Dave has observed and then taught thousands of golfers to improve their ability to score better. The years he has spent studying the short game, including chipping, lobs, pitches, distance wedges, and bunker play, have resulted in an unequaled expertise and a fascinating body of knowledge on golf, with the statistics and data to back it up. In this new book, Dave for the first time shares the understanding and techniques he has taught the pros, including a wide array of innovative tests and exercises for mastering those deceptive and high-pressure shots of the short game.

Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible is an essential book for golfers of all levels. Covering everything golfers need to know to improve their short game, Dave's system can--and will--help you to consistently shoot lower scores.

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As the reigning rabbi on the mysteries of golf from 100 yards in, Pelz has earned the right to anoint his expansive instruction on the short game a "Bible." A scientist by training, he's analyzed the macros and dissected the micros to come up with a gospel for pros (Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, and Anika Sorenstam, to name a few disciples) and weekend hackers alike. Pelz fills his scripture with photos, illustrations, charts, and plenty of sage advice on pitching, chipping, sandplay, putting, equipment, execution, mechanics, technique, practice, attitude, lots of questions, and plenty of answers. Much of the Short Game Bible is pretty sophisticated stuff aimed toward better players--or, at least, players who take their golf seriously. But its basics are appropriate to any skill level of the game: Accurately assess your own weaknesses, and then go about improving them systematically with the author's carefully researched and tested plan. It seems so obvious, but the truth is, most golfers either beat balls on the range in search of distance or slave over eight-foot putts on the practice green; they fail to pay enough attention to the shots in between. Pelz does the math for you here; his figures add up, so that yours can go down--the golfing equivalent of forgiving sins and absolving trespasses. --Jeff Silverman

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Ah, the short game, many a golfer's worst nightmare. It is certainly one of the most difficult aspects of golf, prompting author Pelz to state simply, "He who rules the short game collects the gold." Pelz, a former NASA physicist and the founder of the Pelz Golf Institute, has devoted the last two decades to the physics of golf. He is a consultant to the Professional Golfers Association and contributes regularly to golf periodicals. Pelz and coauthor Frank, editor of Golf Magazine, have collaborated on a useful publication that will assist players of all ages and abilities. According to Pelz, 80 percent of a golfer's handicap is determined by what happens within 100 yards of the green. Complete with numerous photos, drawings, and graphs, plus a list of resources that includes web sites and FAX and phone numbers, this is recommended for all public libraries.ALarry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Cheuk
Format:Hardcover
Starts off some analytical data with why the short game helps your score more than the full shots. Then goes into the fundementals like ball position and each type of short game shorts: distance wedges (30-100yd), pitch (<30y), chip (green side), sand.
One thing this book can't help you is HOW to make that swing. You have to have a reasonably solid/consistent swing to take advantage of the concepts in the book. It talks about making a synchronized swing but that means different things to different people, so the best way to hone your execution is to go see a pro. The sequenced photos are great but we don't always swing the way we think we do.
The best idea of the book though, which help my short and full shot game, has to do with the stabiliby of the clubhead (pulling a cart vs. pushing). It explains why the Pros are more consistent even on their misses. Given the same club head speed, a stable club head will be more accurate (i.e. longer) on average. I'm an enginerd so I dig all these analytical stuff.
Anyway, a solid book with great ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the complete scoring manual April 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is simply the best scoring book that has ever been written. There are so many books on how to swing a golf club. This book explains in mathematical terms how to turn 4 into 3. That is the game of golf!
Until reading this book and taking his scoring test, i had no idea what parts of my short game hurt me most. However pitching chipping and wedging the ball to somewhere between 2 and 10 feet really ensures makeable par savers. Every scratch or better handicapper that i've played with did exactly what pelz talks about. That is, sand shots to 3' with regularity. If you think you can't get any better at golf, this is the book for you. Face the facts, measure your short game and begin to practice your weaknesses.
There are also some chapters that are a little dense. Pelz was a scientist. So i recommend reading the book like text book. Skip around to the revelant chapters and go from there. Leave it on the shelf as a complete reference.
I added the fourth wedge and have found moderate improvements. However, I use my 3iron so rarely that the benefits justify the added club. Plus around 100 yards, being able to swing exact distances is an added bonus. This book is my all time favorite golf book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Up and Down March 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Scenario: ball on the fringe, flat chip, fast green, 15 feet. The [duffer] I was.... I would use my "L" wedge, place the ball in the back of my stance, and flub the ball only half way to the hole. My "up and down" succes rate was a mind-boggling 30% (which resulted in many Tarzan-like cusses to the jungle). I still wonder which lousy golf magazine I read this devilish tip. However, thanks to the reading of the Dave Pelz Bible, I discovered my chipping technique was bad all along. By chipping with my 7 iron, instead of my "L" wedge, and by simply stroking the ball with the same motion as my putter, my success rate has climbed to nearly 100%. By eliminating the risk of having to hit a "perfect" chip with a lofty club ("L" wedge), not only do I get up and down, I sometimes get UP AND IN TOO!! . It's amazing how such a simple technique can help improve my scores. I went from a whopping 18 handicap to a single digit handicapper overnight (much to the chagrin of my fellow golfers who continue to worship their "L" wedges). Thanks to DAVE PELZ's Bible I'm born again and cleansed of my old bad habits. Don't worry, I won't come knocking at your door! May the golfing gods be with you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Up and Down March 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Scenario: ball on the fringe, flat chip, fast green, 15 feet. The moron I was.... I would use my "L" wedge, place the ball in the back of my stance, and flub the ball only half way to the hole. My "up and down" succes rate was a mind-boggling 30% (which resulted in many Tarzan-like cusses to the jungle). I still wonder which lousy golf magazine I read this devilish tip. However, thanks to the reading of the Dave Pelz Bible, I discovered my chipping technique was bad all along. By chipping with my 7 iron, instead of my "L" wedge, and by simply stroking the ball with the same motion as my putter, my success rate has climbed to nearly 100%. By eliminating the risk of having to hit a "perfect" chip with a lofty club ("L" wedge), not only do I get up and down, I sometimes get UP AND IN TOO!!! . It's amazing how such a simple technique can help improve my scores. I went from a whopping 18 handicap to a single digit handicapper overnight (much to the chagrin of my fellow golfers who continue to worship their "L" wedges). Thanks to DAVE PELZ's Bible I'm born again and cleansed of my old bad habits. Don't worry, I won't come knocking at your door! May the golfing gods be with you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, very good, but ... Dec 30 2002
Format:Hardcover
Get this book, it will help you improve your score.
But understand that you will need to work at it for two reasons. The first being that while David tells you what you have to do to improve, it requires practice to move from thought to action. Lots of practice.
The second was a surprise to me. This book if more an odyssey of David's experience in seeking to improve golf than an instruction tome for improvement. It has a number of contradictions (when chipping you get the tightest pattern from a ball between your feet, yet he recommends placing the ball outside your right ankle) and the style is, well, rambling. If like me you were looking for a tight scientific premise, data and conclusions you might be disappointed.
None the less, 5 stars; but with a bit of help structuring the writing, it could have been so much more accessible and actionable than it is.
Further update November 2003. Also understand that EVERYTHING you could possible do is presented in this book. There is no prioritisation, and if you are a beginner like me, you are better off getting an introduction book such as "David Leadbetter 100% Golf: Unlocking Your True Golf Potential" which will help you get the basics right first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short game master
Awesome book on the aspect of the game that probably is most influential on your scorecard. Dave Pelz is meticulous with his research and provides great instruction. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Consumer
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for serious golfer
Very we'll written with tons of pictures, graphs and facts that make sense. It will change your game for the better.
Published 4 months ago by Yvan Fallu
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious about golf?
Amazing !! I can see my handicap lowering shortly. ( work is involved ) you get what you put in. Words don't do it justice.A good read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean Demers
5.0 out of 5 stars great book wow !
Absolutly a must read for all gold fanatics.
This is an amazing joy to read and great concepts.
Published on Nov. 29 2010 by L. Jac
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to improve the short game
One of the best books I have seen on the short game in golf. Dave Pelz's analytical style makes a lot of sense and helps the golfer understand the 'why' therby being able to accept... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2007 by D. Rajan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for analytical minds
This book is excellent for the more scientific-minded golfer. Dave Pelz is a true scientist and breaks down golf from an entirely different angle. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by Craig
1.0 out of 5 stars Second Quality Shipped
The book I was shipped had pages 79 - 110 bound upside down and out of order. In other words, facing page 78 is page 110 upside down. Read more
Published on July 16 2003 by Wendy L.andry
5.0 out of 5 stars It reformed my short game
As a 10.2 index, this program has turned around my outlook on the short game and golf in general. I am SOOOO much more consistent from within 100 yards, and even though my longer... Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by Bob Areddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, apply it...see the results!
This book is very well written, illustrated and logical. Dave Pelz can put into words, his method or system for allowing you to consistently control your short game shots. Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by Bruce V. Culver
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