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Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible: Master the Finesse Swing and Lower Your Score Hardcover – May 11 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 11 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780767903448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767903448
  • ASIN: 0767903447
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From Library Journal

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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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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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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By A Customer on March 17 2003
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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By A Customer on March 17 2003
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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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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