Extraordinary Putting: Transforming the Whole Game Paperback – Jan 2 2007
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About the Author
Fred Shoemaker, who began teaching golf in the seventies, is the founder of Extraordinary Golf®named one of Golf Magazine's "25 Best Golf Schools" in America. He lectures and conducts workshops around the world for such organizations as the PGA and the LPGA and for major corporations, including Apple Computer, Oracle, and Pfizer.
Jo Hardy is CEO of Extraordinary Golf. She and Fred Shoemaker are married and live in Carmel, California.
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All in all I'd strongly recommend this book to any golfer who is serious about improving his/her game.
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Fred Shoemaker has been teaching golf for more than thirty years. His technique stresses experience. But beyond experience he teaches how to get the most value out of experience. His technique is to offer you a series of exercises that will enhance and extend what you get out of experience. This way you learn more in a semi-self-taught manner. And perhaps this is really the only way to really learn something.
This is not a book of hints and tips. The author says that these really don't work. In fact it is difficult to understand just how to apply most tips. Instead he says 'try this, see what happens.'
Most of what he says is related to the mental attitude with which you approach golf. He is trying to give you the understanding, the attitude to understand what you are doing when you approach the ball. Over the years an awful lot of people have found his help invaluable. It certainly can't hurt for you to try it.
I read this book five months ago, and did a few of the exercises one day while reading it. Looking back, I believe that it helped me to discover that I can relax and trust my bodymind to handle the stroke mechanics. I putt pretty well for my experience level, and it amazes me how little I contribute consciously, once I've looked at the line.
The exercises are exploratory -- rather than instructing the reader on how to putt, they set up an experience where one discovers how to putt. If you lack confidence in your putting, I'd suggest giving these ideas a try.
Thirtys some years later, I still fight the flying right elbow but, thanks to Fred Shoemaker and Jo Hardy I win the battle most rounds.
To be clear, Fred Shoemaker has written two books. Extraordinary Golf published in 1996 and Extraordinary Putting.
My experience - having read them both - is that the greatest exploration of ones golf possiblities can be found in Extraordinary Putting. In this book Jo and Fred introduce the possibility that for extraordinary learning to take place, what you're doing must not only be interesting, but relavent and meaningful.
The putting green is the perfect place. It cost nothing. You don't need buckets of balls or acres of real estate. Most golfers are pounding shots at the range leaving the green open for you to explore interesting and relavent. The discovery that one can turn putting practice into fun was huge for me, my putting and, as it turns out, the rest of my game.
So, whether you are new to the game or a plus handicap looking to put the joy back in your golf, you cannot go wrong buying Extraordinary Putting.