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The Art of the Short Game: Tour-Tested Secrets for Getting Up and Down [Hardcover]

Stan Utley , Matthew Rudy
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Book Description

June 19 2007
?The hottest instructor in golf? (Sports Illustrated) takes on old-school gurus with a far more accessible, intuitive, and innovative approach to those essential chip shots, pitches, and bunker rescues.

Veteran golfers know that the secret to a lower score is a solid short game, but mastering those small strokes can be maddening?even for the pros. One of golf?s most revered instructors, Stan Utley now reveals the step-by-step tactics behind his revolutionary short-game techniques in The Art of the Short Game.

After introducing readers to his groundbreaking philosophy that explains why most players don?t see all the shots available to them near the green, Utley moves on to shatter conventional wisdom about stance, grip, and ball position. From choosing the right clubs (including a checklist of must-haves that should always be in your bag) to spin reduction during chipping and fearless sand play, The Art of the Short Game demystifies the most aggravating shots on the links. Though Utley?s primer features a full set of drills, accompanied by more than seventy-five photos, his approach is far removed from the monotonous, mechanical instruction of yesteryear.

Giving a time-tested secret weapon to every golfer at every level, Utley?s short-game methods turn trouble shots into triumph.

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StanÆs help with my short game was the difference between playing some nice golf and winning again on the PGA Tour and winning majors on the Champions Tour. (Peter Jacobsen, seven-time PGA Tour winner, and winner of the 2004 Senior U.S. Open 2005 Senior Players Championship)

About the Author

STAN UTLEY has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 1989, and has earned over $1 million in prize money. He has set records for fewest putts per round, and for the past five years has worked with fellow pros including Peter Jacobsen, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Paul McGinley, and Darren Clarke on their short games

MATTHEW RUDY has been a golf reporter at Sports Illustrated since 1995. Rudy has covered major events such as the U.S. Open, the Masters, and the Ryder Cup, as well as numerous LPGA events.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good value July 27 2013
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The explanations are good. There are nuances in the explanations that are sometimes difficult to decipher. I would of liked more pictures. Some of the pictures are somewhat small and black & white, making it more difficult to clearly see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest March 11 2012
Stan Utley was a good player and teaches some decent players - the thing is, however, he's the first to tell you this and you'll hear it over and over throughout his book. He uses terminologies that are not overly clear, as well. "Cupping" the wrist is not something that I have personally heard of before and it is used quite often throughout his teachings. It isn't until close to the end of the book that he explains himself somewhat clearly. More images would help visualize what he is telling you.

It's a good book, but not the greatest. In the end, if you are looking for help with your short game, it never hurts to go beyond the Golf Channel and do some reading. Utley knows his stuff and played at a high level, so it's worth the read and the price is right. He will teach you some new and "easier" ways to play some of the tough shots out there, like bunker shots and blasting it out of the deeper stuff around the greens. Get out and practice and you'll get better - no amount of reading, alone, will help your game...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Golf Short Game I ever read ! Feb. 6 2012
By Josh
Stan Utley really explain well his theory. The main goal is to develop an approach that will minimize errors and Stan is clearly backing up his recommended methodology. A must read for every golfer aiming to reduce significantly his handicap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Soooooooo Easy June 21 2007
By DonSutt - Published on
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This book is awesome! I've got about 15+ golf books/videos and this one tops them all. In literally 45 minutes with a small bucket of balls and a practice green I was hitting 5 out of 7 chips within 2' of the pin from 15-20 yards out. The one's not inside the leather where less than 4'. Another hour of practice and I was doing the same with pitches from 15-25 yards. Before reading this book I dreaded taking out the sand wedge for any shot less than 40 yards. Now I welcome the opportunity. The book is a really fast easy read and jammed with information. There is one thing I would caution readers about - read the book completely. If you try to simply stop on one part and practice what you read (chipping, pitching, sand play, etc...) go to the back of the book and read the drills first. They will help you better understand what your body is supposed to be doing. I'm a visual learner and couldn't quite grasp the pictures and words. The drills put it all together and they are very simple.

Bottom line - this is a GREAT book! Stan makes hitting chips and pitches VERY SIMPLE! As you read through the chapters, believe what you read. You'll probably find yourself saying "It can't be this easy." Get out and try it, the shots really are just as simple as they are described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great teacher July 20 2007
By B. Reznik - Published on
I'm a 2 handicapper, who played college golf 35 years ago. I learned the traditional short game method. Ballstriking was my strength and it covered up mediocre putting, chipping and pitching. Utley challenges conventional wisdom and I've learned from experience he IS right. He brings your chipping, pitching and putting back in sync with the full swing. Consequently, the results are truly magical as to consistency of ball contact with chips and pitches (now I know the REAL difference between the two) and the correct roll you now see on your putts. The Pelz method is probably a good Rx for 15 handicappers, but Stan's methods are tour tested and mimic the full swing. For the first time in my life, I now routinely have 30 putts per round OR LESS. And I'm not shocked by it. Now, instead of dreading the awkward in-between 20 yard chip or pitch, I'm thinking possible chip in. Great book for low handicappers wanting to break 70. This is the Bible for Up and Down.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for every serious golfer... July 24 2007
By J. Yoshimoto - Published on
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I have been playing about four years and have never had too much success with my short game shots. I was looking forward to reading Stan's latest after having much success with his first, 'The Art of Putting'. I was not disappointed. After a few glitches getting the strokes down I can now say that my short game is the best it has ever been. Lately I am finding that I can get to 2-4 feet from the pin for makeable par savers. Now I feel like I have a decent chance of getting up and down instead of entering a crap shoot when I 'leave it short' or fly the green. Word of advice: learn the chip shot first, get it down, than learn the pitch shot where you learn to use the bounce of the club to control the ball flight distance. I had a little trouble incorporating the bounce technique. It's a good one to practice a lot off the course before bringing it to your game.

I would say that this one is a classic and will positively effect your golf game forever.

'hit 'em straight and less often!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new paradigm in golf instruction July 3 2007
By Garry Sears - Published on
I bought Stan Utley's other book, The Art of Putting, a few weeks ago, and immediately improved my putting stroke and results. So, I bought this subsequent book the day it arrived in bookstores. His theory goes against what most other instructors teach (Dave Pelz perhaps being the prime example). Again, I experienced immediate results: my chips are crisper and more consistent; I have much more confidence in my pitches; and, I have less fear when hitting out of the sand. The book is very well written and to the point (i.e., no 300+ pages a la Pelz!). I have a library of over 60 golf instruction books, and consider the two Stan Utley titles the best of them all.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're not getting up and down 50% of the time - read this! Aug. 30 2007
By C. Campbell - Published on
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Golf is difficult but does not require world class strength or skill to play well - especially around the green. While I do not agree with 100% of the theory presented in this book - I like a lot of it. For example - Stan advocates using only 1 club for most all shots around the green. There is no way I will give up my 8 iron bump and run shot when the situation presents itself! I have holed more of them than all other chips combined. We all have our own style, but if you are not getting up and down 50% of the time from around the green you really should read this book. There are techniques that even as a 10 year player of the game with a single digit handicap I had no clue on the correct methods. You will not be disappointed with this book.
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