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The Art of the Swing: Short Game Swing Sequencing Secrets That Will Improve Your Total Game in 30 Days Hardcover – May 12 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (May 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406272
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Most players-and teachers-take this game and make it more complicated than it needs to be. Genius is taking this game and making it simple. Stan Utley has that rare talent."
-Brandel Chamblee, Golf broadcaster and PGA Tour winner

"The hottest instructor in golf."
-Sports Illustrated

"Stan has a great knowledge of the short game and a wonderfully simple way of getting his message across."
-Jay Haas

"Utley is kind of an aw-shucks pro who doesn't seem to offer much until you put a club in his hand, and then suddenly he becomes Stephen Hawking."
-Golf Digest

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1021aa4) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23b5e64) out of 5 stars Great book great technology June 15 2011
By Richard N Kishner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I never write reviews but I couldn't miss the chance to write the first review of this book. I am a big fan of Stan Utley, and while I have read all of his books, at times I have had some difficulty getting the feel of his short game swing instruction and had to make the leap of executing what I thought he meant. Sometimes I didn't get it right, so I end up reading Phil's hinge and hold or Tom Watson's short game book. The technology of incorporating the video instruction with the written instruction finally allows the author to give you both the technical instruction and feel in one unit. For example in explaining the low chip and run, he is able to give you the set up instruction, weight distribution, shoulder/forearm and hand position in written instruction and then demonstrate the feel of the shot immediately on the video. This allows you to go out and make the shot with a completely clear idea of what he wants you to do. His instruction really works. Not to knock other authors but in Tom Watson's DVD Lessons of a Lifetime you get the feel without the full setup instruction, without which you may lack Tom's consistency with these shots. Phil, who has a great technique, but does not go into detail on how to position your body weight and clubface and arm position for the various short game shots in his book leaves you guessing.

This technology of combining video and text is simply amazing when combined with excellent instruction. I bought the book, not realizing the incorporated video with the smart phone. It works, but it is even easier to use with your ipad (yes I bought another copy to download)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ffbfe70) out of 5 stars Modern Golf Instruction May 26 2012
By Don Lochary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not only was this book full of valuable golf instruction but it included a special feature that burned in the instruction. After every several paragraphs of instruction there was a link to a YouTube short video that showed the author demonstrating a particular point. I think this video feature is the future for all kinds of instructional material.
HASH(0xa02112e8) out of 5 stars Great book only if you have a smartphone. No access to videos without one. Dec 11 2013
By Howard Lazzarini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you have a smartphone, this is a great book because the videos you can watch using the Microsoft ap clearly illustrate what Mr. Utley is talking about in the book. If you don't have a smartphone, the book is a bit dense and the prose can be difficult to follow and comprehend. Similar golf books use barcoding to bring up videos but also have a url linked to YouTube videos for customers without smartphones, but this book is solely reliant on the Microsoft ap to bring up the videos. The ap can be downloaded to earlier versions of an iPad, but do not work on the newest iPad Air for some reason. You can download the ap, but when it trys to scan the barcode, the ap crashes. This is very frustrating! The author and publishers should have thought this through and added a website for people without smartphones. If you have one, I'd rate this book 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0856f9c) out of 5 stars game changer July 11 2011
By R. M. Buhrman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read all the other "The Art of....." and they were interesting, and I got something out of them, but I can point out the page on "Swing" that changed my iron stroke. My game needs a lot of help in all areas, but the first time I went out after reading this book, I went to the driving range and noticed a definite improvement, plus,knocked 10 strokes off my score on the course, first time out. My average is high to begin with, and most good players will not see that much improvement, but I have read it, re-read it, marked pages, hi-lighted paragraphs. The book is worth it if you knock off one stroke!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa02118c4) out of 5 stars great book Aug. 21 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this a great book, it has the ability to show you film clips from the internet if you learn better seeing than reading .the idea of sequencing your swing is something i never heard before, but the first time i golfed after reading the book , i hit my driver down the middle every time. i was amazed. learn how to get your three circles to contact at the same time and experience the differance yourself.

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