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Dave Pelz's Putting Bible: The Complete Guide to Mastering the Green Hardcover – Jun 6 2000

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (June 6 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385500246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385500241
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
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Golf's foremost apostle from 100 yards in, Dave Pelz follows up the bestselling Short Game Bible--his essential testament on how to get on the green--with chapter and verse on what to do once you're finally there. The lower your handicap, the more of a religious experience it should be.

While you don't have to be a rocket scientist to explain the forces at work in rolling a small, dimpled ball over changing terrain toward a cup that looks far too small for its purpose, Pelz was in fact a rocket scientist by trade. His approach is analytical, theoretical, mechanical, and systematic, brimming with graphs, charts, and illustrations. But don't let that scare you--for all the science, Pelz and the gospel he preaches are as inspiring as a good sermon and readily understandable regardless of your skill level. Yes, advanced players will no doubt be more intrigued with the depths Pelz plumbs, but high handicappers can draw solace from the quality of the supplicants who've sought his counsel--Lee Janzen, Annika Sorenstam, Steve Elkington, and Colin Montgomery, for starters--and proceed from there. Numbers, charts, and graphs aside, Pelz preaches good grip and stroke, proper reading of lines and distances, the importance of leaving a ball in the best location (that only seems obvious), and the need to identify your putting weaknesses, learn why they're your weaknesses, and address the proper fixes. "Never give up on putting well," Pelz stresses. By studying his bible and heeding his golden rules, you'll find yourself standing over those knee-rattling, downhill 4-footers with a lot more going for you than just a prayer. --Jeff Silverman

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"Do I believe in Dave Pelz?  I paid full price to go to his school, and it was the best money I've ever spent.  I could not have won my second U.S. Open without his help. I am a believer."
--Lee Janzen

"Dave Pelz has added more irrefutable knowledge to golf instruction than any man alive."
--George Peper, editor-in-chief, GOLF Magazine

"In one day's work with Pelz, I learned more about putting than I had known my entire life."
--Curtis Strange

"You cannot do more for your putting than to follow Dave Pelz."
--D.  A. Weibring

"Dave Pelz is the best.  It's pure and simple.  If you want to play your best, you work with the best...  that's Pelz."
--Steve Elkington

"Dave Pelz knows more about putting than Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Ben Crenshaw combined!"
--GOLF Magazine

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Format: Hardcover
Dave Pelz is starting to tick me off. If you thought his "Short Game Bible" was demanding, wait until you see this book. In it he insists that the only route to improvement is to practice his "pils" stroke until you've done 20,000 repetitions. And that's just for starters. Call me wacky, but I find that downright discouraging. I'm as dedicated to improving my golf game as the next guy, but jeez I've got a job. I don't have all day every day to wire myself up with all of his feedback gadgets in order to have "meaningful" practice. In fact, by his standards my feeble practice sessions are only guaranteeing my mediocrity. He'd have me just quit. Interesting and illuminating scientific discoveries aside, no non-professional golfer could possibly follow his 15-point/47-rule improvement program. Hence, while I predict that every golfer on earth will buy Pelz's book (and most will give it a positive review), I also predict that no one will follow his advice.
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Format: Hardcover
this nearly 400 page book is about 50% research, 30% motivational speech and 20% instruction, and most of the 20% instruction are drills we've seen before. although i think the research is important and at many times original, pelz & co need to spend more time coming up with insights and solutions based on that research that will help the golfer putt better, and in particular with a more conscise, practical and implementable program. one thing i found particularly annoying is that after making the investment in money and the substantial investment in time (reading nearly 400 pages) pelz places heavy emphasis on the importance of working with an instructor and that a lot of what he recommends can't be implemented on your own by simply following the instruction in the book. if that's the case, please tell us early in the book because when a book is labeled "the bible" it's easy for one to assume that it's complete and all you'll need.
but all criticism aside, i'm sure that golf nuts will want to read this for the many well researched tid bits. the less fanatical among us may want to skip it and stick with simpler, more anectodal works by harvey penick and bob rotella.
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Dave Pelz can sure talk about what's wrong wih the way bad golfers putt, including some pros who don't seem too knowledgable even though they are highly regarded. But when you get down to brass tacks and ask what does Pelz have to say that is original about HOW to putt well, he essentially says use a shoulder motion and read more break and hit the ball so if it misses it stops 17 inches past the hole. (Yawn.) This book is just Putt Like the Pros lengthened but not even updated. There's really nothing new here that Pelz didn't say in 1986. And some of that is quite suspect, from a scientific point of view. For example, Pelz claims to have "proved" that his so-called 17-inch rule is the best for all types of grass, playing conditions, and putt lengths. However, anyone who read his original research report in 1977 in the July issue of Golf Digest will see his research proved just the opposite. There he claims he "proved" there is no one optimal speed; that the best speed varies with grass type and playing conditions; and that the best speed varies from as low as 5 inches to as high as 40 inches. The rest of Putt Like the Pros was not original at all. The ball roundness and balance testing comes from Golf Digest 1974, and Bob Charles. The so-called "lumpy donought" comes from Golf Digest in an article about the "volcano" around the hole. And so on throughout the book. Sure, Pelz helps bad golfers putt better -- practically ANY book on putting would help -- but that doesn't mean Pelz really knows much about HOW the human body makes the best putt possible. Try Rik DeGunther, Dave Stockton, George Low, and Todd Sones for that. Their books are available at Amazon.com too. These guys actually know something. Perhaps it's time to acknowledge that the Emperor has no clothes.
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Format: Hardcover
I was excited to get this book after getting Pelz's Short Game Bible, which is excellent. This book , however, is quite different. While The Short Game Bible presents a clear and simple plan to improve, the Putting Bible does not. It's quite disorganized, in fact. What is particlarly annoying about the book is that you'll read in the first several chapters "...and we'll cover that later..." He just starts to get into a concept and then leaves it, claiming he'll come back to it in the later "technique chapters." It's just not a simple book to read and glean information from. I'd have to say that my putting did not improve as a result of the book, and that's partly my own fault. The problem is that Pelz makes it very easy to learn just enough to get you into trouble (i.e., forget how to putt), and then put the book down. Buy it, and especially read it - with great caution.
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Format: Hardcover
Chock full of brilliant glimpses of the obvious. Only someone trained as an engineer could take a few basic principles and turn them into a 394 page book touting the importance of keeping something simple. After reading this you won't putt any better but you will know 125 reasons why you are missing. Dave proves that 78 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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