Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible: Master the Finesse Swing and Lower Your Score Hardcover – May 11 1999
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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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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.
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.
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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The methodology in this book has really helped my short game and is a must read for all golfers looking to improve their scoring zone performancePublished 6 months ago by Steve Mousseau
Only started it and is very good. But hard to learn from book.Published 8 months ago by John K Milobar
A fantastic book about the real reasons some guys always go low. Pelz teaches the system he created with the greats like Mickelson, Lee Jansen, Payne Stewart, and Tom Kite. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. McGillivray
Awesome book on the aspect of the game that probably is most influential on your scorecard. Dave Pelz is meticulous with his research and provides great instruction. Read morePublished on July 30 2014 by Consumer
Very we'll written with tons of pictures, graphs and facts that make sense. It will change your game for the better.Published on April 20 2014 by Yvan Fallu