- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; New edition edition (Oct. 9 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446529311
- ISBN-13: 978-0446529310
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.5 x 28.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How I Play Golf Hardcover – Oct 9 2001
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No athlete has changed his sport the way Tiger Woods has transformed the world of golf. The Tiger phenomenon has created a new legion of golfers, seduced by Woods's almost effortless mastery of this most difficult game. In How I Play Golf Woods reveals the many facets of his game and offers a plethora of tips and advice aimed at all levels of play. Unlike most golf guides, and perhaps somewhat surprising from a player best known for his long game, How I Play Golf begins with the short game--putting, chipping, and pitching--before moving onto swing mechanics and hitting off the tee. Produced in conjunction with the editors of Golf Digest, the book is lavishly photographed and illustrated and offers a gold mine of useful ideas and mental images Tiger has collected over the years. Throughout, Tiger recounts memorable shots from his relatively brief career; for example, his only "perfect" shot (a 3-wood on No. 14 at St. Andrews) and his first putt at the 1995 Masters (a 20-footer for birdie on No. 1 that missed and rolled off the green). How I Play Golf is not only a first-rate instructional guide, it also communicates a passion and respect for the game that beginners, hackers, and low handicappers should find inspiring. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards
From Publishers Weekly
Very few sports figures have accomplished as much as Woods has already achieved at age 25. He has been named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated twice; he has won more than 30 professional tournaments and he's the youngest player to win the Grand Slam four of the major pro championships. Despite his many commercials and product endorsements, Woods is one of the rare athletes who isn't overplayed in the media. Unlike many other sports stars, Woods plays and wins quietly. That may explain why this instructional book will reach far beyond the links. Woods talks about his experiences and his attitudes toward golf and life. The conversational tone is quite engaging: "The difference between golf and most other sports is that anyone of average intelligence and coordination can learn to play it well. It requires a commitment to being the best that you can be. That has always been my approach to the game.... Pop gave me many great lessons, not only about golf, but also about life. His greatest advice to me was always be myself." On watching the ball, Woods says, "If you're like me, you can't wait to see if the ball is tracking toward the hole right after the golf ball leaves the putterface.... The tendency to peek too soon causes your head to move and leads to off-sloppy contact.... I found an effective way to fight the problem: I practice putting with my left eye closed, so I can't see the target line at all with my peripheral vision. That makes it easier to keep my eyes looking straight down." Accompanied by wonderful photos, the book reads as if Woods is right there with the golfer, providing instructions. (Oct.) Forecast: With scheduled appearances on Oprah and Dateline along with extensive print and television advertising, this book will immediately shoot out of the bookstores. Strong sales should continue for a long time.
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While this book is certainly up to date and more modern than Nicklaus' "Golf My Way" or Penick's books, I don't think it is better than theirs. Maybe that is prejudice on my part, but I think they are better teachers of the game and go more in depth on what you are trying to do and why. Tiger explains what he does and is pretty light on the theory. But who cares? The book says it is just about how Tiger plays golf and that is what it delivers?
Did Tiger write this book? Probably not. I am sure he thought about it and talked it through with the folks who put it together. I have no idea. It is all written in the first person, but has a sort of distanced style of writing that is often a tip off that someone else wrote it for him. But it is certainly Tiger in the pictures and I believe that Tiger agrees with what is in here. So, at that level it is a pretty useful book for someone who wants to think about how a virtuoso of the highest caliber plays this difficult sport.
That said, I think this will be a terrific book for those who are about to take up golf (especially youngsters) or who have only recently done so. Also, to other golfers (regardless of age or gender) who are nowhere near as set in their ways as I am in mine. In terms of athletic ability, the gap between Woods and other elite players is much narrower (I think) than the gap between his mental discipline and theirs. It is incomprehensible to me, for example, that he would have made the same mental errors which Els and then Singh made during the final nine holes of the recent Masters tournament at Augusta National while they were still in contention. I vividly recall his mental discipline many years earlier while facing adversity during match play competition in the U.S. Amateur. How he plays "mental" golf will be of special interest to whose who are not especially athletic as well as to those (such as females or seniors) who may be at a physical disadvantage.
What I find most admirable about Woods is often ignored or given secondary importance by the media: His consummate sportsmanship. Although a ferocious competitor (albeit against the course and his own abilities), he always conducts himself as a gentleman, win or lose, with style and grace. I also wish to praise this book for the quality of its photography. First-rate. I thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of Woods's company while reading this book and can easily accommodate an invitation to play a round with him sometime if he reads this review and is so inclined.
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