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Two Steps to a Perfect Golf Swing

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A book by Brad W. Townsend

<p><b>The perfect golf swing-- broken down into two easy-to-follow steps</b></p>

Author: Brad W. Townsend
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Date Published: April 01, 2004
1 review about Two Steps to a Perfect Golf Swing

The Fool Proof Golf Swing

  • Aug 10, 2009
Pros: Exceptionally direct and effective instruction. Helpful for all levels of golfer.

Cons: Didn't have this book when I started.

The Bottom Line: Best golf book I've ever read. Highly effective no B.S. approach. Though it is easily digested, it is still high octane stuff.

After my recent heart attack, I shed darned near 20 lbs. in roughly 3 weeks. For a slightly overweight guy--6' Foot 220 lbs.--9% of your body weight in such a short period of time is big. For a golfer, who has worked hard to perfect his swing plane--it is maddening. Don't get me wrong---I love the weight loss (though I highly recommend "Weight Watchers" vs, "Bernie's  Cardio Melt Down" any day of the week.) Let's just say that my club doesn't travel around my body as much as it used to, and the following factors have destroyed any hopes I had of retaining my old swing.

For openers----I 've lost more than just a little strength. It's a fact of life that when you are used to certain routines that get shutdown w/bed rest--well--you lose a little of the strength you've developed, as well as some of the polish you had so recently obtained with constant honing and repetition. The weight loss, by lessening the degree to which my swing moved around my body, actually steepened my swing plane, and I began to hit the ball "fat." ( Technical jargon for the club face actually coming in slightly behind the ball rather than on top of it. Unfortunately, this leads to tremendous losses of both distance and accuracy.) Lastly--I was attempting to keep my strength up by hitting my weighted clubs. --Weighted clubs are great if your swing is technically corrrect, and you're not steepening your swing plane. Otherwise, without the proper technique, and objective observation on your part--they can lead to a steeper swing plane. Between the weight loss, lack of polish, and careless use of weighted clubs I had steepened my swing plane so much that I was actually hitting my 6 Iron with a stroke much more suitable for a Wedge.--Not only was I hitting them fat--I was developing a chronic case of "The Shanks"---and something had to give. -----Shawn Humphries to the rescue.

This book is incredibly well written., It should be named "Golf For Knuckleheads", "Idiot Proof Golf", or some such title. It doesn't matter what level you are at. Anyone from a raw beginner, to an extremely advanced player needing to re-polish his/her game will benefit greatly from this book. Shawn does not crowd your head with swing thoughts, blast you w/techno-jargon, or seemingly contradict himself as he expains the swing for different clubs. I've read most of the golf books out there, and I usually refuse to review them because my mother always taught me--"If you don't have something nice to say......." There's a lot of nice things to say about this book.

Part one is the best explanation I've ever read about the golf grip--and it is so easy it will scare you. 2 Paragraphs of plain text vs. 2 pages of techno jargon in most books. Because of his explanation, I've actually modified my grip ever so slightly, and this alone has improved the trajectory of my shots. He doesn't start you on the 5 or 6 iron either--he goes straight for the far easier to hit 7 iron. Besides, with the super juiced lofts of today's clubs--that 7 is yesteryear's 5 iron anyways. If Hogan and that crowd were alive to see today's strong lofted clubs--they might even have you start on an 8 iron.

I like the straight ahead explanations of the swing mechanics too.    He'll have you succesfully swinging the club in no time. I like his approach of not using a  ball at first. I realize that sounds almost non-sensical to most people--but the fact of the matter is--if you put a ball into the equation----most students will fixate on it. They will be so busy trying to "Mash that little sucker" that they'll lose the fine motor skills necesarry to "Mash it properly." He has you brushing tees instead--and you know what---if you learn to brush those tee's correctly--you've developed a proper swing plane w/out having to simultaneously think at least three swing thoughts while swinging, after having memorized several chapters  worth of useless techno-jargon.

How straight ahead are the explanations?----"All you have to do for Step One is extend your arms out fully w/out tightening them so that the toe of the club and your arms form an "L".----What an easy concept to understand. Until I started doing this my swing sure looked like 'ell. (LOL)There's none of the famous weird analogies that no one really understands either.  "Your shoulders should be like they are under a giant pane of glass." --"Hold the club only tightly enough as if you were hoding a baby bird."  This type of vague horse hockey is nowhere to be seen--Thank  G*d! --and you'll have a well hinged back swing in a matter of hours--not weeks. As a matter of fact--if you follow these instructions--you'll already be succesfully performing one of the hardest shots in golf--the dreaded half wedge.

Position two is even simpler..but it does take closer monitoring as this is where most player's--no matter what technique they employ--lose themselves. Basically it is the same as position one--but carried to the top of the shoulder turn. I don't want to get too much into the mechanics, as my paraphrasing wouldn't do Mr. Humphries justice. I will say this though--my body has never had a swing where the shoulders, arms, hips, etc., are as in sync w/each other as they are now. Following the explanation of position two is an appendix of sorts that is chock full of quick memory tips. They are all plumbed from his years as an internationally recognizd golf pro in an attempt to offer nuggets of insight to all types of golfers. --They are all good points, and well taken.


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