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  • Jan 9, 2008
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Pros: Humorous, Informative, Effective, a Bargain at Twice The Price

Cons: I didn't start w/this one.

The Bottom Line: Buy this one first.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

I would really love to take credit for the following quote. "One thing I've learned about golf is that you don't learn a heck of a lot about it from reading golf books. Too bad I had to read so many golf books in order to find that out." Most golf books are truly inadequate because the two dimensional aspect of the book is lacking the third dimension so necesary when trying to teach a tactile skill from a visual prop. This book is definitely the exception to the rule if you're just starting out. McCord is a great author. He is full of humor, and his light touch, and extensive experience as both a tour player and commentator make him more than qualified to dole out the advice. He does so in a very well intentioned and light hearted manner. This book gives comprehensive coverage from fitness, to setting a tee time, the swing, the short game, fixing swing faults, shopping for clubs, who to play with, etc...It is that thorough, yet never ever assumes a didactic tone.

It begins w/a real live "Gut Check." Are you really in shape? Well, you don't have to be Joe Atlas in order to swing a club, but there are certain aspects that are fundamental to all golf swings. He gives you plenty of simple exercises just to make sure you are physically fit enough to swing the club properly, and walk a full 18. No one else has ever been smart enough to start a golf instruction book/dvd this way unless they were writing a "golf fitness" manual to begin with.

He goes on to explain setting up a tee time, what to expect at different courses, etc. From here he begins to delve into the minutiae involved in a good golf swing. This is shear greatness. Most people think they need to go out and hit the ball first. This is not so. He gives you a lesson on golf etiquette first. This is a huge help for beginners. I used to think "The Etiquettes" were my disorderly French relatives. If you want to really tick someone off, go to a course and walk across their putting line. (I didn't realize what a cardinal sin this was until my 5th or 6th game when I really ticked off one of the better players that I was somehow hooked up with.)

He covers the short game very well too. He devotes time to what a knee-knocker that 3 foot putt can be, and explains the necessitiy of learning to judge break and distance. His explanations of chipping are humorous, yet concise and to the point. It was this very book/dvd that caused a major over-haul in my chipping technique. (I later refined it w/Pelz's theories, but McCords fundamentals still remain.)

His coverage on fixing swing faults, and gaining distance is a must. Here he not only explains faults that you will be familiar w/by your 3rd round, but goes on to give exceptionally easy common sense fixes that I still employ to this very day. The whole book/dvd is riddled w/great anecdotes to keep it from becoming tedious, and so when you get to the exercises you are in full stride. There is no quagmire of jargon and over analysis to screw you up. Everything is simple, but effective.

This is an absolute must for any golfer. Not only is it chock full of good swing mechanics and exercises, but it is also replete w/the many things people somehow just forgot to cover somewhere else. McCord is the most hilarious yet informative guy on the subject. I still reference my hard copy whenever I hit a plateau, and somehow, things start to come back together again.If you are just starting out--get this one first!


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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   I am a teacher, avid golfer, and semi-retired bassist. I grew up in North Dallas, moved to Boston where I went to college, and eventually came back to Texas. I found that the western side … more
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Designed for golfers of all ages, GOLF FOR DUMMIES provides tips from a 30-year veteran of the game, CBS-TV golf commentator and senior PGA Tour Champion Gary McCord. With ways to better your game by improving you grip, stance, putting, and more, this helpful video is a great way to help you with a simple game that isn't always so easy.
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Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Sony Music Distribution (March 22, 2005)
Runtime: 1hr 15min

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