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About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Book I: Getting Started with Golf
Book II: Focusing on Fairway Fitness
Book III: Playing Golf: The Swing and the Short Game
Book IV: Rules and Etiquette
Book V: Hitting the Course
Book VI: Easy Fixes for Common Faults
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Book I: Getting Started with Golf
Chapter 1: Choosing Your Golf Gear
Getting a Handle on Cost
Going the budget route

Moving on up: Upscale equipment
Knowing Which Clubs to Pack
Find an interim set of clubs
Consider getting fitted for clubs
Build your own set of clubs
Giving Loft a Look
Sorting Through the Short-Game Sticks
Pumping irons
Weighing wedges
Calling all putters
Matching Your Clubs to Your Game
Caring for Your Clubs
Handle with care
Cover it up
Give your putter a home of its own
Keep them clean and dry
Get a grip
Checking out Golf Balls
All golf balls are created equal
Who do I take to the ball? Choosing the best beginner’s
golf ball
Debating the Technological Advances of Golf Gear
Testing out high-tech clubs and balls
Looking to the future

Dressing the Part: Golf Clothes
Accessorizing Like a Pro
Buying Golf Gear Online
Chapter 2: Looking into Golf Lessons
Doing a Pre-Lesson Evaluation
Deciding Where to Go for Lessons
Golf schools
Country clubs
Driving ranges
Group clinics
A playing lesson
Maximizing Your Lessons
Be honest
Listen carefully
Keep an open mind
Ask questions
Keep your cool
Turning to Other Sources
Golf books
Golf magazines
Instructional gadgets
DVDs: A visual approach
Online golf wisdom (now available in the palm of your
Knowing What to Watch for on TV

Catching what most viewers miss
Taking notes from the stars
Chapter 3: Exploring the World of Golf Courses
Breaking Down a Typical Course
Knowing the distance
Choosing your starting tee
Course Insight: Planning a Smart Game
Looking Into Your Course Options
Driving ranges
Public courses
Country clubs
Resort courses
Let’s Make a Deal: Lowering Membership and Green Fees
Saving at public courses and resorts
Making the club scene more affordable
Fitting In on the Course
Perusing Some Great Courses
Gary’s ten favorite courses
Ten great short-game golf courses
Surveying online course guides
Book II: Focusing on Fairway Fitness
Chapter 1: Figuring Out Your Fitness Level
Understanding the Five Elements for Success

Figuring Out the Keys to Golf Fitness
Structure governs function
Physical training improves structure
Exercise programs must be golf-specific and, ideally,
Tests and Simple Exercises to Improve Your Golf Fitness
Test 1: Club behind the spine
Test 2: Standing balance sway
Test 3: Seated trunk rotation
Test 4: Seated hip rotation
Chapter 2: Stretching: Flexibility and the Golfer
Knowing the Benefits of Stretching
You have better posture and alignment
You feel looser and improve range of motion
You help nip injuries in the bud
You keep stress at bay
You keep the aches and pains away
Stretching Correctly to Prevent Injury
Warm up
Go slowly
Don’t bounce
Progress through the stretch
Remember to breathe
Recognize your limits
Rounding out your stretching regimen

Testing Your Flexibility
Preparing to test yourself
Flexibility Self-Evaluation Worksheet
Stretching Moves for Success
Working on the upper body
Limbering up your lower back
Loosening up your lower body
Chapter 3: Core Strength for a Better Golf Game
Knowing the Benefits of Core Training
Locating Your Core
Testing Your Core Strength
Getting ready to test your core
Taking the test: From the top
Covering Core-Training FAQs
Dipping into Beginner Core Exercises
Lying pelvic tilts
Hip lifts with knees together

Side crunch
Side planks
Push-ups on knees
Back extensions
Core Exercises for More Power
Downward belly burners
Russian twists
Seated torso rotations
Bow-and-arrow twister
Medicine ball twists
Taking the Senior Core Challenge
Going about core exercises safely
Core routine to help maintain balance
Seated core routine for strong abs
Chapter 4: Weight Training for Golfers
Minimizing Post-Workout Soreness
Warming up before you lift
Starting with lighter weights
Breathing properly
Using proper form
Cooling down
Resting your muscles

Considering Weight Training Injuries
Building a Routine that Works
Working all your major muscle groups
Doing exercises in the right order
Following instructions
Focusing on Your Upper Back
One-arm dumbbell row
Dumbbell pullover
Dumbbell shrug
Getting a Lower-Back Workout
Working Out Your Chest
Dumbbell chest press
Incline chest fly
Getting a Great Shoulder Workout
Dumbbell shoulder press
Lateral raise
Front raise
Back delt fly
External rotation
Targeting Your Arms
Concentration curl
Triceps kickback
Bench dip
Wrist curl and reverse wrist curl
Working Out the Lower Body

Standing calf raise
Chapter 5: Calming Your Mind and Body for Better Golf
Using Yoga for Mental Balance
Deep relaxation: The corpse posture
Afternoon delight
Magic triangles
Breathing Your Way to a Better Mental State
Reaping the benefits of high-quality breaths
Relaxing with a couple of deep breaths
Breathing through your nose
Appreciating the complete yogic breath
Alternate nostril breathing
Book III: Playing Golf: The Swing and the Short Game
Chapter 1: Understanding Swing Basics
Making Sense of the Golf Swing
Looking at Different Strokes
Getting the Ball in the Air
Hitting the ball
Getting the ball airborne
Generating power
Building Your Swing

Getting a grip
Completing the grip
Nailing down the stance
Considering knee flex
Deciding on ball position
Maximizing the bottom of the swing
Keeping your eyes on the ball
Observing the one-hand-away rule
Unleashing Your Swing
Making miniswings
Testing your rhythm
Getting yourself together
Selecting swing triggers: What’s a waggle?
Visualizing shots
Watching a near-perfect swing
Chapter 2: Refining Your Swing
Recognizing the Type of Golfer You Are
Establishing Your Swing Plane
Mastering checkpoints
Taking it from the top
Mirroring Great Swings and Mindsets
Chapter 3: Defining the Art of the Short Game
Exploring the Short Game

Respecting the short game
Statistically speaking
Singling out short-game shots
Giving yourself the best shot
Practicing for Short-Game Success
Recognizing the importance of practice
Developing a short-game practice plan
Keeping practice fun
Facing the Peril and the Opportunity
Reevaluating the easy
Dissecting the difficult
Tackling Variables: Terrain and Conditions
Accounting for the obvious
Sensing the subtleties
Thinking through (But Not Overthinking) Your Play
Understanding your options
Managing your goals and expectations
Playing in the subconscious
Focusing on the Target Line
Visualizing the target line
Standing close to the target line
Getting a Handle on Grip and Stance
Grasping the importance of feel

Allowing your front hand to lead
Centering on ball position
Coping With Common Misfires
Playing without purpose
Being underprepared
Using the wrong club
Aiming to displease: Shooting for the hole regardless of
the conditions
Ignoring textbook technique
Getting too far from your work
Experiencing death by deceleration
Chapter 4: Chipping Away at the Short Game
Discovering the Chip
Looking at the characteristics of chip shots
Choosing the chip over the putt
Choosing Your Chipping Tool
Contemplating the Chip
Chipping goals and expectations
Mapping out a chip-shot strategy
Hitting a Solid Chip Shot
Taking aim
Lies and secrets: Consider your ball placement
Setting up your stance
Making your move
Too Close for Comfort: Paul Runyan’s Greenside Chip

Chapter 5: Making the Pitch
Picking out the Pitch Shot
Pinning down the traits of a pitch shot
Knowing when to use a pitch shot
Choosing the Pitching Club
Thinking through the Pitch
Setting goals and expectations
Planning your pitch-shot strategy
Hitting a Solid Pitch Shot
Determining your flight plan and velocity
Setting up your stance
Taking a swing
Making adjustments
Relax — and practice!
Pitching a Fit: Complications
Pitching over water hazards and bunkers
Pitching high and low
Pitching from a bare, tight lie
Pitching from deep grass
Pitching from uneven lies
Chapter 6: Putting: The Final Frontier
Appreciating the Putt

Doing the math
Preparing for putting’s mind games
Getting in your opponent’s head
Setting Putting Goals and Expectations
Holing putts in two: A good goal
Meeting your expectations
Letting go of the misses
Picking Your Perfect Putter
Your stroke shape dictates your putter
Thinking about fit
Meeting MOI
Building Your Putting Stroke
Getting a putting grip
Putting posture: Stand and deliver
Perfecting Your Putt
Matching your putt to your full swing
Getting up to speed
Targeting a line
Swinging the flatstick
Addressing the Art of Aiming
The eyes like lines
The need for speed
Points of the roll
Reading the Break of the Greens

Examining all angles
Closing your eyes
Spilling a bucket of water
Looking into the hole
Watching other players’ putts
Sidesaddling Up: Face-on Putting
Chapter 7: Bunkers: Playing in Golf’s Sandbox
Tackling the Bunker
Getting your mind out of the bunker
Building a better bunker shot
Setting your bunker goals
Exploring the Sand Wedge’s Bounce Effect
Hitting Effective Bunker Shots
Assessing the sand variables
Choosing your club
Raising clubface awareness
Taking your stance
Picking a target and taking aim
Taking a sand-sweeping swing
Coping with Troubled Lies
Negotiating uphill and downhill lies
Extracting the fried egg: Buried lies
Facing steep situations
Chapter 8: Short-Game Strategies
Waging a Ground Campaign

Knowing when to go low
Choking down for a knockout knock-down
Staying Low: Pitching and Running
Taking aim
Selecting your club
Getting into your stance
Taking your swing
Discovering the Famed Texas Wedge
Holding the Green
Pulling the Pin . . . or Leaving It In?
From off the green
From on the green
Pulling Out Your Putting Strategies
Settling on a style
Make it or break it
Lag it or flag it
Watching your speed
Conquering speedy breaks
Defeating the yips
Flipping the Flop
Choosing to hit a flop shot
Playing a flop shot
Seeing the flop shot’s dark side
Considering your other options
Going With an Unconventional Strategy

Chipping with a 3-wood
Putting from bunkers
Putting without a putter
Playing from a cart path
Bellying the wedge
Splishing after you splash
Hitting lefty (or righty)
Rehearsing the unconventional
Book IV: Rules and Etiquette
Chapter 1: Understanding Penalties, Handicaps, and
Dealing with Penalty Shots
Taking a drop
Out of bounds
Unplayable lies
Water hazards
Lateral water hazards
Strike one! The dreaded whiff
Making Sense of Golf’s Handicap System
Getting a handicap
Calculating your handicap
Understanding what your handicap means
Keeping Score Without Fear
Marking a scorecard
Match play

Stroke play
Chapter 2: Comprehending Course Etiquette
Using Your Manners: Knowing the Right Way to Play
Minding your mouth and your movements with your
Showing courtesy to other players
Respecting the pros and course staff
Playing It Safe
Timing Is Everything
Caring for the Course
Playing Well with Others
When you’re the worst in your group
When you’re not the worst
When you’re stuck with a jerk
Knowing How to Play Different Courses
Mastering municipal course basics
Playing at a high-end course
Teeing it up at a private club
Doing it right at driving ranges
Staying on course at putting greens
Visiting other practice facilities
Taking Part in Tournaments
Going with Tradition: Utilizing Caddies
More than a strong back: Respecting the caddie’s role
Following the trends

Tipping Gracefully
Chapter 3: Gamesmanship, Sportsmanship, and Special Golf
You Bet: Gambling on Your Golf Match
Knowing common bets and how to win them
Negotiating strokes at the first tee
Conceding putts: “That one’s good”
Showing Off Your Match-Play Smarts
Minding Your Manners When Golf is All Business
Playing golf with your clients
Playing golf with your boss
Playing golf with your coworkers
Surviving a Pro-Am
Chapter 4: Fan Etiquette
Searching for Live Golf
High school golf
College tournaments
USGA events
Professional tours
The PGA Tour
Behaving Appropriately at Golf Tournaments
Making the Most of Tour Spectating
Deciding what day (or days) to attend the event
Knowing how to interact with players

Actively seeking autographs
Avoiding fan faux pas
Book V: Hitting the Course
Chapter 1: Step Right Up: Prepare to Play!
Limbering Up Before You Play
Loosening the legs
Working the upper arms and shoulders
Stretching out your back and torso
Readying your wrists and forearms
Preparing before a Round
Warming up your swing
Warming up under the gun
Trying Out First-Tee Tactics
Tactic 1: Don’t be a sucker
Tactic 2: Think before you drive
Tactic 3: It’s easy as one, two, three
Beating the first-tee jitters
Deciding which Format You Should Play
Chapter 2: Keeping Your Head in the Game
Regrouping When the Wheels Come Off Your Game
Regaining your tempo
Overcoming analysis paralysis
Getting out of the blame game

Coping With the Pressure
Accepting the fear
Ignoring the result
Pacing your swing with a phrase
Visualizing the Shot
Staying Positive
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Keep your confidence
Chapter 3: Finding Creative Ways to Practice Golf
Understanding the Importance of Practice
Fitting your life into your busy practice schedule
Practicing like you play
Shoring Up Your Short Game
Having a game plan for your short-game practice
Spending time on the green
Riding the Range
Standing up for balance
Becoming a one-armed bandit
Tuning your swing with music
Surf and Turf: Practicing in the Sand and on the Green
Bunker board
Chalk talk
Trench warfare

Dowel drill
Home Improvement: Working on Your Game off the Course
Stretching your putting skill
Weighing in on weights
Mirror, mirror: Checking your alignment
The Games People Play: Keeping Practice Interesting
Pitching for Dollars
Horse-ing around
Bingo Bango Bongo (Jingles)
Eight in a Row
First to Make Five
Chapter 4: Stepping Up Your Game
Shifting from Novice to Greatness
Surveying Strategic Stroke-Savers
Minimizing trouble
Knowing when to be a hero
Taking one more club
Seeking help from the pros
Channeling the Golf Champions
Book VI: Easy Fixes for Common Faults
Chapter 1: Solving Common Problems
Using Your Head for Better Golf
Swinging Into Action: Swing Faults

Slicing and hooking
Hitting from the top
The reverse pivot
Swaying off the ball
The belly-button twist
A swing that’s too short
A swing that’s too long
Tackling Tee Trouble
Popping up your tee shots
Suffering from a power outage
Getting Solid Ball Contact
Topping the ball
Avoiding the worm burner
Duffing and thinning chip shots
Worrying about backspin
Missing the Target
Spraying the ball
Avoiding Shanks and Point-Blank Misses
Missing too many short putts
Chapter 2: Recovering from Bad Breaks and Bad Weather
Overcoming the Scenery

Getting out of a rough spot
Tackling tree trouble
Making Special Shots
Altitude adjustment
Uneven lies
Digging out of divots
Hang Onto Your Hat: Handling High Winds
Swingin’ in the Rain
Packing the right equipment
Wet course conditions
Weathering the Seasonal Elements
Swinging into spring
Heading into hot summer swings
Having a ball in the fall
Winterizing your game
Appendix: Golf Talk
Cheat Sheet



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