When you take your game to the course, do you want to swing like a pro?
Are you a ‘Feel’ Golfer? Then best stay clear of this book!
Or are you (like me), a golfer who loves all of the technical elements of the golf swing?
If so, then this is a must have Golf Swing Book for your collection. In fact, without a doubt my favorite golf book of all time is the excellent ‘Swing Like A Pro’, by Dr. Ralph Mann and Fred Griffin. Published in 1998 after 17 Years of detailed research.
However, a word of caution…This is probably not the book for you if you are new to the game of golf. If though, you have a reasonable understanding of your golf swing then this may be the book to take you to the next level.
What this book will do is dispel many of the golf “Myths” that you will read (or hear) from other sources. Myths such as…..
Impact position is the same as address position. (Even Tiger makes this claim in his excellent book ‘How I Play Golf’). Swinging in a barrel, Arms stay connected. Arms lead the swing. The Neutral Grip. Swing Plane theory etc….Yes, all these myths and more are scientifically proven to be untrue.
In order to write this book, Dr. Mann computer analyzed the swings of more than a 100 PGA and LPGA tour players. So their computer generated model includes Al Geiberger’s swing, Payne Stewart’s swing, Jack Nicklaus’s Swing, Davis Love III’s swing…to name a few.
They computer analyzed every part of the body, through every part of the swing. What transpired from their findings was that, the transitional move from Backswing to downswing, is THE magic moment in a golf swing.
To quote, “The transition move (the change of direction from backswing to downswing), is the one movement in golf in which the Pro and the amateur golfer differ dramatically. If there is an aspect of the full swing that can be labeled the chief determinant of distance, accuracy, and consistency, the transition move is it.”…..
So if you didn’t realize that your hips should be moving forwards, starting the downswing while your arms, hands and clubhead are still moving backwards to the top of the swing, then this book is a must read.
The book has excellent drills for every element of the golf swing. Backed up with hundreds of detailed photo’s and 175 animated 3D stills of the computer generated pro to further enhance
As I said earlier though, read this one at your peril. It’s very technical.
In fact, if you haven’t read Ben Hogan’s 5 Lessons yet. Then this may be a better suggestion to read, before you delve into the pages of ‘Swing Like A Pro’.