Most golfers agree that the game is more mental than it is physical. The average golfer spends too little time learning how to "play the game." Playing the game means understanding your shot tendencies and accurately predicting what the ball is going to do after you strike it. It"s not about changing your swing mid-round or trying out the latest band-aid-it"s about playing smart with the swing you already have.
In Play Golf the Pebble Beach Way, Laird Small, Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, guides you through the 18 holes of the Pebble Beach Golf Links as if he was on your bag, teaching you how to improve your score by changing your mental approach to the game and answering key questions such as:
•How do you manage first-tee jitters?
•What questions should you ask yourself before every approach shot?
•How do you read tricky lies and get out of trouble?
•How can you think like an architect?
•How do you bounce back after a bad hole?
Small shares anecdotes and lessons he learned from some of the greatest champions in golf-including Nicklaus, Watson, Palmer, Miller, and Woods-and how they navigated their way around this storied course. From Nicklaus" famous 1-iron to the 17th green at the 1972 U.S. Open to Watson"s remarkable chip-in on the same hole 10 years later, you"ll hear their stories as well as how these legends pulled off each shot, and what they were thinking.
After reading Play Golf the Pebble Beach Way, golfers will not only be ready to play Pebble Beach, they"ll have the tools necessary to shoot their lowest scores ever without having to wade through hundreds of complicated terms and swing details. The book teaches golfers how to play better golf using their own authentic swing while having more fun doing it.
Laird Small has been the Director of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy since 1996 and is one of the country"s most highly respected instructors. He is one of GOLF Magazine"s "Top 100 Teachers in America," one of Golf Digest"s "Top 50 Teachers in America," and was named the 2003 PGA Teacher of the Year. Small and his wife, Honor, are the parents of two boys, Riley and Emmett.
David Allen"s 20 years as a sportswriter and editor include stints with GOLF, Golf for Women, and TheGolfChannel.com. He has co-authored several previous books, including Golf Annika"s Way with Annika Sorenstam.
4 colour photos throughout