Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine

Author: Scott Gummer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101052597

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 8055

The remarkable true story of a lone genius whose quest to unlock the science behind the perfect swing changed golf forever In 1939, Homer Kelley played golf for the first time and scored 116. Frustrated, he did not play again for six months; when he did he carded a 77. Determined to understand why he was able to shave nearly 40 strokes off his score, Kelley spent three decades of trial and error to unlock the answer and to recapture that one wonderful day when golf was easy and enjoyable. In 1969, Kelley self- published his findings in The Golfing Machine: The Computer Age Approach to Golfing Perfection. The bestselling instruction books of the day required golfers to conform their swings to the author's ideals, but Homer Kelley configured swings to fit every golfer. He found an enthusiastic disciple in a Seattle teaching pro named Ben Doyle, who in turn found an eager student in 13-year-old prodigy Bobby Clampett. Clampett's initial success in amateur golf shined a bright spotlight on Homer Kelley and The Golfing Machine, but when the young star suffered a painfully public collapse and faltered as a pro, critics were quick to blast Kelley and his complex and controversial ideas. With exclusive access to Homer Kelley's archives, author Scott Gummer paints a fascinating picture of the man behind the machine, the ultimate outsider who changed the game once and for all of us.

How to Build YOUR Golf Swing

Author: Chuck Evans

Publisher: Evansgolf

ISBN: 0974924202

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 115

View: 2945

A book that is dedicated to the improvement of all golfers regardless of their abilties. "How To Build YOUR Golf Swing" is designed to make YOU, the player, the best you can be.

Golf as Meaningful Play

Author: Walter Thomas Schmid

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498550096

Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

View: 3946

Golf as Meaningful Play is a philosophical introduction to golf as a sporting practice and source of personal meaning. It addresses topics of interest to both scholars and intellectually curious golfers, including mental aspects of play, the nature of sport, virtues of the game, and golf in film and literature.

Golfing Your Way

Author: Steven Heany

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449701598

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 80

View: 9070

1. Do you know your swing, setup and grip? 2. Do you know your swing tendencies? 3. Do you have a plan when your swing tendency shows up to haunt you? And it will. 4. Do you know yourself and your personality? 5. Do you have a plan when you get angry or frustrated? 6. Do you have a plan when bad luck happens? 7. Do you have a plan when you lose confidence? 8. How can you commit fully when you are not confident? 9. Do you react differently when someone is playing great, poorly or is rude in your group? 10. Can you focus when needed and let go when needed? 11. Do you have a plan when you find yourself trying to hard? 12. What is the zone and how do you get there? 13. Do you have a plan when distracted? 14. Do you have a plan when you become nervous or anxious? 15. Can you shut off the negative internal dialogue? I can help you answer these questions. I am sure some of these questions are new to you no matter how long you have played golf. Finding YOUR answer to each of these questions is the key to finding YOUR way.

The Poetics of Golf

Author: Andy Brumer

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803213654

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 210

View: 3487

Many golfers would agree with Andy Brumer that there is poetry in the game of golf. And Brumer is not the first to insist that there is more to the game than the superstars, swing gurus, and high-tech equipment that dominate talk of the game today. In this series of essays, Brumer, one of the most insightful writers on golf, considers the game from unexpected and often surprising angles. At once contemplative and compelling, The Poetics of Golf explores the links between golf and life by way of art and literature, philosophy and psychology. In portraits of various players?including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, and Arnold Palmer, among others?Brumer teases out the truths that their games can tell us, not just about golf, but about character and courage. And he also offers an unconventional yet enlightening look at the intricacies of the golf swing, course architecture, and golfing equipment. Finally, his book reveals to us?in its content and also in its wide-ranging, often lyrical style?that golf is by no means only a game.

Your Inner Golf Guru

Author: James Ragonnet

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 168358399X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

View: 8620

Lower your handicap and revamp your swing as you become your own best golf instructor. Conventional methodologies, which emphasize ball-striking dictated mostly by bio-mechanics and kinesiology, have failed to enhance the competencies of worn, weary, and wishful golfers. To diagnose and correct your dysfunctional swing, you must understand how your mind, brain, muscles, and club function. Your Inner Golf Guru—a new way of solving a very old problem—applies the domains of cognitive neuroscience and systems thinking to teaching and learning the game. These unlikely and overlooked domains govern your development far more than you can ever imagine. Dr. James Ragonnet offers a crash course in the following: Sharpening your thinking Rewiring your brain Developing expert movement patterns Practicing deliberately Improving rapidly Individualizing your learning Competing under pressure And that’s just the tip of the iceberg Since there’s no prescribed or ready path for all golfers, you must become a Golf Academy of one. You must think and learn on your own terms. Before you sacrifice any more time, energy, and money on dated, conventional, and narrow golf methodologies, buy and read the innovative and scientific approach in Your Inner Golf Guru—a practical guide that will change your game.

From the Inside Out

Author: I. B. Nobody

Publisher: Fulton Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1633383172

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 5402

This is an instructional manual covering the fundamentals of the golf swing, the short game, putting, and routine development. The mental game; right brain versus left brain thinking, creating a feeling storehouse, concentration in its purest form, temperament and a historical look at the greats and not so greats of the game-circa 1920 to the Tiger Woods era. Included are the individuals who influenced my development as a golfer, a caddie's view from inside the ropes, and a look at the world of golf from the inside out. Any player-no matter the skill level-hitting a golf ball does so in three steps: * sets up to the ball * swings at the ball * creates an impact This sets up this framework . . . I. Setup II. Swing III. Impact Within those roman numerals are eight fundamentals, obtained from Ben Hogan's book, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. The book, which began as a series of five articles that first appeared in the magazine Sports Illustrated on March 11, 1957, evolved into a book that was published in the latter part of 1957. You are encouraged to read or reread Five Lessons as Hogan's swing theory will become that much clearer. Each of the aforementioned eight fundamental is supported by quotes from some of the masters-Bobby Jones (who held degrees in English literature, engineering, and law), Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Bryon Nelson, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan (Snead, Hogan, and Nelson were all born within seven months of one another in 1912. Collectively, they won almost 200 PGA tour events!). Countless players were inspired by these greats-Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson; Northern California products: Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Bob Rosburg, John Brodie, George Archer, Dick Lotz, John Lotz, Ron Cerrudo, Bob Boldt, Jim Wichers, Johnie Miller, Ray Leach, Ross Randle, Roger Maltbie, Forrest Fezler, Eric Batten, transplanted golf professional Shivas Irons, and many, many other great players. Let's not forget one who competed with Jones, Hagen, et Al.: Olin Dutra. From the Inside Out also includes quotes from one of golf's finest instructor, Percy Boomer. For those that learn visually, the pictures and diagrams alone will give you a greater understanding of the golf swing. The best part of purchasing this book? Eighty-eight percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be evenly distributed to the Ben Hogan Foundation, the Jim Langley Scholarship Fund, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship fund and the First Tee Program. The other 12 percent will go to the publisher, lawyers (of course) and what's left will go to green fees and gratuities. On a personal note, this book is worth the price of admission as it will give you a real glimpse at the crown prince of Golf, Walter Hagen.

Golf's Holy War

Author: Brett Cyrgalis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147670760X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 2934

As Michael Lewis’s bestseller Moneyball captured baseball at a technological turning point, this “highly entertaining, very smart book” (James Patterson) takes us inside golf’s clash between its hallowed artistic tradition and its scientific future. The world of golf is at a crossroads. As tech­nological innovations displace traditional philosophies, the golfing community has splintered into two deeply combative factions: the old-school teachers and players who believe in feel, artistry, and imagination, and the technical minded who want to remake the game around data. In Golf’s Holy War, “an obvious hole-in-one for golfers and their coaches” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Brett Cyrgalis takes us inside the heated battle playing out from weekend hackers to PGA Tour pros. At the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California, golfers clad in full-body sensors target weaknesses in their biomechanics, while others take part in mental exercises designed to test their brain’s psychological resilience. Meanwhile, coaches like Michael Hebron purge golfers of all technical infor­mation, tapping into the power of intuitive physical learning by playing rudimentary games. From historic St. Andrews to manicured Augusta, experimental com­munes in California to corporatized conferences in Orlando, William James to Ben Hogan to theoretical physics, the factions of the spiritual and technical push to redefine the boundaries of the game. And yet what does it say that Tiger Woods has orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in sports history without the aid of a formal coach? But Golf’s Holy War is more than just a book about golf—it’s a story about modern life and how we are torn between resisting and embracing the changes brought about by the advancements of science and technology. It’s also an exploration of historical legacies, the enriching bonds of education, and the many interpretations of reality.


Author: Matt Stables

Publisher: Crowood

ISBN: 1847976387

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

View: 6257

Crowood Sports Guides provide sound, practical advice that will make you into a better sportsperson, whether you are learning the basic skills, discovering more advanced techniques or reviewing the fundamentals of your sport. Golf is the latest addition to this popular sports guide series and covers choosing the right clubs and clothing, improving your swing to hit longer and straighter shots consistently and also improving your putting, short game and bunker play. Other topics covered include; Discovering if you are flexible enough to have the golf swing you want; Learning how to make the most of your equipment; Making the best use of your practice time with fun challenges; Saving strokes through better course management and learning key mental skills. An instructional and practical guide aimed at beginners and improving golfers, Golf gives advice on choosing the right clubs and clothing, and advice on improving your swing to hit longer and straighter consistent shots, also to improve putting, short game and bunker play. Superbly illustrated with 300 colour sequenced photographs and diagrams. Matt Stables is a PGA Qualified 'AA' Golf Professional, is Today's Golfer Elite Coach and has won a number of professional tournaments.