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I took the Dave Pelz 3 day short-game course a few years ago, and got great benefit from it. As helpful as that was, I found this book to be a big additional assist. It explained the Pelz principles better than the school did, and it also looks like he has learned quite a few things since I took the school. There's a lot to learn about the short game, and it is helpful to have this as a reference. If you don't know if you want to get his videos or attend one of his courses, this is also a good introduction.
I found out about Dave Pelz by accident. I was playing golf one day at La Quinta with a woman who hit one amazing pitch shot after another close to the pin. The rest of her game was below average, so I asked her where she had picked up the pitching game. She told me that she had just finished Dave Pelz's short game school at PGA West and said it had helped her a lot. Remembering that caused me to take the course.
Dave Pelz is the ultimate golf engineer. He measures everything, and that has led to new learning. For example, he has found that 60-65% of all shots occur within 100 yards of the hole. More importantly, "about 80% of the shots golfers lose topar occur within 100 yards." In further measurements, he noticed that the largest errors in missing the target occur with wedges (for amateurs and pros). These misses are usually in distance, rather than left and right variance.
From these observations, Pelz developed a four wedge system with 3 lengths of backswing that will give you much more distance precision with wedges within 100 yards. The reason this important relates to putting. Almost all 2 foot putts are made, but pros only make half of the 10 foot putts (amateurs do worse). Beyond 10 feet, the odds drop way off. This means that if you can get your wedge shot to within 10 feet you have a good chance of finishing the hole in one less stroke.
I still haven't converted to four wedges, but reading the book convinced me that I should. I didn't realize how much scoring I was missing with only 3. I can get the ball to 15 feet most of the time, and then 2 putt. Maybe I'll get that extra wedge today and get a lot closer.
There's a lot of other good information on sand shots, chipping, trouble shots of all kinds (including how to hit the ball out from under water and stay reasonably dry).
You'll need more than this book to really improve though. If you like the book, you should begin doing the drills in the back. I would suggest you also try the videos. If that is all helping, consider the golf school. You will get a lot of individualized diagnosis of your weaknesses and instruction on how to improve. I still refer to the notes I got, and find them helpful. One strength of the book is that it has a measurement exercise in it that you can use to diagnose the weaknesses in your short game, so that you can concentrate on those parts of the book that will help you the most with your practice.
If you are like most golfers, you love to belt the ball. That's great, but I'm sure you've heard the old saying "Drive for show, and putt for dough." This book will add the perspective of the short game as essential to that dough as well. You'll have to give up two long clubs (he makes recommendations) to put those two extra wedges in your bag.
Use this book to overcome your stalled thinking about how to improve your golf game. Despite better equipment and balls and a lot of instruction, the score of the average golfer hasn't improved in the last 30 years. With the Pelz approach that can change.
As much as I liked this book, I liked his new book, Dave Pelz's Putting Bible, even more. I strongly recommend that you read that one as well. You can implement it without attending the Pelz course. These two books are the first two in a planned series of four. I'm looking forward to the rest of them.
Donald Mitchel
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am 17. Juni 1999
I have long been a fan of Dave Pelz' teachings. Maybe it is the engineer in me. He has applied scientific inquiry and statistics to the scoring games (chipping and putting) for about 40 years. In this very readable textbook, he presents all of his accumulated knowledge and study of the short game. It is both technical and down to earth. Superbly organized, this book can truely offer new insights to a PGA tour pro or teach a novice the basics of one of the most important games in golf. The teaching technique not only tells you what you must do for each type of shot, but explains WHY you must do it that way, and PROVES why this is so. These explanations make a lasting impression which the reader can carry to the practice tee and the golf course.
This is a must read for every player interested in lower scores. I can't wait until the rest of this 4 book series are in print.
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am 11. Juni 2000
As a graduate engineer and another NASA scientist, I can vouch for the science that lies behind Pelz's book, but I'm sure most potential readers know that Pelz is the real thing in that respect. The book itself impressed me in three ways:
1. It isn't written for scientists, just golfers. He provides all the information you need to make your own game better, but avoids the physics that underlie the advice. Pelz saves that level of science for the journals.
2. This is a textbook, not a teaser. After telling you what you should try to achieve with each type of shot, he goes into the greater detail you start wanting as soon as you actually start to practice a technique. Things like how much difference in roll distance you should expect between a lob wedge, a pitching wedge, and a nine iron for the same pitch distance.
Most "tips" sound good, but leave you wondering why they aren't quite working when you get to the course. Pelz starts you out with the basics of each technique and then follows through with the details you need to really use it on a course.
3. He avoids the "genius" techniques that some folks love to describe. His techniques work for people who are not born artists with a club, and even those of us who lack a spare thirty hours a week to practice the short game. (The amazing number of pros who go to his schools testifies to the value of his advice when you actually do have time to practice<g>.)
This is scoring golf for the rest of us. I'm not Seve, nor are most people. Pelz describes techniques that are more likely to work than not on any given swing because the physics of the swing are in favor of success.
An Excellent book. It should be in the library of any golfer who ever accepts a two-dollar Nassau.
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am 16. Juni 2000
Being a practicing engineer, I have a strong affinity for anything Dave Pelz produces. Granted, not everyone has a penchant for statistics, graphs and endless analysis, but Pelz is so good at presenting this material and then concisely summarizing it for the person uninterested in the numbers. Regardless, the number speak volumes, and Pelz has compiled an impressive statement justifying the importance of the Short Game.
I happen to work at a golf retail store once a week, and I get so frustrated with golfers spending thousands of dollars on drivers and irons, when three wedges, a putter, and a book are all you need to automatically lower your scores (drastically)! I know, I read half the book and started practicing what Pelz preaches. Within a week, I started knocking strokes off my handicap. At first, I felt I was just hot with the wedges and putter, but it continued through the end of the season.
One of the few complaints I have deals with the amount of information presented. Then again, this is the "Bible". I also found some inconsistency in the illustrations and photos--minor detail that certainly doesn't affect the content. Lastly, I had some difficulty attempting his lob shot. Pelz has a slightly different approach at "lobbing" the ball and I did not produce the results that a slightly more risky technique produced (then again, maybe I am doing it wrong).
One word of advice, though, "You have to practice!" Simply reading this book will point out some interesting facts that will lower scores, but to really see the handicap plummet, you need to invest some time. Then this game becomes fun!
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am 28. März 2000
This book is a masterpiece. However, be forewarned. "Feel" and "hands" players will be forced to leave their prior comfort zones if they wish to transform their games. Dave Pelz does not corrupt the "fundamentals", (although he does challenge some myths), in developing his system for attacking the short game. Even "feel" players will have fun with Dave's analysis of the impact of each of the "five games" especially the long game on one's score. The Trevino/Miller anecdote is especially revealing. My personal experience has been completely positive. Prior to reading the book and as a single digit amateur, I searched constantly to "perfect" my long game swing.(The short game test at the back of the book, was at once enlightening and humiliating. On some tests, I was no better than a beginner...and I routinely have scored in the low 80's/high 70's for years).
Finally, my short game shots have undergone a dramatic transformation. I now hit quality shots from within 120 yards under a variety of conditions, a majority that stop within one-putt distance. I even "back up" short pitches on occasion, (I don't understand the physics of how, since I am swinging with less force...therefore, should not be imparting as much spin...but it's true). If you are interested in improving your scoring, this book is the only one you need on the short game. It is far and away the most comprehensive ever written, (and I own all the others). Enjoy it.
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am 3. August 1999
There is no question, as others have already asserted, that this book is the most helpful teaching aid I have ever come across. To demonstrate what I am talking about let me share what happened after just two weeks of practicing my distance wedges:
I was about 48 yards from the green and lying 3 on a par 4. Between me and the pin was a 12 yard wide bunker about 8 yards from the pin. And to top it off the green sloped away from the bunker putting the hole on a down slope.
I knew from reading this book that:
1) My 7:30 sand wedge (Cleveland RTG) flies about 42 yards. 2) When the ball hit the down slope of the green it would jump off at twice the angle. 3) The only way to get the ball to stop remotely close was to put some spin on it (something I never could do).
As I prepared to address my ball I found I was on a hardpan lie and I knew from this book that I should be able to get a great deal of spin from such a shot. So I confidently stood over the ball and gave it my best 7:30 swing. I made crisp, solid contact with the ball and it flew off my club with a little lower trajectory than normal - I played it a little farther back so I was sure to "pinch" it on contact. The ball cleared the top of the bunker by a yard or two, bounced about 3 or 4 yards forward and then proceeded to back up about 4 feet! It was incredible! And yes I made the putt for par.
This shot would have never been possible for me had I not read this book.
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am 26. Mai 2000
Pelz's tome on the short game (strokes from 100 yards and in, excluding putting in this case) is thick, thorough, well written, and well illustrated. But ... it lacks something that his earlier book, Putt Like the Pros, had.
Perhaps it's that The Short Game Bible isn't a very dense book. True, it covers full shots, finesse shots, chipping, bunker play, and other topics, but it seems to take too many pages and too many words. Corey Pavin's shotmaking book lacks the quantitative backbone of this book, but on the other hand, it covers significantly more territory in significantly fewer pages.
Another issue is that I suspect not too many players are really going to adopt Pelz's 4 wedge system. On its face it's impractical for a number of reasons--lack of practice facilities for "calibrating" ones swing among the foremost of those reasons.
But ... these aren't major problems. Pelz's basic advice is totally sound. Furthermore, his emphasis on practicing and mastering shots inside 100 yards is right on. Following even a portion of his advice will improve any golfer's game.
Highly recommended, even though I think the book is a bit too well padded at times.
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am 21. Januar 2000
Great instructional book for those wanting to shoot in the low 80s or breaking 80 3 out of 4 times. The 3X4 method improved my confidence that I will get the ball close, even when I miss the green. This has the effect of being aggressive with the irons and knowing that you'll still be able to make par. After reading the book, practicing and calibrating my wedges (I now play 5 wedges!), I have brought my handicap index from 13.2 to 8.8 in one month! It took a month to get used to the new grip, swing and the calibration. The improvement in my game and the bets I've won paid for this book 10 times over. Now that's what I got from the book.
Here's what's in it: First, there's lots of data regarding why the short game is important. Data on where golfers miss in the irons vs wedges. There are snipets of humor to emphasize his points. If you want to get the most at the shortest time, jump into the 3X4 system. Read the rest of the book at your own leisure and if statistical data turns you on.
Finally, if putting is your problem, try Peltz' "Putt Like a Pro." That's another must read book for those who can't average less than 31 putts a round.
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am 20. Februar 2000
This is far and away the best instructional book in golf, not to mention the short game on which this book is all about. No more "half swings" or "partial swings" which in my experience golfers tend to decelerate on because a lack of confindence in swing strength. The 3x4 system is absoluteley the best way to KNOW you have the right club and the swinging the right speed to get it to the pin. Book covers every concievable lie and ball position needed for that lie. Also shows how to "plan" your shot with type of grass, direction of grain and landing surface. Because of the length and the need to "study" this book I would only recommend it to golfers who are serious about their game. Short game was weakest part of my game but after only a month with this book it has become my strongest, its that fast. Went from an 18 handicap index to a 12.
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am 2. Juni 2000
This book is definitely a mixed bag. On one hand, it thoroughly covers nearly every short game shot that exists (water shots, anyone?), which is a good thing. However, Dave Pelz, though obviously blessed with the gift of intelligence, is extremely long-winded. For each page of actual instruction, there seems to be two pages of diagrams and explanations as to how/why the ball reacts the way it does to his techniques. Honestly, I'd rather read a compacted version of this book and be able to quickly refer to a specific type of shot whenever I'd need to than study a documentary on physics with some golf thrown in. Too often I found myself glancing over words and turning pages rather than absorbing the material. Don't get me wrong, this book is certainly worth the money and it will save you strokes, but don't expect to read it for more than an hour at a time without getting bored.
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