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Golf All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-11504-6
672 pages
March 2012
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The fun way to get a grip on every aspect of golf

Golf is a popular spectator sport, but for those who play it's a great source of low impact cardiovascular, strength, and aerobic exercise. In addition, golf is by nature a social game that provides the opportunity to meet new people. Golf All-In-One For Dummies shows you not only how to get the most physical benefit from a round of golf, but also the tools you need to truly enjoy the game.

From perfecting your swing to avoiding injuries, the proven techniques presented in this book give you everything you need to have the time of your life every time you hit the links.

  • The basics of golf
  • Details on the latest golf equipment and technology
  • Tips on how to improve the short game, including putting, chipping, and getting out of tough spots
  • Rules and etiquette that every golfer needs to know
  • Plans for keeping fit and designing workouts to improve your game
  • Mental tricks and exercises to help you succeed
  • Tips on grips, stances, and swings
  • New tips from top players on how to improve your game
  • Great new courses, tournaments, players who have changed the game, and a review of golf's greatest moments

Whether you already have some golf experience or are completely new to the game, Golf All-In-One For Dummies will have you playing like a pro in no time.

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Introduction 1

Book I: Getting Started with Golf 7

Chapter 1: Choosing Your Golf Gear 9

Chapter 2: Looking into Golf Lessons 39

Chapter 3: Exploring the World of Golf Courses 63

Book II: Focusing on Fairway Fitness 85

Chapter 1: Figuring Out Your Fitness Level 87

Chapter 2: Stretching: Flexibility and the Golfer 107

Chapter 3: Core Strength for a Better Golf Game 149

Chapter 4: Weight Training for Golfers 183

Chapter 5: Calming Your Mind and Body for Better Golf 217

Book III: Playing Golf: The Swing and the Short Game 231

Chapter 1: Understanding Swing Basics 233

Chapter 2: Refining Your Swing 263

Chapter 3: Defining the Art of the Short Game 273

Chapter 4: Chipping Away at the Short Game 295

Chapter 5: Making the Pitch 313

Chapter 6: Putting: The Final Frontier 335

Chapter 7: Bunkers: Playing in Golf’s Sandbox 369

Chapter 8: Short-Game Strategies 391

Book IV: Rules and Etiquette 425

Chapter 1: Understanding Penalties, Handicaps, and Scorekeeping 427

Chapter 2: Comprehending Course Etiquette 439

Chapter 3: Gamesmanship, Sportsmanship, and Special Golf Outings 463

Chapter 4: Fan Etiquette 481

Book V: Hitting the Course 491

Chapter 1: Step Right Up: Prepare to Play! 493

Chapter 2: Keeping Your Head in the Game 511

Chapter 3: Finding Creative Ways to Practice Golf 521

Chapter 4: Stepping Up Your Game 547

Book VI: Easy Fixes for Common Faults 555

Chapter 1: Solving Common Problems 557

Chapter 2: Recovering from Bad Breaks and Bad Weather 579

Appendix: Golf Talk 597

Index 621

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