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Golf For Dummies, UK Edition

Gary McCord, Alicia Harney (Adapted by), Alice Cooper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-119-99641-5
400 pages
February 2011
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Discover how to take strokes off your game by improving the technique of your swing with step-by-step photos and master the all- important putt to better your score.  Whether you’re new to golf or a long-time duffer, this easy-to-follow guide will get you into the swing of things by helping you to:
  • Master grip, stance, and swing
  • Fix common faults
  • Improve your putting
  • Know the score on rules and etiquette
  • Take advantage of high-tech equipment
  • Shape up with golf-specific exercises
  • Where to play in the UK and Europe
  • How to choose your golf balls and clubs
  • Getting and staying in golf shape
  • Getting the most from your lessons
  • Developing your own swing
  • Putting, chipping, and pitching
  • Special shots, conditions, and considerations
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Table of Contents



Part I: Getting Started – No, You Can’t Hit the Ball Yet.

Chapter 1: What Is Golf?

Chapter 2: The Fore! Fathers of Golf.

Chapter 3: The Gear of Golf.

Chapter 4: Getting and Staying in Golf Shape.

Chapter 5: Should I Get a Formal Education?

Chapter 6: Where to Play and Who to Play With.

Part II: You Ain’t Got a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing.

Chapter 7: Getting into the Swing of Things.

Chapter 8: Developing Your Own Swing.

Chapter 9: Putting: The Art of Rolling the Ball.

Chapter 10: Chipping and Pitching.

Chapter 11: It’s Your Sandbox: Sand Play.

Part III: Special Shots, Conditions, and Considerations.

Chapter 12: How Tough It Is: The Weird and Wonderful Shots.

Chapter 13: Common Faults and How to Fix Them.

Part IV: Taking Your Game Public.

Chapter 14: Ready, Set, Play!

Chapter 15: Rules, Etiquette, and Scoring.

Chapter 16: Gamesmanship or Good Tactics?

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Timeless Golf Tips.

Chapter 18: Alicia’s Ten Excellent Courses for Beginners.

Chapter 19: Alicia’s Ten Favourite European Courses.

Chapter 20: Gary’s Top Ten Favourite Male Players.

Chapter 21: Gary and Alicia’s Top Ten Favourite Female Players.

Chapter 22: The (More Than) Ten Most Horrendous Golf Disasters.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Golfspeak.

Appendix B: Golf Organisations.


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Author Information

Gary McCord is a PGA Senior Tour champion and commentator for CBS Sports.

Alicia Harney is travel and lifestyle editor for IPC UK's Golf Monthly magazine.

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"...this new UK edition will be appreciated by any standard golfer..." (Birmingham Post, 17th December 2005)

"If you've ever wanted to know more about golf or improve your game then this is your guide..." (The Fairway, No 107, Dec 05)

“Does exactly what it says on the tin!” (Today's Golfer, May 2008)

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