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Golf for dummies.
McCord, Gary.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Foster City, Calif. : IDG ; London : Transworld, 1999.
Physical Description:
400 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: 1996.
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Golf is a simple game. You have a bunch of clubs and a ball. You have to hit the ball with a club into a series of holes laid out in the middle of a large, grassy field. As simple as it is, many people believe golf is the hardest game in the world. If you're like most golfers, you play the sport for fun, relaxation, and a chance to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you're like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, or Tiger Woods, you get to do all that - and make a gazillion dollars to boot!

Golf for Dummies, 2nd Edition, is a valuable tool for men and women of all ages who want to know more about golf or improve their game. Whether you're new to golf or a long-time duffer, this updated version of the bestselling 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

Discover how to take strokes off your game by improving the technique of your swing with step-by-step photos. Then master the all important putt to even better your score. Golf For Dummies, 2nd Edition, also covers the following topics and more:

How to choose your golf balls and clubs Getting and staying in golf shape Getting the most from your lessons Where to play and who to play with Developing your own swing Putting, chipping, and pitching Special shots, conditions, and considerations

Author and CBS television golf analyst Gary McCord is a PGA Senior Tour champion and a golf instructor to many celebrities.

Author Notes

Gary McCord was born in San Gabriel, California on May 23, 1948. He was a professional golfer who never won a title over his twenty-three year career. He did finish second in the 1977 Greater Milwaukee Open. After competing in the 1986 Colonial Invitational, he approached a CBS producer and offered to look at their approach to its golf coverage in exchange for a week's room and board. They took him up on his offer and a week later, he was handed a headset at the 16th hole tower and was told he was a commentator.

He wrote Golf for Dummies with John Huggan and Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists. He has written several instructional articles in national golf magazines and writes a weekly America Online article for iGolf. He appeared as himself in the movie Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner and Don Johnson. He runs a golf school in Scottsdale, Arizona with Peter Kostis that is called the Kostis/McCord Learning Center.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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 Other Golf Stuff
Chapter 17 Golf on TV
Chapter 18 Golf Online
Part VI The Part of Tens
Chapter 19 Ten Timeless Golf Tips
Chapter 20 Gary's Ten Favorite Courses
Chapter 21 Gary's Ten Favorite Public Courses
Chapter 22 Gary's Top Ten All-Time Favorite Male Players
Chapter 23 Gary's Top Ten All-Time Favorite Female Players
Chapter 24 The (More Than) Ten Most Horrendous Golf Disasters
Part VII Appendixes
Appendix A Golfspeak
Appendix B Golf Organizations

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