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Golf past 50
Chmiel, David, 1961-
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2001]

Physical Description:
xix, 158 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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GV966.5 .C46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV966.5 .C46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Golf greats like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer provide a daily reminder--there is life after 50 on the golf course. In fact, these top pros and thousands of other 50-and-over players are finding that with the right preparation, the golden years can be some of the most successful and enjoyable they've ever had on the greens and fairways.

Golf Past 50 offers practical advice and professional insights for those players who want to continue to enjoy golf and play it successfully throughout their lives. Written by two experts at Senior Golfer magazine, the book discusses golf fundamentals, fitness and flexibility, breakthroughs in equipment technology, and keeping the game fun.

In Golf Past 50 , readers will learn how to:

- match equipment with their golf goals and playing style,
- lower scores through proper course management,
- develop a smoother putting stroke,
- improve stroke consistency and accuracy,
- overcome the yips (mental breakdowns during putting), and
- take a fuller swing to get more distance out of shots.

Featured in the book are dozens of lessons, tips, and drills from Senior Tour pros like Hale Irwin, Graham Marsh, Jim Colbert, Larry Nelson, and Bob Duval. Through anecdotes and step-by-step instruction, they cover everything from balance and backswing to driving strategy and putting.

With Golf Past 50 , players 50 and over can rest assured that their best golf lies ahead.

Golf Past 50 is part of the Ageless Athlete Series published by Human Kinetics, designed to help readers stay active and feel younger every day.

Author Notes

David Chmiel is editor in chief of Senior Golfer magazine, a national publication geared toward golfers 50 and over. Previously, he served as managing editor of Golf Pro magazine, where he wrote news features and opinion pieces and edited other writers' contributions to the magazine. A graduate of Temple University, David holds a BA in English. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association, and the International Network of Golf. He was awarded the Neal Award by the American Business Press for his story, "Cash and Carry," which appeared in Golf Pro magazine in September 1993. In his leisure time, David enjoys playing golf and basketball, participating in other sports, reading, listening to music, and doing home repair. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Dr. Kevin Morris is the managing editor of features at Senior Golfer magazine. He has a doctorate in physical education and sports and is a visiting lecturer at Boston University. He is a member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. A resident of Bronxville, New York, Kevin enjoys playing golf and visiting his family in New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Checking Your Swing
The Grip
Stance and Alignment
The Backswing
Weight Transfer and Balance
The Impact Position
Chapter 2 Getting Some Extra Distance
The Setup
The Backswing
The Downswing
Making Solid Contact
Following Though
Chapter 3 Zeroing In on the Short Game
Who Wants a Better Score?
The Pitch
The Bump and Run
The Flop Shot
The Texas Wedge
The Lob Shot
The Lob Wedge
Chapter 4 Conquering the Greens
The Importance of Putting
Contact Sport
Speed and Direction
Drills and Preparation
The Right Cross?
Model Citizens
Don't Get Jumpy
The Dread Disease
Chapter 5 Managing the Course
Driving Strategy
Your Approach
Think Like an Architect
Full Shots and Half Shots
Chapter 6 Choosing the Right Equipment
You Can't Buy a Game... Or Can You?
Bend but Don't Break
Chapter 7 Practicing for Perfection
Shot Routine
Short-Game Problem Solving
Chapter 8 Fueling Up
Protein: How Much
Hydration: The Importance of Fluids
Chapter 9 Keeping the Fun in the Game
You Against Yourself and the Course
Mechanical Minds
Analyzing Your Game
Building Your Confidence
Trying New Skills
Taking a Break
Smelling the Flowers