Sports Illustrated calls him "the hottest instructor in golf," GOLF Magazine rates him one of the best golf teachers in America, and Greg Norman credits him with turning around his game after Norman went two full years without a tournament win. In The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf, renowned teaching pro Butch Harmon shares the shotmaking secrets he's taught touring professionals for years, and the par-saving techniques he's learned throughout his lifetime in golf.
Is the swing the thing? To listen to the modern gurus of the game, you'd think the golf swing itself is the only thing standing between you and the low 70s. Of course, developing a sound, consistent swing is an important part of improving your game, but it's not the only, or even the most important, way to lower your scores.
In The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf, Butch Harmon teaches you how to strengthen your game by balancing four areas that are equally important to your final results: ball striking, the short game, the mental side and course management, and physical conditioning. The result is an evenly proportioned approach to mastering the whole game of golf.
Since the full swing -- ball striking -- is only one of the four cornerstones, you should spend as much time as you do on the range practicing your short game -- including putting, chipping, and pitching -- which more often than not will make the difference in saving par or making birdies. A strong mental game coupled with shrewd course management -- learning to think your way through every hole -- will lessen the damage done by your inevitable small mistakes, and can give you an added edge over the rest of your foursome. And sound physical conditioning -- daily exercises for strength and flexibility -- can help you maintain that edge, improve your practice, and even help with such difficult shots as long carries out of the rough. These four cornerstones are the key to winning golf.
Butch Harmon comes from a fine golfing tradition. His late father, Claude Harmon, Sr., was the 1948 Masters champion and a well-respected teacher in his own right. While his father never published a book of his own, Butch here passes along many of the shotmaking techniques he learned from a lifetime of watching and listening to his father teach. Butch also shares the lessons he has taught Greg Norman, Davis Love III, and Tiger Woods -- methods that have helped each of them reach the top of his game, and methods you can use to cure your own swing faults as well.
Complete with line drawings and instructional photographs, simple drills and expert tips, The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf will help you find the sound advice, helpful hints, and strong mental approach you need to play your best golf all the time. As Greg Norman writes in the foreword, "There may be more famous instructors than Butch, but none are better."...Continua