101 Games for Golf
 Why This Series is Helpful

The more I practice the luckier I get. —Gary Player
  1. We get you to play in situations that promote skill development. Most practice sessions are done off the course, and this is true with most of our games. What makes our approach unique is that our games develop the skills used in everyday golf shots with the element of competition. We give you the opportunity to use what you learned in traditional lessons in a fun atmosphere.

  2. We make practice entertaining. The simple fact is that none of our lessons or training aids will be helpful unless they help you develop a swing that becomes integrated into your golf game through practice, and practice can be boring. To help you make the shift from practice to play, our games integrate friendly competition with the skill development you get through physical rehearsal and shotmaking.

  3. We make learning fun. Remember, golf is a game. It is supremely challenging, but it is still a game—and games are for enjoyment. Drills are not fun; they are work. Drills can, and should, help you learn a basic element of a successful swing. But drills alone will not help you develop your game. They must be integrated into your full swing. Our games put drills into realistic action.

  4. We help you understand what all your clubs will do. Golfers should experiment with a variety of clubs in varied situations to develop a feel for what each can and cannot do. Putting with a driver may feel weird, but playing one of our putting games with it will give you a sense that it can do more than smack a ball off the tee.

  5. The games can be played by players at all levels. The simpler games give you needed experience without the inevitable frustration that comes with acquiring basic swing mechanics. This is a great bonus for the parent who wants to have fun with a child or for couples of differing ability levels who want to play together. Two people can play any of the basic games without skill-level differences getting in the way of having a good time.

  6. We give you solid advice so you can Practice for Improvement. Most golfing practice and range sessions can be categorized as either exercise or warm-ups. In our later chapters, we give you clear ideas about the psychology of skill-learning—and how you can use these ideas to develop specific goals and practice routines that achieve what most range sessions don’t—help you groove an automatic, repeatable golf swing.

  7. Finally, we give you a structured way to track your development. In fact, we encourage you to develop personalized golfing goals. If you use these books to develop your game, it is important to know what has to be fixed, and then develop a plan to fix it. In Chapters 9 and 10 we tell you how to do this.

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