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Performance Golf

Developing and Perfecting Your Golf Game
by Gerald A. Walford & Gerald E. Walford

Format: 8½ x 11 inch trade paperback
Description: 176 pages text with 48 black & white illustrations
ISBN: ISBN 1-892495-33-3
Price: US $24.95
  • Selecting the best equipment for your use
  • Advanced techniques
  • The role of vision, imagery, and reflexes
  • Analyzing your golf game
  • Making your golf ball know what you’re doing
  • Optimizing your mental strategies for golf
  • Enlightenment and nature’s flow in golf
  • The spiritual side of golf

This book will teach you a thing or two about swinging a club for a perfect shot.

About the book

Performance Golf offers a systematic approach to developing a golfer’s overall technique, while encouraging a personal style. Covered are both the "mechanical," or physical, elements and the equally important mental aspects of the game. The various techniques of the game are broken down and the authors show how to improve each one by simple analysis and a step-by-step approach to implementing the suggested method or technique.

The authors effectively introduce and explain many of the less-known aspects of optimized sports performance, ranging from clear explanations of the physics of the equipment and the biomechanics of the game to neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and effective use of visualization techniques. The book is suitable for all levels of golf players, from beginners to advanced players.

About the authors

Gerald A. Walford, Ph.D. is a long-time professional golf player and PGA teacher. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology of Sports from the University of Maryland and currently teaches at the Physical Education Department of Allice Lloyd College, Pippa Pass, Kentucky and at the Holiday Valley Resort Adult Golf School in Ellicottsville, New York.

Gerald E. Walford, M.Sc. is a licensed specialist in school psychology for the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, Buda, Texas.

Table of Contents
Part I. Golf and the Laws of Science
1. The Physics and Biomechanics of the Golf Swing
2. The Physics of Golf Equipment

Part II. Using the Senses for Learning
3. Evolution of the Golf Swing
4. The Role of Vision and Nonvision in Learning the Golf Swing and Putt
5. The Use and Misuse of Imagery, Reflexes, and Learning
6. Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Golf

Part III. All About the Golf Swing
7. Mechanics of the Golf Swing
8. Learning the Swing
9. The Twin Pendulum
10. Science of the Short Game

Part IV. The Mental Aspects of the Game
12. Golf Strategy: The Percentage Game
13. Mental Strategies for Golf

Part V. Advanced Techniques
14. Does Your Golf Ball Know What Your Body Is Doing?
15. The Practice Swing Is Always Better
16. Don’t Aim
17. Don’t Hit the Ball Straight
18. Club Selection 19. The Role of  the Right Elbow
20. Analyzing Your Game
21. Golf Drills for Feel
22. Practice Workbook

Part VI. The Spiritual Side of Golf
23. Golf and Life: The Final Stage
24. Enlightenment
25. The Tao: Nature’s Flow of Golf

Appendix: The Rules of Golf
Chart 1. What a golfer may and may not do
Chart 2. Water hazard, lateral water hazard, unplayable lie, lost, and out of bounds
Chart 3. Obstructions–artificial/man-made
Chart 4. Lifting and cleaning the ball
Chart 5. Line of putt
Chart 6. Casual water, ground under repair, hole, cast, or runway
Chart 7. Lifts, drops, redrops, and placing ball
Chart 8. Loose Impediments, natural objects
Chart 9. Ball moved, deflected, or stopped
Chart 10. Lie, area of swing, and line of play
Chart 11. Practice
Chart 12. Match and stroke play


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