A Backward Approach to Learning Golf…Or Is It?


Author: Jeffrey W. Kern

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Release Date: 3/27/13



*I was sent this book for review from the author*

Goodreads Synopsis:

Golf Made Easy! begins with all the basic knowledge you need to know about the game. This how-to book provides the A to Z for golf aficionados in a logical, simple and fun way. It describes a typical golf course, different types of clubs, ball selection, different types of the game, and some basic golf course terminology. It then transitions to stretching and exercise, which is important on the course. These easy-to-perform basic exercises can help save several strokes off your score! Learn about putting, chipping, pitching and the full stroke performed with irons, which leads into the big long drive. Amaze your golfing buddies by making some basic specialty shots that are also easy to learn. The basics are presented with putting being first. This goes against all traditional methods of teaching, where driving is taught first. Since half the game is putting, why not learn it first? Plus, it’s fun to be able to put the ball in the hole on your first lesson! Other basics covered are fitting your clubs to get the most out of them by making the clubs personally fit you, and you’ll also get a quick overlook of the rules and etiquette of the game. Take some practice drills and you’ll be all ready in no time for the greens. Fore! Jeffrey W. Kern was born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Wisconsin is listed by “Golf Digest” as the fourth best golf state in the U.S. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, home of some of the most lush, beautiful and exotic golf courses in the world. Publisher’s website: http: //sbpra.com/JeffreyWKern

My Thoughts:

I don’t believe I have ever mentioned this on my blog, but I started playing golf last year! It really is a lot of fun (coming from someone who is as extraordinarily nonathletic as myself, that means a lot). So, what does a book nerd who is trying to learn a sport do? That’s right, join the related Goodreads group. I joined a golf group on Goodreads and I saw one of the members had asked for reviewers to read his instructional book about golf. Despite his request being written a while prior to when I had read the post, I still asked if he would like me to review his book.To this, he graciously responded saying that he would love to give me an electronic copy for review, which brought me here. So, now that you read (or skimmed) the back story, let’s get into the review!

      One thing I loved about this book was the pictures. For almost every-if not all-of the topics covered Mr. Kern included helpful photographs and diagrams that allowed me to visualize what he was saying. This book was very short and to the point. It was small in page count, but the author packed a lot of information into each page. Because Kern was trying to teach the reader using a specific method, it would be fruitful (which, now that I think about it is an extremely odd word-fruitful, full of fruit…sorry, I’m writing this at one in the morning…) to read the book in order. I was guilty of skipping a chapter on club fitting because I already have my clubs. Anyway, the book very much appealed to all sorts of learning styles. He used visual references, suggestions for hands on practice, and lists of terms. I did wish that it had a few more tips on fixing problems though. The author described how to do things quite well and gave the reader some hypothetical problems they might run into on the course, but did not really mention how to fix common issues within different aspects of the sport. In general, there were a couple things that I personally knew from having played previously which, if I had never played before and just picked the book up, I would not have learned.

      Overall, this book would be a useful supplement as a point of reference. I would not recommend relying on a book to learn golf the same way you might rely on an instructor. However, it provided a good refresher for things that I had forgotten and taught me some new skills as well.


The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17818992-golf-made-easy-a-backward-approach-to-learning-golf-or-is-it 


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