Synopses & Reviews
A round of golf takes five hours to play, but only about three minutes are spent hitting the ball. The average golfer spends the other two hundred ninety-seven minutes thinking, rethinking, and over-thinking, contemplating every aspect of his swing until the moment he finally hits the ball. Golf's reputation as a thinking-man's sport may have turned players into on-the-course philosophers, but all that navel-gazing hasn't lowered anyone's score. It may seem counterintuitive, but when you turn off your brain and play faster, you shoot lower scores. As one of the top-ranked speed golfers in the world, Christopher Smith knows this firsthand. He shot in the mid- 60s for eighteen holes on multiple occasions, playing for about forty-five minutes while using only six clubs. As a Northwest Section and Oregon Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year, he also knows how hard it is for players schooled in the tradition of the game's great thinkers to get out of their heads. In I&'ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but "Hit the Ball" Ain't One
, Smith shows you how to make quick decisions, go with your gut, and get on with the game.
Greats like Jack Nicklaus, known for out-thinking his opponents, and Tiger Woods with his unbreakable concentration, know when to rely on their critical faculties and when to let the mind/body system take over. Every thought and movement they need to play well is embedded in their brains and muscles before the game begins. When you ride a bike or park your car in a tight spot, you're using the same kind of "unconscious competency" these masters bring to their games. In this book, Smith helps you transfer that ease of movement to the golf course. Via a series of games that covers every part of the swing from the grip and setup to getting out of sand traps you'l internalize the golf swing, leaving you free to get to the ball, see the shot in your mind, and execute it.
A top instructor and coach, Smith advocates finding your own unique fundamentals of the swing plus the drills you need to turn them into second nature. The game-changing techniques in I've Got 99 Swing Thoughts but "Hit the Ball" Ain't One will turn you into a free-wheeling, react-to-the-intended-target golfer who feels the game, plays faster and better, and, your mind free of paralyzing swing thoughts, gets on with the business of hitting the ball.
Golfers are looking for down-to-earth, commonsense advice on how to play the game in a way that comes naturally to them only better and faster. Smith covers all the important bases, but gets back to the fundamentals of the game: how to hit the ball without over-thinking.
About the Author
Christopher Smith currently teaches at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon. He has written articles for Golf Digest
magazine, been nominated as one of Golf
magazine's Top 100 Instructors, and presented teaching and playing seminars for the PGA of America. He has worked for the legendary teacher and bestselling author Jim McLean, is an advisory board member with Nike Golf, and is a consultant with the Nike Fitness Centers at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.
Steve Eubanks is a former PGA golf professional and a current golf freak. He frequently writes for national publications and has authored and co-authored many books, including I Know Absolutely Nothing About Golf, At the Turn, and The Pro (with Butch Harmon). He lives in Georgia.