Picks and Pans Review: Bad Golf My Way
by Leslie Nielsen & Henry Beard
Most weekend golfers own at least a dozen instruction books, collected as gifts and usually barely skimmed. But two new books deserve more: Extraordinary Golf (Putnam, $19.95), by California instructor Fred Shoemaker and his golfing brother Pete, stresses the mystical over the mechanical, ignoring swing tips and quick fixes in favor of such New Age concepts as "embracing the chaos" and "increasing awareness." Learning to appreciate the beauty of golf, they say, will turn results-obsessed duffers into process-oriented free-swingers. The result is a liberating lesson on how to truly game—and play better.
Bad Golf My Way (Doubleday, $19.95), spun off actor Nielsen's Bad Golf videos, examines neglected facets of the game like the Do-Over, the Twenty-Foot Gimme Putt and the all-important Velcro Rip (a way to distract your opponent by taking off your glove while he's putting). His silly tips on how to get out of sand bunkers (use a "Hand Wedge") and "find" a lost ball (drop a new one) will make your next round seem like kid's play.
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