Author(s): John Steinbreder
Imagine calling on Stanford, Yale, and Princeton and selecting their finest faculty to enlighten you on their given area of expertise-and making all that insight and information available for the price of a paperback book. John Steinbreder has done just that for the game of golf by calling on elite PGA club professionals to provide tips on everything from putting and practicing to hitting specialty shots and eliminating the slice. Learn driving from Scott Davenport of Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina; bunker shots from Bob Ford at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida; and even how to take an effective golf lesson from Suzy Whaley at River Highlands in West Hartford, Connecticut. Gene Mattare of Saucon Valley in Pennsylvania reveals the keys to better chipping and putting, while Brendan Walsh discusses the importance of being fit for your clubs and how to do it. And Darrell Kestner of the Deepdale Club on Long Island demonstrates how golfers can better compete.
Not to be overlooked, the book entertainingly concludes with a review of the best "19th holes" at some of America's most prominent links and the refreshing drinks that are served at them.
In 18 Ways to Play a Better 18 Holes, John Steinbreder has effectively captured the essence of what PGA professionals do better than anyone in the world: teach the game of golf. This book introduces you to 18 of the most talented PGA members in the country-offering tips and pointers that will make you a better player. Read it, enjoy it, and then practice, practice, practice ... and don't forget that regardless of where you live in the United States, there is a PGA member nearby waiting to help you enjoy the greatest game of all. -- Pete Bevacqua, CEO, PGA of America No one knows or understands the game of golf like a PGA club professional. In 18 Ways to Play a Better 18 Holes, award-winning author and journalist John Steinbreder has gotten the best in the business to share their thoughts on how to play a better game. It's a great read for elite golfers as well as recreational players, and an important one for anyone looking to lower his or her scores. -- Jim Nantz, CBS Sports John Steinbreder is one of the most versatile and well-connected writers in golf journalism-and it shows here. The beauty of this well-executed book is not just in its detail and selection of club pros but also in its format: the reader can start from the beginning and work his or her way through to the end or pick and choose a chapter that suits a particular instructional need and go right to it. 18 Ways to Play a Better 18 Holes is a must-have on the game improvement shelf of any player's golf library. -- Brian Hewitt, editor-in-chief, Global Golf Post John Steinbreder has allied himself with the finest club professionals in the country to compile this fascinating book on 18 different ways to play better golf. I have always enjoyed what Steinbreder says about the game, and this knowledge is a treat for us all. -- Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters champion and noted golf course architect
John Steinbreder is an award-winning journalist and a senior writer for Global Golf Post, the weekly digital golf magazine, as well as the author of sixteen books, including Club Life, Golf Kohler: In the New and Old Worlds, The 3-Degree Putting Solution, Golf Rules & Etiquette for Dummies, and Golf Courses of the U.S. Open. He is a former reporter for Fortune magazine, a one-time writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated, and a past senior writer for Golfweek. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cynthia, and their daughters, Exa and Lydia.
Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1. Driving : Scott Davenport, Quail Hollow Golf Club Chapter 2. Bunker Play: Bob Ford, Oakmont Country Club/Seminole Golf Club Chapter 3. Productive Practice: Jack Druga, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Chapter 4. Putting: Mike Shannon, Sea Island Golf Club Chapter 5. How to Better Compete: Darrell Kestner, Deepdale Club Chapter 6. Club Fitting: Brendan Walsh, The Country Club Chapter 7. Finding Five: Scott Nye, Merion Golf Club Chapter 8. Iron and Hybrid Play: Eden Foster, Maidstone Club/Calusa Pines Golf Club Chapter 9. How to Take an Efficient Lesson: Suzy Whaley, TPC at River Highlands Golf Club Chapter 10. Chipping: Gene Mattare, Saucon Valley Country Club Chapter 11. Eliminating the Slice: Brian Crowell, GlenArbor Club Chapter 12. Three Building Blocks: Tim O'Neal, North Shore Country Club Chapter 13. Pre-Shot Routine and Visualization: Mike Summa, Stanwich Club Chapter 14. Fitness and Conditioning: Bill Stines, Scioto Country Club Chapter 15. Course Management: Bob Rittberger, Garden City Golf Club Chapter 16. What We Can Learn From the Touring Pros: Paul Marchand , Shadow Hawk Golf Club Chapter 17. Junior Golf: Dave Renzulli, Country Club of Fairfield Chapter 18. Specialty Shots: Billy Anderson, Eagle Point Golf Club Chapter 19. The 19th Hole: Gene Mattare and John Steinbreder Acknowledgements