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Dave Pelz--Mad Genius of Golf Instruction
January 2, 2004
David Pelz is the mad genius of golf instruction.
Itís easy to see that this is true. Just watch one of Pelzís televised segments on the Golf Channel, and look carefully at his eyes as he talks directly to the camera.
You can just tell right away that the manís just a little intense about golf.
I hasten to add the appropriate disclaimer that thereís nothing wrong with that. A golf instructorís fanaticism about helping his students learn how to play their best golf in all segments of the game is the right attitude.
After all, if he didnít care so much, why should you?
Pelzís life work of teaching golfers the hows and whys of the game is widely available, through his Golf Channel appearances, traveling seminars, and now his books. His most recent edition is Dave Pelzís 10 Minutes a Day to Better Putting ($29.95 SRP), and the way it was put together shows the influence of his television work.
First, itís highly visual. Nearly every page is a full-color photograph, with short bursts of contrasting text in the foreground explaining the point being made in the picture at the same time.
Second, the photography is frequently beautiful, but primarily sharp and loaded with special effects. Pelz makes great use of multiple stop-action shots to illustrate his fundamental points about putter aim, alignment, and reading breaks.
Third, the instructions are clear and concise. Those seeking highly detailed explanations for why the golf ball reacts as it does to a putter and a green can read elsewhere about it, such as in Pelzí longer work, the Putting Bible. This book is dedicated to a different set of students, who are given a set of guiding principles and techniques in easily digestible segments.
Finally, Pelz makes heavy use of the many props that he also utilizes in his schools and television shows. Those whoíve seen Pelz on TV will see again how his various teaching devices such as the Putting Trackģ or O-Ballsģ can help students.
The fact that Pelz also sells these devices is no coincidence, of course, but thatís fine. We are not averse to capitalism around here.
By the way, itís also a fact that Pelzís suggestions work. Iíve tried several of his suggestions on the putting green and out on the course, and heís right. For example, recently Iíve aligned the ball further upslope than I had been, and that one move has helped sink several putts that Iím sure would have otherwise missed on the low side.
Like most instruction books, this is not one to be read straight through. For a short book that is mostly illustrations, thereís a lot here to digest.
I agree with Pelzís recommendation to read each segment, try his suggestions until you have integrated their facets into your game, and then move to the next chapter.
This book wonít make you as fanatical about golf as Pelz is, if thatís a concern to you. On the other hand, this newest addition to his Scoring Game Seriesģ will surely help you improve your putting.
SHORT PUTTSóClubhouse Golf is sponsoring a virtual tournament, using golf simulator technology at their store on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. They are looking for two-person teams to sign up to play on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, at $15 per match. If enough teams sign up, there will be a top prize of $500 each in gift certificates for the eventual winners. The season begins January 14, so donít delay if youíre interested. For more information call Ed Larkins at 302-227-3347.
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