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GolfLug

My favorite Golf discovery book!

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Pros: Perspective, nuts and bolts, detailed math, absolutely nothing missed

Cons: It does not play golf for you

The most powerful concept in the book - treating every golf hole as an independent unit and treating its scoring methodology as an algorithm. The variables of the algorithm (driving, approach, pitching, chipping, putting) are assigned relative weight - something very cleverly and effectively dubbed separation value. Mathematicians would call it co-efficient of variable. Each variable of the algorithm is broken down, described and prescribed in a palatable way for anyone and everyone. Golfer of each level would find something to relate to a I can safely say would find at least one aha moment. Odds are, many more.   Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been left out...
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billchao

A Must Read for Any Golfer Who's Serious About His/Her Game

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Pros: Easy to Read, Statements are Supported by Data, Applies Information in a Practical Manner

Cons: Could Use More Pictures in the Technique Section

Lowest Score Wins is easily the best golf book I've ever read. Unlike the majority of golf books out there which teach based on conventional wisdom and anecdotes, Lowest Score Wins teaches based on observable data, and does so in a practical manner. The book debunks common myths and cliches that have plagued golf instruction for countless numbers of years by approaching the game of golf in a scientific and analytical way. It is also written in plain English, with bits of humor thrown in. So, despite numerous statistics and references, it remains an easy read.   The book is divided into three main sections. The first is called Technique & Equipment, but it goes...
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cipher

Lower your scores by reading this book!

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Pros: Easy to understand, quick to read and will improve your game.

Cons: None about the book, but some players may not follow through with the advice and their practice. Make notes and follow it.

This is the most comprehensive golf strategy book out there.  I am already saving strokes on the course, and can’t wait to read the book a second time to see what I may have missed and reinforce what I have learned.    This book does an exceptional job of letting the player know how to prioritize their practice by giving various aspects of the game a rated Separation Value, how to manage your misses and how to use Decision Maps to select the right shot in any situation.  It goes on to provide preparation advice for competitive golf and dispels a number of the myths of golf we have thought were true for years through verified statistics.    This book is...
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Zeph

If you are buying one golf book, get Lowest Score Wins. This book will lower your scores.

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Pros: Covers a lot of areas, it will lower your scores, easy to read and revise, to the point and based on facts and statistics, a book for everyone

I was a excited when I found this book in my mail. On the back, it says "We show you the new way to shoot lower scores - immediately." As a cynic and critic, I must admit that it's a bold statement. I haven't been able to go out the next day and shoot lower scores after reading many of the other books.   I've read a few books on golf through the years. Most on the swing, some on the short game and putting, some which focus on specifics of the swing, but this book takes on some different aspects.   The Separation Value system is a new term for me, but the principles are stuff I've read about in here before. It is a pretty important aspect of golf. You want to shoot lower...
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phillyk

Great, easy read! Gets down to the point of shooting lower scores quickly!

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Pros: Tells you exactly how to shoot lower scores; gives several examples of how to improve in all areas of the game

Cons: Little mention of psychology/mental state

Lowest Score Wins is a great read for all skill levels! Every golfer has something to learn from this book!   Using statistics from the professionals and amateurs of the game, Erik Barzeski and David Wedzik, have narrowed down what is most important when it comes to improving your game. Using what they call Separation Value, they have given several aspects/skills of the game, a level of importance when it comes to improving. This makes the read easy to understand, and helps each individual identify what they may need to practice more. Barzeski and Wedzik also give several examples of drills, for each skill, to mark how much one can improve. They end the book with great course...
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boogielicious

Excellent Book on Techniques and Strategies to Improve your scoring immediately and improve your game long term

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Pros: Clear, concise and well written. Explains what to practice and why and how to map our your game plan for courses.

Cons: Needs an index for easy reference back to sections.

I supported this project because I have read a lot of instructional golf books, but they are always missing something.  Namely, how can I score better with the game I have now?  Most golf books tell you how to improve some aspect of the game such as short game, putting, full swing etc.  Some of them are very good, but the authors either focus only on their areas for expertise, or what they feel is important, Utley, Pelz, Stockton, etc.  Others are usually a great pro talking of their approach to the game with Hogan, Nicklaus, Woods, Floyd coming to mind.  I enjoyed these books, but I am always looking for more.   Lowest Score Wins (LSW) takes a different...
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CarlSpackler

Game Improvement for Everyone

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Pros: Easy and enjoyable to read. Not based on opinion, and backed up by statistics and real world applications.

Cons: Requires some homework, but don't worry, you will enjoy this homework.

This book gets right to the heart of the matter in golf... SCORING. It is well written and backed up by statistics, not personal opinion. The stats from touring pros and low handicappers are quite eye opening. There is not a shred of fluff in this book that you often find in other golf books. It busts some popular myths about the game and is enjoyable to read. It has a common sense approach to improving your game with both long term and short term tools to shave strokes. Who doesn't want to shoot lower scores?! To often, golfers go to the course or practice facility without a plan, or even worse, a bad plan. Lowest Score Wins teaches you how to develop a solid plan for improving your...
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saevel25

The Quintessential Golf Book!!

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Pros: Based on Facts, Easy to Read, Concise, Creative

Cons: None

First and foremost, this book is not your typical golf instruction book. Though it does touch on all the aspects of the golf swing, but it does so briefly as to start you on the right path. Really you can't teach a golf swing through a book. Believe me, I read and own many golf instructional books, and they have done little to improve my golf swing. What improves a golf swing is a good instructor. What the "Lowest Score Wins" does it give you insight on what is true about the golf swing, and the game of golf. It starts to point you in the right direction for improving your game.   Where this book really shines is in the last two sections of the book. First is on how to build a...
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14ledo81

Excellent!!!

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Pros: Easy to read, fact based approach, multiple different items that will help

Cons: Not long enough???

I just finished reading "Lowest Score Wins".  This will not be a really in-depth review because I plan on re-reading it many times, and will probably learn something new each time.  I did want to post a review with my initial thoughts.   First, I felt the book was very easy to read and setup very well.  I starting learning things right off the bat.  While being a long-time member of TST, a lot of items did not come as a shock to me (Erik has taught me to think "outside the box" if you will").  Even though I was not surprised by the amount and type of information (I expected nothing less from these guys), I still can't say enough about how beneficial I think...
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