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Lowest Score Wins (Barzeski/Wedzik)

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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 it will be.  It was also very nice to get this information in book form.  This will make if easy to access in the future for reference.


I really like the concept of SV (separation value) and how to use it plan your practice.  After reading Erik's thread on practice ratios (65, 25, 15), it does not surprise me that the largest potential gains with the game of golf come from improving the full swing.  Using the concept of SV though, takes it to much more detail.


I also liked the small part on green reading.  I have not checked, but I doubt an Aimpoint instructor lives anywhere near me.  It is also not in my budget to take an Aimpoint class right now either, but it was nice to read about the determining factors to why putts break the amount they do.  Even without taking an Aimpoint class, just understanding some of this will make me a better putter.


Finally I will comment on the personal game planning.  After looking at the typical shot zones of different golfers, it just reconfirmed to me that I need to make a realistic assessment of my abilities.  I don't want to get into to much detail here (you really should read the book), but there was a lot of enlightening information.  I really do feel that just about anyone can take strokes from their score quickly by being realistic with their abilities and utilizing the information laid out in this part.


Overall, I can't really say enough good about this book.  I have read quite a few golf books in my life, but this one follows a different path.  It will be a book that I will read multiple times, and use for reference a lot.  I can't recommend this book enough.


Thanks to the authors.


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