Re: "The Art of the Short Game" by Stan Utley
I just finished reading the book and really liked it.
A lot of the things made great sense to me. What I liked most, is that I am actually setting up square to the target and have the ball forward in my stance, like in full shots.
I never liked this ball back, and open posture. It just does not feel right to aim away from the target.
I have practiced chipping and pitching. So far it is working pretty well. almost no bladed and rarely a fluffed shot.
However for the pitching, (and I guess even more for the bunker shot, but I havent tried that) it is too much hands action for my taste. Releasing the hands so that they are ahead of the shaft during impact is dangerously close to scooping for me.
Strangely enough, the results where Ok so far.
I am not sure if will manage to dial my distances just using pivoting intensity. Changing the distance by hitting it higher and higher doesn't necessesarily seem right to me, when I could hit it a bit lower and let the ball roll ab it further with a stronger lofted club. I think I will try to learn 2 wedges.
Regarding the bunker shot, I have not yet learned at all how to play out of the sand. So I just dont play there.
The technique describe by Stan Utley again makes a lot of sense to me. The hardest part of the bunker shot is to consistently hit the same spot in the sand. And if I try the twisted posture, it makes it harder for me. So again, I like the square setup.
What I did not yet get, is how I should do the takeaway. Did he say that the swing should be close to the chest? Isn't that chciken wing style?
What really bugged me on the book is the editing quality.
The first copy I got was just totally messed up. pages missing, chapters mixed...
So I returned it and got a 'good' copy.
But also in this one, there seem to be a lot of photos, that are not really referenced to in the text, or properly described.
For example in the chipping section there is another sequence of photos (the colored), that I believe show the pitching, but that is nowhere written. Either I have another defect copy of the book, or this is just horrible editing.
At other pages there are pictures of how NOT to do it (I believe). But it is not written that these pictures show errors. And again they are not referenced in the text.
All in all, I really like the book, and I think I will continue to learn these shots, because it is easier for me to commit to a technique that makes sense to me.