I'm almost done with the book - I was expecting it to be something like "Every Shot Counts: Applications" but it's more than that. It's more of a holistic approach to getting better at golf than just applying stats although that's a big part of it.
There are books out there that aggregate tips from everywhere and everyone and the tips are separated into sections but they're all different ideas coming from different sources, there's no central organizing philosophy. LSW has one, a sort of modern, tech/data/practical/results driven based approach.
This is an awesome book especially for someone who's just getting into golf and wants to get serious - it has a roadmap for everything and is a great primer. Compared to going out into the internet and spending countless hours and hours figuring out which sources are legitimate and just figuring things out LSW much of it all for you, it's a tremendous timesaver.
I was surprised by the content on technique at the beginning of the book and skipped straight to the shot zone and decision mapping at the end, but even though I've worked with Erik and have been on TST for awhile, there were new things I picked up on the technique side of things.
I'm still letting the decision mapping ideas sink in so I'll comment on that in another post. What intrigued me most was the Separation Value rankings and the practicing plans. Which shots were most important I knew a little from Broadie's work, but LSW distills it down simply. I also used a stat similar to nGIR before reading LSW, I called it close enough to the green in regulation - I always thought it was important. Another one I "made" myself up was up-and across and down. Basically an up and down + 1. LSW confirmed again that this was important.
I'd say 1/3 to 1/2 of this book is a distillation of what I've been reading and learning from TST and lessons from Golf Evolution instructional wise - it took me years to absorb that info. Some schmuck just getting into golf wanting to get serious will pickup this book and get up to speed to where I am in a day potentially. Okay, maybe not a day, but way, way faster than I did. That's huge, a big jump over a steep learning curve.
Interspersed throughout the book are common "truisms" that are dispelled - about trees, green reading, pro quotes, putting, etc... Plus I love that there are so many stats/numbers/data used to back up ideas. Part of the blurb on the book should read - and how we'll dispel all those silly "nuggets of wisdom" going around.
If I had some nitpicks to pick, I'd wish for an index. It's a short, but dense book though so you don't have to flip that much looking for something. For practicing, it would love for a section detailing how to practice using video/mirrors. Also the parts where wind is talked about. Not sure what a 5% wind is - I guess 5% wind into is 5 yards off your 100yd club for example. Why 5% and not 5mph? And maybe a little more detail about where to get and how to use online weather forecast wind direction. Perhaps talk about online lessons in the instructor section? Another thing is one of the diagrams referred to is not on the member site yet - I think it was something about Aoa.
I see two demographics this book especially satisfies - for someone looking to build a roadmap when getting serious about golf and for someone wanting more from Every Shot Counts - how to use stats without having to know and read about regression analysis to know what to practice and how plot your way around a course.
And like the blurb or something I read somewhere said - there is no book on the market like this - that's true.