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"How to Break 90: An Easy Approach for Breaking Golf's Toughest Scoring Barrier" by TJ Tomasi, Mike Adams, and Mike Corcoran

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I’ll start by saying that anyone who considers 90 to be golf’s “toughest scoring barrier” has lost credibility with me before I even pick up the book.

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2 minutes ago, David in FL said:

I’ll start by saying that anyone who considers 90 to be golf’s “toughest scoring barrier” has lost credibility with me before I even pick up the book.

Yep, 70 is the "toughest scoring barrier"...  60 even more difficult.  I'll probably go two whole lives without breaking 60...

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I see the mass appeal of the title.

 

However, breaking 70 regularly is a much tougher barrier. To do it at all requires few mistakes and a solid game.As with anything it can be a fluke so doing it regularly is much harder in my opinion since the margins for error are just much smaller.

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On 12/29/2019 at 8:08 PM, David in FL said:

I’ll start by saying that anyone who considers 90 to be golf’s “toughest scoring barrier” has lost credibility with me before I even pick up the book.

I think it all depends on what type of golfer an individual is and who the book’s target market is. For the lower HC golfer, this book makes no sense but for somebody like me, who normally shoots in the low-mid 90s, the book might hold some interest for us. I remember reading an article years ago that the majority of average regular playing recreational golfers, struggle to break 100 on a consistent basis. 

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1 hour ago, jetsknicks1 said:

I think it all depends on what type of golfer an individual is and who the book’s target market is. For the lower HC golfer, this book makes no sense but for somebody like me, who normally shoots in the low-mid 90s, the book might hold some interest for us. I remember reading an article years ago that the majority of average regular playing recreational golfers, struggle to break 100 on a consistent basis. 

Of course, but to call it “golf’s toughest barrier” is ridiculous.  Maybe (likely?) I’m being unfair, but when I see something as disingenuous  as that on the cover, it makes me question the value of the content.  To the point that I’m unlikely to even pick it up.

 

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I have an old book on 'How to break 90', and the essence was treat and play each hole for bogey and you will be successful.  Any par 3 is reachable in two strokes for example.  Assuming you plan for that and two putt on every green, 90 is an achievable target for most golfers.  The only people who will struggle with this are very short hitters.  For example, my mother probably hits her 3 wood about 100 odd yards.  She essentially uses it on every tee box and for half her fairway shots.  But anybody who can drive at least 200 yards will be able to break 90 IF they play smart.

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21 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Of course, but to call it “golf’s toughest barrier” is ridiculous.  Maybe (likely?) I’m being unfair, but when I see something as disingenuous  as that on the cover, it makes me question the value of the content.  To the point that I’m unlikely to even pick it up.

 

I don’t think you’re being unfair, perhaps it’s just tough for you to see breaking 90 as golf’s toughest barrier because you probably haven’t had to worry about that in decades lol. For me, breaking 90 on a consistent basis is something I strive for and fail at most times. Again, I think it’s all about who the book is marketed to. If the author had said 70 instead of 90, you would probably have more interest but the number of golfers who the book would apply to would be much smaller. 

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I have never broken 100 but will this season.  I think the reason the book is titled as such is because the majority of golfers are not practicing their game as much as people who frequent this site.  Emphasize "frequent".  Its aimed towards the majority of recreational golfers.

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9 minutes ago, jetsknicks1 said:

I don’t think you’re being unfair, perhaps it’s just tough for you to see breaking 90 as golf’s toughest barrier because you probably haven’t had to worry about that in decades lol. For me, breaking 90 on a consistent basis is something I strive for and fail at most times. Again, I think it’s all about who the book is marketed to. If the author had said 70 instead of 90, you would probably have more interest but the number of golfers who the book would apply to would be much smaller. 

I’m not really thinking about how it may or may not apply to me, but just that if the title is questionable, then perhaps the content is too.

Compare that to “Lowest Score Wins”.  Nothing arbitrary or questionable there.  Simple, direct, and undeniable.  Even though there are those that might ultimately find the content too analytical for their tastes, the title by itself is compelling in its honest simplicity.

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Breaking 90 is tougher for the golfer who hasn't done it yet, while playing with in the rules.

Once they break 90, then breaking 80 is their next toughest journey, with breaking 70 after that, which a monumental task.  

Tomasi and Adams probably used that title for those golfers who have yet to break 90. A marketing approach, like any other golf salesmanship.. I tend to think there are a lot more golfers out there who have not broken. 90 (with in the rules) than those who have. 

If I saw their "break 90" book, I wouldn't buy it either, as I break 90 quite often. (98%+) That said, if possible I might read it just in case there is some tid bit in it, that I might use to break 80 more consistently. 

I have these guy's book "Total Golf". It's a decent read for the beginner, and next level golfer. 

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One of the best instructional articles I have read was titled, "How to Break 80 in Six Weeks."  Totally dumb title and there was low chance that even for someone on the verge of breaking 80 that this article was going to change that in six weeks.  But the steps to game improvement to break 80 were quite sound and helpful over a longer term.

 

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So.....no discussion on the book itself.  But the title.......that's an entire thread.

(I don't have it, don't - plan to buy it, so I have no valuable input here either)

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1 hour ago, rehmwa said:

So.....no discussion on the book itself.  But the title.......that's an entire thread.

(I don't have it, don't - plan to buy it, so I have no valuable input here either)

Also, there is very little discussion on the companion piece,  "How to Break 60:  An Easy Approach for Breaking Golf's 2nd Toughest Scoring Barrier" by David Duval, Justin Thomas and Jim Furyk.  

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I have yet to play a round where the person hits their tee shot that results in a lost ball, then goes back to the tee box. My point is, it’s all about speed of play.

Some hit a provisional, but not many. If most of us that score in the 90 range played by the rules, we probably are closer to 100.

I don’t play for money, or to beat anyone, just self satisfaction, or many times misery. LOL

20 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Also, there is very little discussion on the companion piece,  "How to Break 60:  An Easy Approach for Breaking Golf's 2nd Toughest Scoring Barrier" by David Duval, Justin Thomas and Jim Furyk.  

We had a guy in our league that had that as his goal......For nine holes.

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3 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Also, there is very little discussion on the companion piece,  "How to Break 60:  An Easy Approach for Breaking Golf's 2nd Toughest Scoring Barrier" by David Duval, Justin Thomas and Jim Furyk.  

Wow. I had completely forgot JT shot 59 at the Sony.

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