I didn’t read the initial guidance (thought it might be a spoiler!) and just looked at it from a mathy perspective. If I am playing others with very comparable skill levels and have a 50% chance of winning each match, 7 rounds of match play (0.5 ^ 7) is equivalent to 1/128 so I called it equal chances for same-sized field. So a smaller field for match play would tilt odds in that side’s favor.
Thanks for creating this thread @iacas.
I’m nearly done with a first read of the book. Just starting the Mental Game section.
I’m a big fan of Jon Sherman and Practical Golf. I also listen to The Sweet Spot podcast and appreciate what he and Adam are adding to the community.
My initial take: about 80% of what is covered in this book is in Lowest Score Wins. And in many cases, LSW covers it more effectively by giving succinct actionable advice. There’s a theme and flow that both books use:
Use information at hand to manage expectations
Pick better targets (for driving and approach play)
Learn how to drive the ball further
Incorporate random practice to supplement blocked practice
LSW does a better job IMO of helping steer the reader towards effective use of practice time by introducing the concept of “Separation Value”.
Four Foundations is going to help folks that haven’t read LSW. I found myself finishing several chapters with “is that all???”, hoping Jon would provide more details and actionable advice. For example, Jon advocates becoming a “one trick pony” and limiting your menu of golf shots. I think he could have gone further to help players analytically arrive at an appropriate “sub-menu”.
So unless you are just a golf book junkie like I am, if you’ve read LSW I don’t think you’ll find much new here.