How to find your best swing
This book will improve your game and help you enjoy yourself more on the golf course.
Donato Di Ponziano is without doubt among the foremost experts and scholars of the mechanics of the swing.
The golfer who seeks serious concrete solutions to the problems of the game need look no further than Donato Di Ponziano's book.
With skill and enthusiasm, Donato guides you through the inner workings of his theories of the golf swing.
On more than one occasion I have had the opportunity to observe the substantial technical gifts of Donato Di Ponziano, and I consider his book an important contribution to the development of modern golf.
JIM MC LEAN
Donato is a great authority on golf technique, and his book, How to Find Your Best Swing, will create new opportunities to improve the standards of the game.
This book, written by one of Europe's most respected scholars of the mechanics of the swing, is an important source of information which will satisfy the expectations of every golfer, from the amateur with a high handicap to the tournament professionaL
The advice Donato offers in How to Find Your Best Swing will give you what you need to build your swing and improve your game
This book was written with the intention of helping golfers in the process of learning the technique and strategy of the game. In the first part my aim has been to offer what I consider to be basic information on the evolution of golfing technique.
I believe it is essential for golfers to understand the process of development that has brought us to the level of play that we see today.
Scientific discoveries and the use of modern instruments of motion analysis have allowed an improvement in our teaching methods and have made us sharper as teachers, but what have they brought to light that is truly new? You will find the answer to this question, so often asked by golf enthusiasts, among the pages of the first chapter.
Significant space has been given to the attitudes and strategies required for successful learning, since the key to moving smoothly and easily toward building the swing and using it on the golf course lies in our ability to make efficient use of the senses available to us, particularly those that govern our tactile and visual sensations. The section dedicated to technique
necessarily begins with an explanation of the fundamentals of the pre-swing,
such as the grip, alignment, and position over the ball.
In all this there is nothing that cannot be found in the thousands of books already in circulation. Each of those funclamentals, however, is presented so that for each suggestion there is a rational explanation, backed by scientific evidente where possible. In this way, the reader will be able in practice to accept more easily the choices and sacrifices that musi be faced if
his or her game is to improve.
High quality drawings and photographs accompany the explanation of the swing, and here again, everything is explained with the help of scientific research and use is made of discoveries in the fields of biomechanics and kinesiology.
Each of the fundamental phases of the swing is explained in detail, and I have deliberately indicated the muscle areas which are principally involved during the movement phase, so as to allow each of you to prepare, with the help of an expert, an adeguate program of physical training.
I could have included exercises that contribute to the athletic training of the best professional golfers, but I am convinced that, just as in the case of the swing, where every golfer must follow a personal program of technical improvement, physical preparation is not suited to generalization. You need to consult a specialist, and even more importantly you have to adopt a system that fits your personal needs.
Further along you will find the section concerning strategies of play, where. you can learn useful poínters that will improve
the quality of your game, making it more
efficient and therefore more enjoyable.
D. D. P.
Preface by Mathias Grönberg
Introduction by Donato Di Ponziano
1. UNDERSTANDING THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNIQUE
2. HOW TO LEARN THE GOLF SWING
3. DISTANCE AND DIRECTION - A LOOK AT THE FLIGHT OF THE BALL
4. THE GRIP: THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM OF GOLF CLUB CONTROL AND ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
5. ALIGNING YOUR STANCE RELATIVE TO THE TARGET
6. THE ADDRESS POSITION
7. THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE
8. THE SWING - PART 1
THE COMPLETE SWING
9. THE SWING - PART II
The basic movements
THE COMPLETE SWING
THE COMPLETE SWING
11. READY FOR THE GOLF COURSE READY FOR THE MATCH
Card for On-Course Game Analysis
Find your own level of play
Some observations for teachers - Some final advice for students
Bibliography - Index of names
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