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Book Review: The Golf Swing: It’s All in the Hands by James Lythgoe

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The Golf Swing: It’s All in the Hands by James Lythgoe uses hundreds of photographs taken at Prince Edward Island’s “The Links at Crowbush Cove” to illustrate, step-by-step, how using your hands appropriately will increase your enjoyment and lower the score of you golf game.

The book is well organized. There is a natural progression addressing the grip, the ball, the hand action, and finally coordinating your shoulder turn with your hand action.

The spiral binding enables the book to lay flat allowing the reader to easily see the illustrations while trying out and practicing the various hand techniques being learned. The illustrations are clearly coded for ease in following the references and instructions from within the text.

Meticulous editing of the text, graphics, and color illustrations enhance the quality of the book and add to the enjoyment of the reader for use as a reference, for review, and especially for visualizing mentally the photos and techniques while actually on the links, applying the principles included.

Lythgoe includes tips and pointers on detailed instructions for practice shots, and correct hand action, as well as things to avoid while practicing and developing these exercises. Most of these are not included in the same depth in other golf manuals. A helpful glossary is included for clarification in terms that may vary with interpretation.

The book does not try to “provide detailed sequential description of the interactions that occur in the body and the hands during the backswing and the downswing.” Lythgoe plans to include this in a follow-up book in the future.

The Golf Swing is an important, memorable, addition to other books available in golf literature. Enjoy the book…enjoy the game. Highly recommended.

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