With recent and impending rule changes relative to putting technique, the number of techniques will continue to change. We therefore recommend that a player master the conventional method of putting using a standard length putter.
The chip shot is a single, smooth motion. The club travels back from the ball and then returns to and through the ball with the golfer in a balanced position. Because the weight is loaded to the target side during the address, there is little lower-body movement.
Golf: Steps to Success, Second Edition, provides step-by-step instruction and full-color photos of golf’s fundamental skills. You first learn the simplest stroke—putting. Then you progress to more challenging shots—chipping, pitching, full swing, trouble shots. There are detailed chapters on the mental game, course management, and practice skills.
Develop a consistent swing and master every shot on your way to a lower handicap. Golf: Steps to Success provides detailed, progressive instruction with accompanying full-color photos for every shot: putts, chip shots, and pitch shots as well as shots from the fairway, tee box, bunker, rough, and bad lies.
Practice and improve your shot making with over 100 drills that feature a scoring system for gauging and accelerating your progress. After building a solid skill base, improve the mental side of your game: Learn to select the right club, analyze ball flight, overcome tough lies and shots in the rough, and manage stress and emotions to raise your level of play and enjoyment of the game.
This self-paced learning tool allows you to develop a solid overall game and build on any initial golf lessons you may have had. As part of the popular Steps to Success Sport Series—with more than 1.8 million copies sold—Golf: Steps to Success is the guide you’ll find most valuable not only on the practice range and green but also on every hole you play.
Climbing the Steps to Golf Success
The Game of Golf Step 1 Putting the Ball Into the Hole Step 2 Setting Up for the Shot Step 3 Chipping to the Green Step 4 Pitching From Farther Away Step 5 Taking a Full Swing Step 6 Ball Flight, Shot Patterns, and Club Selection Step 7 Overcoming Difficult Lies and Shots From the Rough Step 8 Escaping From Bunkers Step 9 Practice to Improve Performance Step 10 Managing the Course Step 11 The Mental Game of Golf Step 12 Continuing to Improve
About the Authors
Paul G. Schempp is the director of the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a professor. He has spent the last quarter century studying the development of expertise in sport and coaching. Schempp has designed performance programs for the Swedish Golf Federation and Mexican national golf teams. He has coached several champions on the PGA and European PGA professional golf tours, including Jesper Parnevik, Richard S. Johnson, Niclas Fasth, and Fredrik Jacobson. As a scientific consultant to Golf Digest, he was instrumental in selecting America’s 50 Greatest Teachers. A longtime consultant for the PGA of America, Schempp helped redesign the PGA’s professional certification programs for golf instructors. He has also served on the National Education Advisory Board for the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Schempp's groundbreaking research has made him a sought-after keynote speaker for professional associations and corporate conferences committed to improving performance. Clients include the American Society for Training and Development, BASF Corporation, Buckhead Business Association, Club Corporation of America, Condé Nast Publications, General Electric, National Institute of Education (Singapore), Professional Golf Association of America, Society for Human Resource Management, the Swiss Soccer Federation, Vistage, and USA Track and Field.
Schempp holds an EdD in human movement studies from Boston University and lives in Athens, Georgia.
Peter Mattsson serves as the director of elite performance at the Swedish Sports Confederation. He served six years as the director of coaching for the English Golf Union, where he was instrumental in the development of the current National Coaching Programme structure. Before coming to England, Mattsson was the head coach for the Swedish national teams, a role he held from 1998 to 2005. He has coached Swedish teams and individual players at numerous European and World Amateur Championships at the World Cup and at professional events on the men’s and women’s tours. Mattsson holds a BEd in physical education and is currently studying sport science with a focus on golf. He resides in Stockholm, Sweden.
“The second edition of Golf: Steps to Success is rich in content, well organized, and very applicable. Paul Schempp and Peter Mattsson know how to develop golfers.”
Pia Nilsson-- Professional Golfer and Coach, Coach and Mentor to Annika Sörenstam