TAKE A TIP FROM ME Author:JACK NICKLAUS When Jack Nicklaus' first book, My 55 Ways to Lower Your Golf Score, was published a decade ago, it was instantly acclained as one of the most unusual and valuable golf instruction books ever to come along to gladden a golfer's heart and reduce his handicap. — Take a Tip From Me, published four years later, became it's companion volume. It is ano... more »ther harvest of invaluable tips, one point at a time, explained by the man who dominated the game then, and still does, more than ever. Take a Tip From Me was written (and illustrated by the same artist, Francis Golden) in exactly the same manner as its illustrious and outstandingly successful predecessor--with each lesson complete in itself and each explained in both text and related drawings on its double-page spread.
Since these first two books came out, Jack Nicklas has slimmed down and has a new longer hair style, so his physical image is today quite changed from that depicted in these first two books. His most recent instructional book, Golf My Way, is his complete and masterful work, and its illustrations embody the "new Jack" look. Yet, because the first two books were such marvelous works of special golf teaching, it is a continuing contribution to the game to keep them in print, even if Jack's appearance has changed since the artist dipicted him ten years ago.
In Take a Tip From Me, every action in the golf swing is made crystal clear as Nicklaus takes up one situation after another and explains his technique and philosophy about that particular circumstance. The drawings are pointed out by the use of arrows and contrasting colors which emphasize aspects of the lessons that could not be depicted so helpfully in any other fashion.
Although the tips are not divided into categories, they do generally fall into three types:
1. Technical explanations of how to better your swing
2. Strategical explanations of how to prepare yourself mentally
3. Practical explanations of how to play specific situation shots
The ideas for these tips often result from the author's actual experience during a tournament, and this is particularly apparent in two longer stories that are included in the book. The first tells how Nicklaus discovered a major flaw in his putting by watching the videotape of the final round of the 1966 Masters, and then won the play-off the next day because of his superlative putting. The second tells the story of winning one of his United States Open titles: he changed his game back to a left-to-right fade, found a new white-headed putter, and started to drop the long putts again just when he needed them most.« less