Golf Made Easy!

A Backward Approach to Learning Golf... or Is It?

Non-Fiction - Sports
70 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2013
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Golf Made Easy! a Backward Approach to Learning Golf... or Is It? is an introductory reference for people considering taking up this sport. Author Jeffrey W. Kern starts the education process from the very beginning. He discusses the way courses are set up and the types of terrain a golfer will encounter in each one. Then he talks about golf clubs and any other equipment you may need. He shows how you can get started simply by borrowing a friend or neighbor's clubs and work towards getting the set best suited for you and your playing style later on. Kern then gives the reader clear and concise instructions for playing in every type of situation, as well as a series of exercises, practice drills, and warm-up sessions.

I've never played golf (except for the miniature variety as a child) and have always wondered about the sport. It's always appeared to be a sport that seemed inaccessible and required too much initial outlay. Golf Made Easy! helped me understand what getting into golfing actually entails and it did so in a way that was entertaining and informative. I love the many illustrations and tips for balancing balls, checking out the center of a club head, and even the benefits of getting a caddie. Jeffrey W. Kern's book won't make you into a good golfer if you don't put in the effort, but, if you do make the effort and follow the advice he gives in this deceptively slim volume, you've got the tools necessary to play a good game of golf.

Maria Beltran

Golf Made Easy, A Backward Approach to Learning Golf or Is It? by Jeffrey W. Kern is a 70-page book about golf. The first few pages are designed to give the reader basic knowledge about the sport. It gives information about a typical golf course, the different types of clubs, and some helpful tips on ball selection. This book also explains the different types of the game, and can enlighten you about some golf course terminology. Easy to follow stretching and exercises are also included here and, finally, the book discusses putting, chipping, and pitching. The book layout also includes pictures which make it easier for non-golfing readers to understand the game better.

For those who do want to learn to play golf, Golf Made Easy can be a very helpful tool. As the title implies and as the author explains in his introduction, this is not the traditional approach in teaching new golfers. While it has been common practice to teach driving first, the author veers away from tradition and discusses putting as the first lesson. According to the author, this is because golf is a sport where half of the game involves putting. I am not a golfer myself, but I can see the logic in this premise. This system is supposed to help an amateur golfer put the ball in the hole on his first lesson, too. Indeed, this should make readers more satisfied with their golf game and back to the golf course in no time!

Bil Howard

If you are ready to take up a new and relaxing pastime, it is best to have some basic instruction and direction before spending a large amount of money on all of the necessary equipment and greens fees that go along with the great game of golf. Golf Made Easy! A Backward Approach to Learning Golf… or Is It? by Jeffrey W. Kern is the perfect instructional book for beginner golfers. Though Jeffrey describes his method as being backward to the traditional way of learning and teaching the game, it seems to make perfect sense. The student moves from putting, to chipping and pitching, and finally to driving. Learning to crawl before walking, or before running is a sensible way of teaching and learning and Jeffrey makes it very easy. Jeffrey’s guide not only teaches the basics of the game with simple instructions, photos, and graphics, but he also gives plenty of reference material regarding club distance, making certain that your balls are balanced, club fitting, and playing the game in general. It teaches success from the beginning and builds on that success in order to keep the student coming back and learning the entire game.

Golf Made Easy! by Jeffrey W. Kern is exactly the book I wish that I had read when I took my first golf lessons in college. The method may seem backward and it isn’t as dramatic as learning to drive first, but the concept makes plenty of sense. Learning the short game first allows the student to get the feel of aligning the shot, gripping the club, swinging, and addressing the ball at lower speed first and then moves toward the more difficult aspects of the short game before moving to the more dramatic game of driving. Instructional, informative, and a good dollop of common sense combine to make Golf Made Easy! an excellent guide for beginner golfers.

Mamta Madhavan

Golf Made Easy! A Backward Approach to Learning Golf... or Is It? by Jeffrey W. Kern is a guide explaining the basic details about the game of golf. All the details are covered in a very simple way understandable to everyone. The golf course, golf lessons, types of balls, how to select the ball for the game, and the basic terminology are covered in detail. One can learn about putting, pitching, chipping, and many other specialty shots of the game.

The book is very informative. The author's passion for the game is evident. The book is written in a manner that even non-golfers will be able to understand the nuances and every aspect of the game. It is a good book for beginners because the book talks about the strokes, the types of balls that can be chosen, the etiquette of the game, the methods and the alternate methods of the game.

The A to Z of the game is covered with nothing left out. The author's teaching method is easy to follow. He has put it down in a very simple manner. It is easy to get into the game after reading this guide. The author also tells you about the exercises that can be done. I would recommend that any golfing enthusiast read this book.