The short game is what separates the best from the rest. To help improve every golfer’s chipping and putting technique, the best in the business is offering up his own tips. Secrets of the Short Game is written by the Lefty himself, Phil Mickelson, along with Guy Yocom and T.R. Reinman.
This easy-to-read guide examines every shot in the short game, grouped by chapter. Chipping, putting, pitching, sand play, and flop and lob shots are all broken down, as the 2010 Masters champ discusses the fundamentals and mechanics for pulling off each shot like a pro. Mickelson even addresses perhaps the most difficult aspect of the game—the mental turmoil that players must learn to overcome after making a bad shot or having a terrible round.
Large, vibrant images flood the pages of the book, showing how to swing the club perfectly every time. Although it’s easy to follow, there is no need to read the entire book unless you have an extremely troublesome short game. Just consult the index to find your problem and turn to the referenced pages.
Will this book help get you on the PGA Tour? Probably not, but it could lower your handicap, or at least help you beat your friends in a quick round of nine.
STACK’s Take: A must-have book for any golfer who seriously wants to improve his or her short game. Oh, and it fits neatly in a golf bag. Having trouble with a specific part of your game? Just ask yourself, “What would Phil do?” and find the answer in his book. It’s no fluke that Mickelson has won three green jackets and over 35 PGA Tour tournaments.