About the book
This book is about helping two groups of golfers:
1. Golfers who suffer from the yips
2. Avid golfers and beginners who want to improve their game
For you golfers who suffer from some form of the yips, I hope my putting technique will be as effective for you as it has been for me. I had the yips - BAD! Writing this book is my attempt to turn lemons into lemonade by sharing with you the technique that cured my yips.
And for you golfers and beginners looking to improve your game, I'll offer you some helpful tips that will be in the framework of actually playing a round of golf. These tips will cover:
- How you can become a better putter
- Eliminating common swing faults
- How (and what) to practice on the range
- The importance of practicing "recovery" shots
- The importance of warming up before you play
- Tips and strategies to improve your tee shots
- Tips and strategies to improve your approach shots
About the author
Kurt Pugh has a thirty-year career in advertising and marketing. He has a BA in economics from Hope College and an MBA from Wake Forest University. His introduction to golf came when he was ten years old in the early 1960s; his dad gave him a sawed-off two iron to hit golf balls in the field behind the school across the street from their home. His dad was a fan of Arnold Palmer and a member of “Arnie’s Army” and Kurt remembers how they used to cheer Arnie on, watching him play golf on their black-and-white TV.
Kurt taught himself how to play the game. He never had a formal lesson but picked the game up quickly. He became the captain of his college team at Hope College his senior year. His golf handicap over the last five years has fluctuated between a 7 and a 10 with the lowest handicap during that time being a 7.3 in 2006. That year, 2006, was a special one for Kurt ”golf-wise”. That is the year he discovered the putting technique that cured his yips. This discovery led to his decision to write this book to share his technique with other golfers who suffer from this maddening, mysterious “curse” that usually affects golfers as they get older. The book also contains many helpful golfing tips for avid golfers and beginners that Kurt has used during his golfing career that helped him become a single-digit handicap golfer.
Kurt became a member of the hole-in-one club on August 8, 1979 (while in his twenties) when he sank a nine-iron shot on the fourth hole (par three, 128 yards) at Milham Park Golf Course in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Since then, the front and back nines have switched at Milham, so today the hole is the thirteenth hole.) The longest golf shot he ever made happened recently (while in his fifties) when he made an eagle two on the eighteenth hole (par four, 407 yards) at We Ko Pa (Chollo Course) near Phoenix, Arizona. He holed four-iron shot from 192 yards.
That’s the great thing about golf: It’s a challenge to play well, but you can enjoy the game your whole life. And no matter what age you are or what level of skill you achieve, you can always improve. And isn’t that a lot like life? Life is a challenge, and no matter what level of success you achieve or what age you are ... you can always improve. So remember: ‘Master golf … and you master life itself.”