Mastering the Principles of the Game
By Nick Price
(Knopf, Paperback, 9780375705137, 224pp.)
Publication Date: March 23, 1999
Categories: Golf - Instruction
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Not since Ben Hogan in the 1950s has a dominant player so thoroughly addressed golf's central enigma: how to develop and repeat an effective swing, the only way any player can hope to truly improve.
In the early '90s, after years of struggle and determination, Nick Price emerged as the world's finest golfer,"striking the ball," as Ben Crenshaw observed, "as well as anyone since Ben Hogan or Byron Nelson." From his childhood in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), through many seasons on the European tour, to his PGA Championship and British Open victories, Price's abiding keynote has been perseverance, and his passion the art and science of the swing.
For players at all levels, Price now reveals the game's essential elements -- from grip and set-up and downswing, to the short game and effective putting -- in both theory and practice. Drawing on his own influences, remarkable experiences, and intense study, his program combines both athletic and mental requirements, and offers all golfers the lasting rewards of long-term improvement -- the promise at the heart of the game.
A classic of instruction, with all the wisdom and personality of one of the world's most accomplished and engaging champions.
Nick Price was born in South Africa, moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) at an early age, served in the wartime air force, and won the World Junior title in California at age 17. Since then he's won 30 tournaments worldwide, 3 majors. He has enjoyed an astounding run that matched records set by Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino, Watson, and Gary Player. As Feinstein wrote in A Good Walk Spoiled, "Price was playing a different game than the rest of them." Beyond that, according to Feinstein: "No one in golf is like Nick Price. If you took a poll among everyone connected with the tour -- players, sponsors, reporters, staffers -- and asked who is the nicest man playing the game right now, the vote would be almost unanimous. If a fan didn't vote for Price, it would be because they didn't know him or they picked him second just to be different." He lives in Florida with his wife and children, and spends two months a year at home in Zimbabwe.