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The children’s game I SPY trains us at an early age to spot things others don’t often see right away. Even though the answer may be right in front of you it can take a long time before finally discovering it. Golf could double as an adult version of the popular children’s p4game. More often than not, if you know what to look for, every shot (believe it or not) provides clues to what went right or more importantly wrong. The key is asking questions to find the answers. Stan Utley has made a name for himself as a teacher and he has a new book that in part, is intended to help players identify what to look for in their own game.
THE ART OF THE FULL SWING, available starting today, is Utley’s fourth book with Penguin USA. “I ask my corporate guys, are you dumbing down your business to your new people or do you fast track the best way to get it done?” he explained. “If your getting beat in business by the other guy what do you do? Tour players are geniuses at what they do and make it look easy. Doesn’t it make sense to copy someone that looks like a genius?”
In THE ART OF THE FULL SWING, Utley begins with the topic of form versus sequence. “I’ve seen some ugly swings that hit good shots,” he said. “They still found a way to square the club face at impact.” The book provides insight into how the full swing should function and more importantly what to look for when it doesn’t seem to function properly. “If you hit a terrible shot, its part of the game. If you don’t know why you hit it, its miserable. Its very frustrating when a mistake happens over and over again without a way to fix it,” said Utley.
The book is devoted to keeping the message simple but also thought provoking. It gives readers a way to track certain things they need to pay attention to that can reduce the frustration that can often accompany a round. “If my book can do one thing that helps players understand why a shot happened, it will be a huge success,” he said.
Another area that separates the book from any other incorporates the use of smart phone video lessons. At various points throughout the book, a Microsoft tag appears (similar to a bar code) allows readers with a smart phone to immediately access an instructional video Utley created on the topic. The software required to read the tag is free and once the video has been loaded it is automatically stored in the history section of the smart phone’s YouTube library. The ability to visualize or have instant recall before a practice session or going out to play can prove to be invaluable for any golfer. “The fun piece of the book,” Utley said, “is asking the ball what happened? When players begin asking questions and have a two or three check points they have the opportunity to come up with answers and help themselves.” THE ART OF THE SWING is available anywhere books are sold including It also includes a 30-day practice plan for those who want to see improvement quickly.