Before I start this review, I just want to say that I purchased this book on my Kindle. Not long after I finished reading this book I saw that they brought out a hard copy version of the book.
I had previously read the original Tour Tempo book, and I found it very good. The idea of having a 3:1 tempo made a lot of sense, and they had a lot of evidence to back up their claims. I’ve seen the short game book out for a while, but never felt the urge to get it until recently.
I had high hopes for this book, BUT after reading it I was not very impressed at all.
Well for starters… it starts out saying how good the original Tour Tempo book is, along with testimonials. Then it explains how most of the book is not on the short game because that will only take a chapter or two.
I bought this for the short game!
And even before the short game section, it has a big section about Tiger Woods.
I didn’t buy this for information about Tiger Woods. I purchased it for short game instructions.
The entire section on the short game could have been summed up in about two pages, because the findings is that most of the time pros swing with a tempo of 2:1. But that’s not all of the time either, so it’s just a good baseline to practice.
The rest of the book was stories about how the authors have mixed with stars, and how Tour Tempo is the best and greatest thing in the world, and how you should buy every gadget they have, and go to their VIP school, and join their fan club etc. etc.
It got a bit sickening to be honest. I think I paid $9.95 for this book, and if Kindle had a refund policy I would have taken it up. As a freebie this book would have been fine. But I was not impressed to have paid $9.95 on something that essentially was a waste of time.
Also, I think it’s a bit rich for them to suggest that when a player loses their tempo, then that’s the reason why they lose a major (e.g. Phil Mickelson). It might be a factor, but they don’t seem to understand that the brain controls tempo. Tempo is something that can be trained… no doubt about that. But at the end of the day, whether a golfer performs up to their potential or not comes down to what is happening between their ears.
This isn’t a long review, because as I said… the entire important bits (on the short game) could have been summed up in 2-3 pages. And I like I said, I wouldn’t have had a problem with that if this was a freebie. But I do when it’s a paid book.
So in summary, practicing your putting, chipping, short pitch shots and bunker shots to a 2:1 tempo can help to improve the consistency of those shots. But basing almost everything on that one principle is stupid. You can purchase the short game tones to practice a 2:1 tempo, and that’s what I recommend you do. But you don’t need to get this book. You’ll be wasting your time and money if you do that.
Overall Opinion: Not Recommended
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