This is an exclusive book put out to our friends at A Slice of Golf. This book covers the basics that anyone needs to know to break 100, which is of course, the first step to being able to truly enjoy the game of golf. I first sold small book (pamphlet) through Golf Digest and we are giving the first installment here today, and the balance of the pamphlet is to follow over the next few days. I hope you enjoy the book and find it beneficial.
Y O U ‘ L L A L W A Y S B R E A K 1 0 0
by Rick Frye
FROM THE AUTHOR
Having just received this manual, you may be feeling cheated because it is so small! The truth is, I have no intention of publishing a golfing encyclopedia. I have no intention of converting anyone into a pro golfer. i do not even intend to correct your improper stance, grip,or eliminate your slice or hook. I have only one intention ! I’m going to see to it that you are kicked out of the “Century Club”.
The Century Club is exclusively reserved for those golfers who cannot break 100. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with Century Golfers; I just don’t want to be one, and neither do you or you wouldn’t have purchased this program!
In the following pages, I will explain to you my guaranteed method of breaking 100. To anyone how purchases this manual I guarantee that if you are of average strength, health and coordination for you age, and you follow my 10step guideline and cannot break 100 after one year; I will award you a new set of Wilson Staff Clubs consisting of 3 woods and 8 irons.
Good Luck and Good Golfing.
“You’ll Always Break 100”
by Rick Frye
It is said that everyone has their own “Claim to Fame”. Maybe they are aware of their talent, and maybe they are not.
“I know mine !”
I’ll never qualify for the PGA Tour.I’ll never set any course records. I’ll never win a sudden-death playoff against Tom Watson. I’ll never never qualify for the U.S. Open.But I’ll never shoot over 100 either ! (I’m an 8 handicap.)
My “Claim to Fame” is my ability to teach what you want to know; How to Break 100, and play more consistent golf. I don’t care if you are currently shooting 160 for 118 holes, I’ll get you down under 100. The only limitation I put on that statement is that you are of average strength, health and coordination for your age. I’ll teach you to play respectable golf. I’ll tell you what you need to know to break 100 every time you play, even if you only play one or two rounds of golf per year; but you must read, study and follow this manual.
It’s not a thick manual, so take the time to read it three or four times. Study this manual in the manner in which it is intended to be studied. I do not want you to memorize the exact words in this manual. I want you to know and understand the meaning, the flow, and the ease of golf. Shooting consistently low scores is as easy as stepping up to the tee. Not only is golf the world’s most enjoyable game, but it’s also the world’s simplest to a point; and that point is somewhere around 80-95 strokes depending upon your own natural strength, vision, ability to judge distance,weather conditions, and golf course management.
If you have ambitions of scores lower than 80 this manual may be of help, but I would suggest that you get lessons from a PGA teaching Pro who is trained at picking out weak points in your own particular game. It is possible that you can continue to lower your score by reading, studying or acquiring self help materials; but before you are able to do this, you will have to know your own weak points, and most golfers are unable to accurately analyze their own games that well. Shooting in the 70s or 60s requires many finesse shots and a great deal of ball control as well as reading the greens, playing the elements, knowing the course, and knowing the rules of golf like the back of your hand. Not to mention great golf course management skills.It also requires knowing sand shots, golf strategy, club selection, ball selections, keeping it low or getting it high; all these things depending on the course you’re playing. The difference between a good player and a very good player can be as little as one stroke per hole (18 strokes), but they are as far apart as stopping for a quick bite at a fast food restaurant versus enjoying a fine gourmet dining.
Our common goal is to teach you how to shave strokes, and shave them permanently. Keep this in mind as you read this manual. We are working on you score, not mine. I already shoo in the mid 70’sto low 80’s. We are going to concentrate on your game. First, you will see your scores dropping by several strokes, then you will be within striking distance of the Century Mark. Suddenly, you’re a Bogey Golfer, and you start seeing more and more pars, and occasional birdie, fewer double bogeys, and bye bye to the Snowmen. You’ll see this happening, and quicker than you ever believed possible, as soon as you unclutter your mind, think golf and master the simple basics that I will teach you. And remember; this is guaranteed.
After completing your training on the basics, you will have gotten yourself down to a point of feeling good about your game and shooting enjoyable scores, then you can further perfect your game by working on the finesses of golf, studying Ben Hogan’s perfect swing, taking on more complex books of golf, or even contacting that teaching pro that we discussed earlier.
Before I became so actively involved in golf as I now am,I only played golf two or three rounds per year. Even though I only played a few rounds per year, I was still able to keep my scores consistently and surprisingly low. In 1981 I played three rounds of golf and shot 79,82 and 76 on par 71 and 72 courses. Until that time, I had never had a golf less from a pro. I did not even take up the game of golf until I was 26, and my first score was certainly over 100. (Embarrassment prohibits me from telling you exactly what my first score was.) I never had a lesson in person, but I read plenty of books and magazines. I read and studied, practiced and experimented. I waded through all the technical jargon and sifted out all the data that only served to cloud my vision and did not even apply to me and finally got myself down to the basics.
If you have read a typical article in the leading golf magazines, you know what I mean. These articles really and truly aim at correcting specific minor problems for the low handicapper, not Century Golfers. These finesse article are great if you want to go from a five to a four handicap, but learning to hit out of a divot (when playing winter rules) or bend your shot around a tree will never take you from a 119 to a 94; only basics will do that!
Please; don’t think I consider myself more knowledgeable than any of the leading tour pros, or any leading teaching pro. All I’m saying is that there is a very good possibility that they are so far removed from the average golfer, that they can’t address the most serious and basic question of “How do I break 100?” I honestly think some pros are born shooting par or thereabouts.
I think the best way to put golf into perspective is to compare it with other familiar activities. Compare golf to learning to drive a car. If a 15 year old is ready to learn to drive (and what 15year old isn’t), he will have one of his parents or a drivers ed teacher, teach him to drive. He will be taught the basics that will enable him to achieve his primary objective of acquiring a drivers license, we’re not going to teach him to be a professional driver. The child might take drivers education, or even consider a driving school. The child will receive the basic information and training that is necessary to get his or her drivers license. They will learn a little about safety, fast thinking, backing up, and driving attitudes; as well as weather condition consideration, but the basic knowledge he seeks is what he must know to get a driver’s license. The parents will not try to take the kid to a top NASCAR or Indy 500 driver for driving lessons. These men are too advanced, they would be too technical for the child. If a child has never sat behind the wheel of a care before (or only limited exposure), how can they comprehend what these men are telling them? All the kid wants, is to learn to to get a driver’s license.
In like manner, until you are breaking 100 with consistency, you are a golfing infant. It doesn’t matter if you have been on the courses every day for the past 40 years; “you are still a golfing infant”. The young person is only interested in getting his driver’s license, and you are only interested in breaking 100: don’t lose sight of that single minded goal.
I have a lot of vital information for you, so let’s proceed. Congratulations on the wise choice you have made in deciding to learn how to better play the game we all love. Study well the following pages, and I wish you good luck and good golfing.
KNOW THE RULES OF GOLF
It is not necessary to be the nations leading expert, but know as many of the rules as is reasonably possible. You must a t least own a current copy of the rules, and from time to time, look up an imaginary or actual instance to see what the rule is. Always remember that the knowledge of the rules is an asset in your favor, because with knowledge comes power. You will have the power of concentration for one thing, because your mind is not cluttered with uncertainty or questions except, how you want to play your next shot. If you don’t know if it is your turn to shoot, how can you decide what to shoot for example.
I know many instances where knowing the rules saved me strokes, or prevented me from being penalized because of infractions. For example; did you know that if an opponent concedes a stroke (or a hole) and calls a putt a “gimme” in your favor, you are not obligated to putt-out, even if it’s a 40 footer ! If you go ahead and try, but miss the putt, it’s still considered a made putt as long as you acknowledge his gimme. But if you did not acknowledge the gimme, then it is a chargeable missed putt.
The truth of the matter is; when dealing with any rules, laws or any form of bureaucracy, the advantage always belongs to the person who is “in the know”. Don’t forget, even if you make an honest mistake, someone could accuse you of being a cheater! Especially if you are playing for money.
All of this will be tempered when playing “Winter Rules”. But when playing “Winter Rules” I strongly recommend that you discuss with your opponents what the local rules are before assuming their rules are the same as yours. A good example of this is the out-of-bounds rule. I played in a league where the rule was: If a drive goes out of bounds the player drops the ball back into play where everyone agrees is about here the ball went out. The player assesses himself a one stroke penalty and is now hitting three. I’ve also played with players that do not assess the one stroke penalty. The drop into play, and now are hitting two. If someone is playing for money this could be a huge issue.
TIME TO LIGHTEN UP WITH A JOKE:
There was a gentleman playing golf one Sunday morning when an angle appeared and asked him why he wasn’t in church on Sunday. The golfer told the angle that a man only has so long on this earth to play golf and he hates to miss an opportunity on a beautiful morning. He went on to tell the angle that if he was assured that there were golf courses in heaven then he wouldn’t feel so obligated to play on Sundays. The angle wasn’t sure if heaven had golf course or not, so she told him that she would find out and get back to him next week.
Our golfer thought he had imagined his meeting with the angle and went about his business. The following Sunday he was back at the golf course and once again the angle appeared. The angle informed the golfer that she had good news and back news for him. The good news if that we do have golf courses in heaven. They are the most perfect and most beautiful courses anywhere. The courses are perfectly maintained, perfect speeds and breaks on the greens, and perfect lies in the fairways.
That’s great replied our golfer. “What’s the bad news?
“You have a 7:30 tee time for tomorrow morning!”