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Golf Magazine releases "Big Book of Basics" for skill improvement

You are new to golf and have yet to find your swing. Or you've played for years and need to rediscover it. Whatever the situation with your game, fundamentally, it's often a matter of getting back to basics.

In BIG BOOK OF BASICS (Time Home Entertainment Inc., 2012; $32.95 hardcover) Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers, the nation's most elite group of golf instructors, provide the definitive golf guide on raising your skill level—and lowering your scores.

The book follows in the accomplished footsteps of Golf Magazine's acclaimed series of lesson manuals that introduced specialized instruction of every facet of the game—from driving to putting—and presents a fundamental approach to the game.

"Many of our previous titles covered advanced moves and techniques, but the BIG BOOK OF BASICS addresses the proven basics every player needs to shoot lower scores," said David DeNunzio, Golf Magazine's managing editor for instruction. "This book is the ultimate golf primer. It doesn't matter if you're new to the game, frustrated with your ability to score or simply in the market for a refresher on tried-and-true mechanics.

"No more surprises. No more blow ups. Our basics team has left nothing to chance in providing the direction players of all skill levels have been seeking to elevate their games."

The basics team DeNunzio is referring to consists of seven members of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers—a group that combined, own nearly 2,000 years of teaching experience and have instructed more than one million golfers.

Lou Guzzi of Talamore Country Club in Ambler, PA., a two-time PGA Teacher of the Year in the Philadelphia Section, begins by discussing the pre-swing basics of grip, address and aim.

Mike Perpich of RiverPines GC in Johns Creek, GA brings his more than 30 years of teaching experience to explaining the step-by-step guide to a repeatable swing by blending the correct body and arm movements.

Brian Manzella of English Turn G&CC in New Orleans instructs golfers on how to squeeze those extra yards out of their games with drivers, fairway metals and hybrids.

Baltusrol GC's Jason Carbone, one of the best young teachers in the game, takes you from the tee to the green with a short-game clinic that shows you how to master the three basic shots from inside 50 yards: the chip, pitch and lob.

Dom DiJulia puts on a putting clinic. DiJulia, a PGA Master Professional from Jericho National GC in New Hope, PA. and two-time Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year, stresses taking a big-picture approach: focusing on the process of planning your putt and making your stroke in six steps rather than obsessing on all the technical details.

With the big picture of basics in your arsenal, Kellie Stenzel of Palm Beach Country Club, FL, one of the top 50 women teachers in the country, takes you to the next step: how to shape shots by making simple adjustments and fix the 10 most common swing faults that crop up in every player's game.

Mike Davis of the Walters Golf Academy in Las Vegas, a 16-time PGA Teacher of the Year in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Sections, plays the ultimate bunker buster: wrapping things up with a primer on escaping the sand as easily as possible.

BIG BOOK OF BASICS includes hundreds of color photos and easy-to-follow lessons and drills that explain and illustrate each concept. Each concept is broken down into lessons, checkpoints and drills that provide golfers with the basics they need to improve. Fundamentals never go out of style and the level and quality of instruction in this book make them easy to master.

By GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Teachers

Edited and Introduction by David DeNunzio, Managing Editor-Instruction, Golf Magazine
Time Home Entertainment Inc.
Publication date: October 23, 2012
$32.95 hardcover

Brian Robin
BZA Public Relations
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Damian Secore
BZA Public Relations
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