Golf has been played for almost 7 centuries already. And for all these 7 centuries - starting from the SAME 7-century-old initial fundamentals as in the 1400s, entailing the same old burdens and problems we all suffer and cope with.
Zar Point Address delivers the New, Contemporary Golf Fundamentals, which discard most of these inherited problems golfers fight on the way of perfecting their golf swing.
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“The golf swing is in a constant state of evolution. Top players today swing differently than we did
30 years ago, just as guys of my generation bore little resemblance to players from the 1930s. ” Johnny Miller
Golf has been played for more than seven centuries already; the host of the 2007 British Open, the Carnoustie Golf Club, has been hosting competitions since the 1500s. In fact, in the 1400s golf first became known outside of Scotland, its country of origin, because the King of Scotland issued a decree which forbade his army to play golf, because his archers had often been playing golf all-day-long and were, as a result, failing to improve their marksmanship.
Currently an estimated 100 million people practice the game of golf - many playing at least an 18-hole round each week, with many more playing occasionally at a community or vacation golf course or at a driving range. Of these 100 million golfers, 30 million are in the USA alone (15 million of these 30 are what USGA calls “core golfers”). The average golfer’s score for 18 holes is 97, or 25 over par – a far cry from the results of the professionals we watch on TV. The worse statistic in golf, though, is that every year 1 million people quit the game due to frustration and despair – after an average of 3 years of fruitless attempts to start playing at a somewhat-decent level.
For all these centuries, these hundreds of millions have played the game attempting to use the same fundamentals – the same position at address, the same grip at address, the same static grounding of their feet for “stability”, the same angle between arms and shaft at address etc.
I hope that after reading this book you will not be able to resist the temptation to scream:
”How on Earth is that possible?”
This book will show you the myriad reasons – more than 70 in all - why you should abandon the accepted “fundamentals” – the “normal Setup Point Address” which you have always known and taken for granted. Those “fundamentals” are anything but normal, leading only to back injuries and left-leg traumas, instead of enabling you to feel the JOY of golf away from the hospital! There is a reason why the drug companies for back and joint pain relief advertise on the Golf Channel – that’s where their customers are!
You are on your way to learning the new Contemporary Golf Fundamentals of “Zar Point Address” – the Point of Ignition in golf.
Since the average drive for the average golfer is 175 yards, your main task while reading this book is to chose between:
175-yards-drive with back and leg injuries or
275-yards-drive with joy and ease.
It is certainly assumed that any golfer in his right mind would prefer a method of driving the golf ball that allows him to propel the ball 275 yards with joy and ease, over a method that restricts him to 175 yards with the great risk of back injury and frustration we know so well. Nevertheless, read each of the 70 reasons why the 275-yards-drive with joy and ease is better than the 175-yards-drive with back injury. It is within the explanations of these reasons that the lessons of this book are presented, in order to keep your motivation high, while allowing you to see how to actually achieve your improvements immediately and virtually automatically.
Please note that none of these 70 reasons actually refers to the very attainable yet looking astonishing distance gains - I know that if it doesn’t increase the distance you wouldn’t even bother to open the book. The gains in consistency and comfort alone should be enough to convince anyone that the Zar Point Address is the way to go.
These 70 reasons show you why the Zar Point Address, when practiced correctly, will allow you to make this wonderful, seemingly impossible, transition in your golf game. Each of these reasons has been researched painstakingly; for a glimpse into the author’s mindset, you are referred to the “mother” of this undertaking, the Zar Points Theory of Bridge Bidding that has been proven to be the best Bridge Hand Evaluation and Bidding Technique today (http://www.ZarPoints.com). It illustrates in a different context the kind of thoroughness that has gone into the development of the Zar Point Address.
The goal of Zar Points in Bridge is to convert an intermediate Bridge Player into an Expert virtually overnight. Similarly, as ambitions as it sounds, the new contemporary golf fundamentals of the Zar Point Address are designed to boost your Golf Swing virtually overnight.
A couple of words about the conventions used throughout the book:
Throughout the entire text, the golfer is assumed to be right-handed– just for the sake of clarity. Left-handed golfers should of course replace all lateral and rotational direction-specific references with their opposites.
Zar Point Address has no inherent variations in either the execution or the effectiveness with respect to gender – all such choices in the text are completely arbitrary.
We use CAPITAL letters to stress a WORD in a sentence if needed.
We use Bold-faced Text to stress a CONCEPT or introduce important information in a sentence.
Whenever a particular sculpting of words is known to belong to somebody, it was marked on the spot – a similar effort was made even for the graphics / images / pictures. Nevertheless, if you still happen to spot any omission in that regard, please do not hesitate to let me know. It will be diligently reflected in the next reprint. As a general reference, most of the pictures are taken from the free pool of thumbnail photos of Getty Images, as well as from You Tube, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine, as referenced throughout the book.
The video files of Zar Point Address executions performed by top profess-sionals (you can play them on the website http://www.ZarGolf.COM) are prepared by me as an illustration of how it would look like in the hands of these golfers. These videos are a very useful tool, which you can play any time you need to check how the Zar Point Address would look like in execution.
Mark Twain once summarized the average-golfer’s view of the game as:
“A Good Walk, Ruined”.
We all know it is … and we all feel that it shouldn’t be … Now we will see that it is easier than you think to “un-ruin” and enjoy it. The goal of this book is to show you how.
We number the current introductory section as “0” since the basic things we discuss here are not among what we consider “reasons to switch”.
You have often heard the phrase that “Everyone has a different swing, but they all have the same fundamentals – grip, address, posture, stance, head position, etc”. This kind of thinking automatically slams the door on considering and challenging the fundamentals – “Who are you to challenge the unchallengeable!
Every teacher all the way up to Tiger Woods’s current teacher Hank Haney tells you that everything you do in your swing is geared toward one and one goal only – reaching the perfect impact position, the so called “moment of truth”.
The first major problem in the “classic fundamentals set-up" that the average Joe faces when trying to build his swing is that he has to ARRIVE at a proper point-of-impact position where he has NEVER BEEN BEFORE. The vast majority of golfers don’t even know what that impact position feels like. They have heard nice fairy-tales about that position, they have seen it on TV countless times, yet they themselves have never been there.
Alice: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
Cheshire Cat: "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
Alice: "I don't much care where –"
Cheshire Cat: "Then it doesn't matter which way you go,"
Alice: "– so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
Cheshire Cat: "Oh, you're sure to do that, if you only walk long enough."
What is even worse is that “Joe” has to arrive there on his own, without even having any a-priori criteria by which to judge what he has achieved – good, bad, or so-so. He may “sense” that “it is something like that” but the entire experience is no more than a brief “flash” on the way to the finish position, so he cannot even realize what’s going on. Surely he can observe the “after-effects” such as the ball flight produced, but he remains ignorant of what the actual “moment of truth” might be.
This brings us to the second major problem the average golfer faces - the overwhelming and often contradictory information he gets from:
You have been told by all these resources that you have to:
… just to arrive somewhere where you have never been before ... in a position covered by a dense fog of uncertainty ... The net result is that this waterfall of "active verbs" just puts you in total disarray and despair...
If the goal is to properly reach “the moment of truth”, why not START from there, and then come BACK to this moment! The Zar Point Address puts you at the point of perfect impact so you can easily RETURN there where you have just been. Now you know what it looks like and how it feels.
It is much easier to get back to where you have started just a second ago, than to "work your way out" from the static and remote-from-target "set-up" position which we refer to as “Setup Point Address”. This “traditional” position simply sets you up for a painful “journey toward the unknown" ...
The idea of the Zar Point Address is to change this “traditional” thing that is considered “rock-solid” – the so called “fundamentals” or the Setup Point Address with your stance, posture, grip, position etc.
And the reason for doing that is simple – we will change it because these so called “fundamentals” are …
The old “fundamentals” that we all know, prevent everyone from playing to his potential – you and me, Tiger and Phil. No exception.
They are the main reason why the #1 injury in golf is the back injury, followed by left-leg traumas, with all the consequences.
Potentially, they “steal” some 100 yards from the high Handicapper.Not 5 yards, which he can get back ” by buying a new Driver with “the latest and greatest technology”; not 10 or 20 yards that a teacher might give him by his corrections; but a whopping 100 yards!
They are the root cause for your inconsistencies – one time in the water, next time on the roof of the Club House, then OB … and yes, some times on the fairway (the wrong fairway that is). You have seen Tiger himself “execute” all these shots on TV – forget about how often we’ve been there!
They are the reason that you are stiff and that you hit at the ball, instead of smoothly swinging through it…
They are the reason why your shots spray all-over-the-place in no particular direction and make you wonder where the ball is going to end up this time …
They are the cause for your constant fear and tension.
They are the cause for your chronic emotional failures (well, on the golf course, anyway).
Do you see how BEAUTIFUL the pro looks at the point of impact, yet how RIDICULOUS that same guy looks with “the stick between his legs” at address! If you look at him from some 50 yards behind, you might think that he’s relieving himself on the tee …
Those are two FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT pictures, aren’t they - the Setup Point of Address and the Point of Impact.
Speaking about pictures… I went to Getty Images and searched for pictures of golfers at the point of impact. Naturally, I started with Tiger – there are almost 3,000 different professional pictures of Tiger there, in all kinds if positions. I selected some out of the hundreds and hundreds of pictures where Tiger is at the point of impact.
Then I looked for Tiger addressing the ball...
This was a very hard search – I managed to find only one - and he is not actually addressing the ball, but rather in a pre-shot routine, looking down-the target-line where the camera is.
I was very impressed by the results of this exercise – hundreds and hundreds of pictures at the point of impact and virtually no picture of him addressing the ball … does that reveal something! It should. Let me tell you, just between you and me – if Tiger doesn’t look good enough for a professional picture at the Setup Point Address, then you and I look flat-out ugly, my friend!
But trust me – our look is not among the 70 Reasons to quit the old fashioned fundamentals, and as mentioned above, even distance gain isn’t – that is why the sequential number associated with this discussion is #0.
If you are reading these pages, you are already familiar with the so called “Setup Point Address” or the old “fundamentals”.
Now let’s take a deep breath and think about how many different kinds of
‘tips’ , etc.
that you need to learn, practice and think of, just because the Setup Point Address and the “untouchable fundamentals” have put all kinds of burden on you. The Zar Point Address discards the “normal” Setup Point Address and uses the point of impact as the point of address.
You start from the position you want to RETURN to, rather than from a position that forces you to make so many “corrections” and to push your body to ARRIVE at the point of impact.
After introducing all the aspects of the Zar Point Address, we will see how Bellman’s Principle of Optimality (a logistics concept) provides an explanation of why the Zar Point Address is the only thing that is worth your consideration.
No prior golf experience is actually needed - just relax and read.
Simply put, we MERGE the point of IMPACT and the point of ADDRESS into the new Zar Point Address, thus automatically solving all the 70 problems that are discussed in this book “just like that” – in a snap.
The essence of it all is that we don’t need any of these
… for a problem that we can simply ELIMINATE! If we eliminate the problem, then there is no need for us to
take lessons for
… all these things, that in effect cause us to become
Now we realize that we have invested so much time and money only to suffer, instead of to enjoy!
The last thing that one would expect from fundamentals is that they should cause a host of un-wanted results – and that is exactly what the old Setup Point Address does. The long and short of it is that we are first pushed into a problem that we shouldn’t have in the first place, and then must learn the slew of ‘lessons’ mentioned above, so we can NEVER get out of the woods because we have to think of 53 things simultaneously, and within the tight time-window of one second while we are swinging the club!
The entire swing ends-up being a bunch of patchwork “fixes” that makes it look like a busy old road, with freshly-filled potholes allover the place.
If, instead, everything happened automatically, we would just enjoy the moment – the way it should be. We would never have even wasted the time
in an effort to execute numerous “fixes” to equally numerous specific aspects of a problem that has been “forcefully” imposed on us to begin with.
Not only that, but we have been BLINDED by virtue of the ‘respectful’ name “fundamentals”, so we never dare to even question those and get to the root of the problem …
To give you an idea about how complex things are when one begins the swing with the old-fashioned address and fundamentals, let’s have a look at an officially-patented invention, intended to serve as a training aid.
Here is this patented apparatus (with all due respect of course) for a Golf Swing Training Machine - referenced directly through the Canadian Patents Database.The design is certainly based on the premise that a golfer starts from the old-fashioned Setup Point Address:
What we see is obviously quite a sophisticated machine. And it would have to be sophisticated if it is supposed to “take care” of all the possible mistakes and wrong movements that are caused by the same untouchable “fundamentals” we suffer with and are afraid to question.
How much science will we be wiling to pile up on top of these so called “fundamentals” before we dare to question them? How many lessons will we be willing to take in order to learn all the “fixes” and “secrets”? And are we indeed capable of thinking of them all simultaneously, anyway?
Have another look at the patented machine above before answering …
Tommy Armour, perhaps the #1 Golf Teacher of all times used to say:
"Possibly you have been made a victim of the great delusion in golf, that of believing that the answer lies in tricks”.