I love golf but it's a frustrating sport to learn. I come from a baseball background and have struggled with an arm dominated swing, usually resulting in right pushes and slices. The correct way to swing a golf club was not obvious to me and I struggled for a long time trying to swing more inside, always focused on what my arms and hands were doing during the swing. I compared my swing to what I saw pros doing and I was putting so much effort into my swing while they seemed to be hardly trying. I did not understand how that was possible and it inspired me to search out an easier, simpler way.
Within this book you will find a step by step process of rebuilding your swing from with a focus on easy repeatability. The methodology of Effortless is essentially a body turn with very relaxed arms. It's a surprisingly simple system. I honestly did not believe it would work until I tried it for myself. It's difficult to believe one can swing a club so well, with no loss in distance, with such little effort. The reason is simple and we all know it by now: the large muscles of the legs and back generate far more speed than the upper body alone. Effortless is a system to reliably generate momentum with the lower body while keeping your arms relaxed, which will generate a huge amount of club head speed. When I first set down this path I was comfortable with the idea of losing distance if I could just hit it straighter, but there's nothing about the Effortless system that compromises distance or accuracy.
Effortless, despite its brevity, leaves little room for misinterpretation. The writing is direct and as straightforward; it reminds me of Ben Hogan's no-nonsense style. A word of caution: each lesson is fundamental to those that follow it. It's tempting, but incorrect, to read through this book in a few sittings and try to apply it to your game. I made this mistake myself as I was anxious to improve. This approach will fail as it would with any golf instruction (book or otherwise). Many of the negative reviews gave the impression that they attempted to breeze through the material. Improvement will only come with patient study and a lot of practice. It takes time to transfer the written word to your mind, understand it fully, and commit that to muscle memory.
Effortless is the foundation of my game. It's more than just a book about how to swing a club; it's an approach to the game of golf that is free of stress. Many books can teach you how to swing a club better. Effortless will make you a capable ball striker and change your whole mindset on the course. This book will teach you how to be relaxed when you swing a club and that feeling will naturally translate to a more relaxed game overall. It's difficult to feel rushed or stressed when your swing is so pure and easy. If the idea of playing relaxed rounds of golf with a swing you can rely on appeals to you, buy this book now and never look back.
This is my first book review. I have written this review because this book has helped me hit the ball further, straighter, and more consistently than any other book I have read, and I have read all the most popular books. I’m also confident that this book will help you whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player like me. I’m 64 years old and have been playing for 52 years and I currently have 5.9 index handicap.
All great golf books explain that a good golf swing starts with a one piece takeaway using body, shoulders, and arms together, the arms come up, and the downswing begins with the lower body shifting the weight to the target leg and turn through to the finish. But they really don’t explain the steps to produce this type of swing as well as Michael McTeigue does.
If you follow the keys to the Effortless Golf Swing Michael lays out, and in the sequence of body motions, and the drills he asks you to practice, you will hit the ball better! Read the whole book. It’s a quick read. Don’t skip any of the drills like the” Lighthouse” turn which may seem like a beginners drill. It isn’t! It gives you the “feelings” of how the windup/coil should feel and how the shifting of weight should feel. These feelings and motions are building blocks to the swing itself. So don’t skip it!
I learn by feel and visually. So if you learn like me, I suggest you also purchase Michael’s: “The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing - in Eight Easy Lessons.” Using the two together will accelerate your learning.
I enjoy playing with all types of golfers with different skill levels, and when anyone asks me about my swing, I never hesitate to suggest they buy this book if they want to understand what you are supposed to do in the swing and how to do it. I hope this review helps, and I wish you well on your journey in becoming a better golfer!
This is an incredibly well-written book! It is difficult to express ideas simply and clearly in prose and this book does that superbly. Mr. McTeigue has a gift for communicating in words that convey laser-sharp images to the reader. Even better, he is able to apply this gift for clear writing to the golf swing (for which he also clearly has a gift). There are, I'm sure, plenty of amateur golfers who are good enough to need instruction in how to increase lag in the downswing or how to work the ball left or right. However, I suspect there are many more of us who are unable to begin our downswing from the ground up and, instead, yank on the club with our arms, casting the club from the top and spinning our shoulders around while our torso and legs are unable to contribute much, if anything, to the shot. It is frustrating and somewhat less than elegant! The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing starts from a very basic "lighthouse turn", which will result in an epiphany for many (this is so simple, why didn't I know this 30 years ago!), and builds the swing from there. If the steps are patiently followed, there is an outstanding chance you will rediscover the joy in this great game. Yes, it really is starting over, but, as is attributed to Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing things as you've always done them and expecting different results. Nothing else I've ever read makes this "starting over" process seem so easy or so desirable. Though this book is very easy to read, I continue to re-read it (now on about my eighth time) and each time I find another key sentence or concept that I hadn't noticed (or properly appreciated) before that helps improve the newly forming picture in my brain of what my golf swing is becoming. Bottom line: this book is brilliant!
I started playing golf roughly two years ago. In that time, I've read countless books on the golf swing and swing dynamics to the point that I help my friends get better based on my understanding of the golf swing; however, as is typically the case, I can help others, but can't seem to help myself - until now.
I picked up this book after another lackluster performance during a weekend outing in which I stopped on the 7th hole of a round of nine and left since I couldn't take my poor play anymore. The next day I bought this book and began the easy to understand drills immediately thinking what's the worse that could happen? I get a little better?
Well, I can tell you I got a lot better - quickly. I went from barely being able to hit my 3 hybrid to hitting it 200 yards straight, off the ground. I assumed this was just one of those "good golf days" and that I would fall back into my old habits a couple of days later. This couldn't be further from the truth! I'm not only hitting it better and further than ever, but I'm finally able to stop thinking about hitting the ball and focusing on the game which makes it so enjoyable.
If you're a weekend golfer like me and are willing to follow the instructions in this book, you will improve quickly and with little effort. I feel like I'm swinging about half as far back as I used to, yet I hit the ball further, higher and straighter than ever before.
I'm a 69 year old, with a 10 handicap. Like every golfer, I never quit trying to improve and shoot lower scores. This book is the best golf instruction I've read on developing a "free flowing, effortless" golf swing. Michael McTeigue has a unique teaching method and style that emphasizes the "feelings" you want in your swing, instead of the never ending positions and mechanical teaching you've seen from so many others. This swing technique is easy on your body, very repeatable and will give you that smooth full swing you've always wanted. Also, I STRONGLY recommend that you watch Michael McTeigue's YouTube videos online, as you read this book. They are 1980's vintage, but give a great visual of what his lessons are conveying in the written narrative of this book. And, if you want another opinion, watch the YouTube book review by MIGMATIS GOLF on "The Keys to the Effortless Golf Swing".
As any golfer knows, golf is a game that challenges you to "let go to gain control". Michael McTeigue has put that instruction into an easy-to-read and implement golf book. I recommend that you buy it and read it over and over, as you go to the range to start developing your own "Effortless Golf Swing"!
Once I finished reading this book I immediately wanted to apply the basic fundamentals to my golf swing only to be met with utter disappointment ! My old habits reared their ugly head almost instantly because it’s what felt comfortable after so many years. At the point of almost giving up entirely I reread of couple of key paragraphs and just worked on 2 simple exercises. I WAS BEYOND AMAZED ! I have NEVER hit the ball so consistently and gained at least 20-30 yards on each drive and only missed 2 fairways in 18 holes. My iron shots were coming off the clubs crisp and longer than usual. Normally I would stand over the ball not having a clue where it was going to go but now I have a pretty good idea. My targets have become much smaller and I have so much more confidence in my game.
I must say, I read this book without putting it down...partly because I read it on my computer. Seriously, I found the contents extremely valuable to this 72 year old person who's played golf for around 60 years. Some of those years as a 5 handicap and most recently as about a 10-11. What I enjoyed about this book, although it's valuable for people new to the game, is its value to me as an experienced player who struggles with a mind full of mechanics. While playing golf, giving up my mind to target and feel is just anathema. I can walk down the fairway and hit 5 shots and have 5 different swing thoughts for each one of them...and I can do that for 18 holes, and all different too. So, I found this book as an enlightenment and as encouragement that I can play with my golf-swing knowledge and talents yet still play by just feel. Thank you, Mike, for this well-written book on golf. I will refer to some of the "feel" gems often like balance, momentum, rhythm, and centeredness(my word).
I have read some great books before this one and I would like to add that I saw this book around a year ago. I actually bought bulletproof putting by this author first and found it a great read ( no pun intended). I didn't realize that they were the same author until a few pages into this book. I downloaded this book with the audio feature and listened to it in the car while driving. However, I suggest that you read a chapter two or three times to really understand it before you try the drills. In two days of using the "keys", I am starting to understand the saying of " let the club do the work". This book has helped me tremendously in just a short period of time that I cannot wait until next season to truly see the results. You have to do the drills and you have to spend time on the range. Nothing in life is effortless but after you work on the drills and stick to this plan you will see your potential. I also have a full time job and I do not have four hours a day to practice, however, I can assure you that you will not need that much time to reap the benefits from this book. I have read "Five Lessons" five times and the little red book and tour tempo( which is great also) and others. This book is now my TEXTBOOK. I shot a 39 today on a pretty difficult course for me with a rating of 124 and it was only my second time playing that course. This book works! That's an improvement of 3.7 strokes. It is not always going to be like that but mentally it helped me improve.
My only improvement on this book is more illustrations. I also think that the author wants you to read it over and over again so that it is drilled in your head without visual effects.
This is an excellent book for a two plane golf swing. It happens to be the swing I employ so I enjoyed the read and picked up a pointer or two. What I felt was really important and most helpful to new and struggling golfers was the emphasis on using the legs for power. I still remember when the light went on for me about using my lower body during a lesson. I asked when I should use my shoulders during the down swing. The teaching pro said, "I want you to do nothing with your shoulders." I think that is the most difficult concept about the golf swing to comprehend and apply. However, when it is accomplished it makes the game a pleasure to play.
...book out there since Hogan's Five Lesson's. In fact, if I was going to recommend one book to a beginning golfer this would be it.
UPDATE: I promised to update this review after re-reading the book and using Michael's drill. After my round last fall, when I broke 90 for the first time in years following a single read-through of "Effortless", I have gone back and re-read the book and did the drills. I also found many facets of the book that I had already forgotten, e.g., free swinging arms regardless of grip. I am hitting crisper and farther than ever by religiously following Michael's instruction through the drills. I will be revisiting this program (because that is what it is) again and again.
Here's why I think Michael's program works. Many online tips and even observational 1:1 lessons are based on a mechanical thing that the instructor wants to replicate. Michael's book tells you how an optimal golf swing should FEEL to YOU. That is what I have always wanted to do, get inside a touring pro's head and feel what he feels. Michael's book will help you do that. Yes, I know many of the concepts have been covered by Jimmy Ballard and others. But Michaels shows you how to implement it in a way no other book does. It is my new golf bible.
I have been playing for over 30 years, struggling to break 90. After just reading this book I immediately, had the best round of the last 3-4 years. I have been struggling with my irons (driver OK but not much distance).
Basically shaved 7 strokes off my score and broke 90 for the first time in years. I hit more GIR than in any round in the last few years as well. Additionally, I was much less sore and frustrated after my round than I have been for a long time.
Note, this was after just reading the book and incorporating the key elements into my game. I expect even greater results when I actually do the drills in the volume and sequences suggested by Mr. McTeigue. I will update my review then.
To much "hit" instruction out there these days. And the golf swing does not usually feel like it looks. Which is why many amateurs are misled by watching the pros.
Finally, to those who say the book is too "thin". Nonsense. This is all you need. You won't be confused and you will focus on the fundamentals that are mostly like to transform your swing. Think of the many of the greatest golf instructional books out there. They too are relatively short and focused:
1. Five Lessons, Ben Hogan 2. Swing Easy, Hit Hard, Julius Boros 3. Little Red Book, Harvey Penick 4. Play Your Best Golf, Tommy Armour (although he advocates "hitting" which messed me up, I think).
I only wish I had run into this book years ago when I first starting playing and my first instructor was trying to get me to relax my arms more.