Dimensions: 160 Pages
Published: January 12, 1996
Publisher: Broadway Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0553069403
ISBN - 13: 9780553069402
Read from the Book
How do you describe a living legend like Gary Player? Words like determined, superfit and courageous come to mind. As do phrases like "one of the all time golfing greats", or "the best bunker player in the world", or "the man in black", or occasionally "the toughest of competitors". All these reflect some facets of the man, and they have been applied to him over the years by a great many of his peers and most commentators. But do they entirely sum up Gary Player? It''s true that his record of Championship wins is more than impressive. He is one of only four golfers to have won the modern Grand Slam (the others being Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Jack Nicklaus). He won three British Opens in three decades over three of the most formidable courses: Royal Lytham, Carnoustie and Muirfield. He also won three Masters, two US PGAs and a US Open. Then, joining the Seniors circuit in 1985, he completed what he calls a Senior Slam: the British Senior Open, and US Senior Players Championship, the US PGA Seniors and US Seniors Open. While winning these tournaments, and many others around the globe, his game has been almost as good as ever. In 1988, for example, his average score in the US was 70.41 per round and Gary later confessed that these were the happiest and most enjoyable days of his life. It is just as well, because the continuing success (and the pleasure of traveling the world with his wife Vivienne) has kept him from his other great inter
From the Publisher
Gary Player is recognized and respected as a champion golfer all
over the world. One of only a few to have won all four majors, he
is legendary for being one of the toughest of competitors with an
enormous will to win and the coolest of heads under pressure.
Bunker shots are Gary Player''s favorite shots in golf, and in this
book he clearly outlines the secrets of his success from the
He is rated by most of his fellow professionals as the best bunker
player in the history of the game. Time after time, in the final
rounds of a championship, he has splashed out of sand from a
difficult lie to end up with a tap-in putt. He believes firmly that
his ability to play the bunkers has been the most significant
aspect of his game in every one of his sixteen major championship
victories on the regular and senior tours.
Player details the basic fundamentals of good bunker play, from
"reading the sand" to the set-up and the slow, wristy swing. He
discusses which type of sand wedge to use under different
conditions and what the various types of bunkers are that can
either help or hinder the average golfer. Player also shows you how
to practice your shots when you''re away from the course to help
you improve your game.
Accompanied by 150 color photographs that beautifully illustrate
Player''s techniques, Bunker Play is the complete
guide to mastering the high, short, or low shots that skip and
bite; shots from uphill, downhill, or buried lies; or long,
accurate fades from fairway bunkers.
After some practice, you should not only plan on getting out of the
sand every time and putting the ball safely on the green, but you
will aim, as he does, to hole out every greenside bunker shot you
About the Author
Winner of three British titles and one U.S. Open, three Masters and
two U.S. PGA Championships, Gary Player''s championship career
spans over twenty years. He leaves an important legacy for future
generations of golfers: a dedication toward pursuing talent to the
limit, whatever the cost. He is the author of Fit for
A versatile writer and highly respected business journalist, Mike
Wade has been the itinerant editor of influential management
magazines for the past twenty-five years. He has also researched
and worked extensively in eastern Europe. When time allows it,
he''s a once-a-month, out-of-condition golfer. He is the co-author
of The Lazy Golfer''s Companion.
From Our Editors
Bunker shots are Gary Player's forte.
Player, one of the few golfers in the world to
have won four majors, details the basic fundamentals of getting
your ball out of the sand in Bunker Play.
He explains which sand wedges are useful in various types of
bunkers and demonstrates ways for golfers to practice shots while
away from the course. In addition, this handy manual contains 150
stunning colour photos.