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									The Nicklaus Way
Author: John Andrisani

In The Nicklaus Way, acclaimed golf writer John Andrisani analyzes how Nicklaus created such a
powerful swing and developed near perfect shot selection. Andrisani also reveals the secrets to Nicklaus's
mental and course-management games, and shows golfers how to prepare thoroughly for a round of golf -
- Nicklaus style. What makes this book unique is that Andrisani goes far beyond the fundamentals of the
setup and swing that Nicklaus learned from teacher Jack Grout and that enabled him to win so many
major championships. Taking the instructional analysis process to the next level, Andrisani identifies for
the first time subtle technical points of Nicklaus's swing that are not talked about in any of his
instructional books or videos, as well as some new swing fundamentals Nicklaus learned from other top
teachers such as Rick Smith.In The Nicklaus Way, Andrisani also looks at Nicklaus's tee-to-green game,
sharing with golfers the ins and outs of this great golfer's uncanny shot-making game. The instruction is
easy to follow, so golfers will have no excuse for not being able to hit everything from a power fade drive to
a biting short iron to a long putt.

One summer day, in 1981, while working as assistant editor of England's Golf Illustrated magazine, I was
sent on assignment to review a new course opening on the outskirts of London. Quite honestly, I forget
the name of the course, but I will never forget the day. Jack Nicklaus, the course architect, was to play
an exhibition match with three other top professionals: Severiano Ballesteros from Spain, Isao Aoki from
Japan, and Bill Rogers from America. Once I got the news of the assignment, I could not wait for the
exhibition day to arrive in a fortnight's time. Because the event was open only to the press, I looked
forward to getting a close-up view of golf 's greatest player of all time and pick up some pointers that I
could pass on to readers and apply to my own game. I had seen Nicklaus play before in official
tournaments, but my view was almost always hindered by huge galleries and having to stand so far
behind the ropes separating the gallery from the players. Therefore, I had never been in a position to
analyze Nicklaus's swing. Besides, I had not been writing about instruction back then, so I was not all
that interested in technical secrets. In 1981 my outlook was different. I was very excited about seeing
Nicklaus play because I knew I would be able to get close to him on the practice tee and during the
round. From these vantage points, I could closely analyze his swing, shot-making game, and strategic
play. On the day of the exhibition, Nicklaus did not let me down. From the time I arrived on the practice
tee to meet him and watch him hit warm-up shots, I started gaining insights into technical points of his
setup and swing that were never mentioned in his classic book Golf My Way, written in 1974. What
surprised me most, as I watched Nicklaus select a club, address each shot slowly and surely, hit on-
target shots with woods and irons, and analyze the ball's flight, was his intensity. Nicklaus's all-business
mindset really impressed me, especially considering that he was playing in a casual event, not warming
up for a major championship. Nicklaus's strong-willed, determined attitude played a major role in his
winning ways, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. But even in his amateur days, winning two U.S.
Amateur championships before turning pro, he has been a serious golfer. He has always stuck to a strict
work ethic and maintained the same steady and strong competitive spirit. These assets, plus knowing
that to promote the best possible swing and shot, you must carefully take the time to correctly line up
your body and the clubface, allowed Nicklaus to rise to the top of the golf world and stay there for a very
long time. Even today, though Nicklaus is admittedly entering his career twilight years, every golfer can
learn to cut strokes off their score simply by copying this golfing master's preswing steps and address
routine -- vital fundamentals taught to Nicklaus at an early age by Jack Grout, the golf pro at Scioto
Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Nicklaus began taking group and private lessons from Grout at age ten,
his father and mentor, a member of Scioto, often looking on. Many golfers have heard that Grout was the
golf instructor who taught Nicklaus, but few know just how educated Grout was on the intricacies of golf
swing technique. That Grout evolved into such a technical whiz had a lot to do with the people he
associated himself with. At age twenty, when he became an assistant to his older brother Dick, the pro
at the Glen Garden Club in Fort Worth, Texas, he played and conversed with two young golf talents:
Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. . . .
Author Bio
John Andrisani
John Andrisani is the author of The Hogan Way, The Bobby Jones Way, The Tiger Woods Way, and The
Nicklaus Way. He has also written books with top teachers and tour players and he contributes
instruction to various golf and other popular magazines. Andrisani, a low-handicap golfer, is a former
course record holder and winner of the World Golf Writers' Championship. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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