Book: "If Your Swing Thought is Longer Than a Tweet... IT'S TOO LONG!!!"
Author: Ted Eleftheriou
Price: $5.00 - Yes it’s only $5
Where to Buy: www.creategolfers.com
If you spend even a small amount of time on twitter, and are interested in golf, you will soon come across tweets with the #golftip hashtag. Odds are the person who sent that tweet was Ted Eleftheriou, and if it wasn’t Ted himself, then likely it was retweeted by someone who follows Ted. Not too long ago Ted released an awesome Ebook showcasing all of his most popular golf tip tweets.
Before I get into what I love about the book, first a little background. The man behind the @CreateGolfers twitter account has been teaching golf for 18 years and has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) since 1998. He also has been a PGA President’s Council member since 2003 and finished in the top 5% in the United States in PGA Business School. Currently he is Director of Instruction at Create Golfers Academy at MetroWest Golf Club. I could go on, but I think it is fair to say Ted Eleftheriou’s golf game is a little better than mine.
The tweet that started it all
According to the book, at one point while Mr. Eleftheriou was teaching a student who was taking a long time to swing the club. He eventually interrupted her and said her swing shouldn’t be longer than a Tweet. Later his first golf tip tweet was sent: “If your swing thought is longer than a tweet… it’s too long.” Soon these 140 character golf tweets became a regular occurrence from Ted, and was retweeted and favorited by many active golfers who use twitter. The book is a collection of the most popular twitter postings.
The thing I love about the book, and the tweets, is the bite sized information. Most instructional books go on and on to cover a key point or concept. By the time you are finished reading 30 pages you may have read a lot of good information, but most people will only remember the last few sentences. With Ted’s tips, everything is contained within 140 characters and easy to remember.
Tweets for all swings
The book has broken down 5 different aspects of the swing including fullswing, chipping/pitching, putting specialty shots and a last section called “stuff” where psychology, practice and more are covered. If you are looking to work on a specific aspect of your swing, then I like to scan through the section and find a couple of pointers I would like to work on and then keep them in mind throughout a practice session or game. The short tweets are easy to remember and easy to focus on, and helps me from being overwhelmed by all of the mechanics of a golf swing. Here are a few of my favorites.
#golftip #golf What does your divot tell you? If it starts straight & curves a bit left. That's good. Club was square @ impact & swung inside
#golftip #golf Too difficult trying to adjust putting speed by varying tempo. Keep tempo constant and vary stroke length. Only one variable.
The tweets keep coming.
While writing this review, I contacted Ted and asked him where he got the inspiration for his twitter golf tips. He said,
“Much of my inspiration for these tips come from my students (unbeknownst to them). So there is plenty of material to pull from. I also pull many from my past experiences, lessons I've taken, and from ongoing research. And the golf swing/mechanic tips are just one part of the whole game. There's the psychological part of the game, the learning part, the practicing part, motivation... etc... lots of topics to Tweet about.”
And what about publishing a follow up?
“Yes... actually I have another Twitter tips book (or two!!) in the making as well as another book with more detailed instruction. The latter being one that's going to be based on game development and more of a "How To..." type style.”
Can’t wait to see the new book(s). I was wondering if Ted was running out of tips, and he had this to say.
“Well... not so far. Much of my inspiration for these tips come from my students (unbeknownst to them). So there is plenty of material to pull from. I also pull many from my past experiences, lessons I've taken, and from ongoing research. And the golf swing/mechanic tips are just one part of the whole game. There's the psychological part of the game, the learning part, the practicing part, motivation... etc... lots of topics to Tweet about.”
For $5 you can’t go wrong
If you are looking for some easy to remember tips then this is the book for you. With its electronic format you can load it up on your smartphone and bring it with you to the course or driving range and get to work on your golf game right away. Ted’s depth of knowledge and easy to digest tips make this book well worth the money. Get yours today at the Create golfers website http://www.creategolfers.com.