Hit Down Dammit! by Clive Scarff is a practical instruction and motivational golf book, that gives you all you need for every part of your game. It begins straight forwardly enough by stating, "What you are about to learn is not new. It is effectively the central ingredient of the golf swing and has been since before the hickory shaft."
So if there's nothing new, why read it? Partly because it's the tie of the year that Major League Baseball heads out to Spring Training to get in shape, but more importantly, to get back to the basics. Which is what we need to do after a long winter.
But more than that, Hit Down Dammit! demonstrates how mastering one essential element of what can be a frustrating game can return big dividends in the coming golf season. It centres on one simple principle - to get the golf ball to go up, `Hit Down Dammit!'.
Written in clear, easy to understand language, the book is not patronizing, or overly complex. The tone is informal, often humourous, but always dead serious about golf and how to help golfers improve their own game.
Whatever level of experience, or for that matter, your handicap, Hit Down Dammit! will help to improve your game in the areas of accuracy and distance. Scarff is a teaching professional who stresses that without an understanding of how and why to hit down, all other forms of golf instruction are likely to be ineffective.
Hitting down, he tells us is the foundation of all instruction. Combining simple science with matter of fact principles, the book walks you through the steps to success by providing solid information on hitting down.
There is a series of fact vs clichés that cover the most common errors in golf as they relate to hitting down. Since I subscribe to all the faults discussed here, I can see that by learning to Hit Down Dammit! I'll make most of them vanish, including my need to my concentrate on avoiding them. Which is a remarkable and wonderful concept.
Before, as I prepared to drive the ball two or three hundred yards, I focused on not lifting my head, on keeping it still, on keeping my eye on the ball, and on planning to finish `high'. By the time I'm into my back swing, I've lost touch with the goal of making contact with the ball.
Hitting down relieves me of the need to even worry about focusing on my faults and avoiding them. So, for me, Scarff's book not only enables me to golf better, but I get to do it with a greater sense of enjoyment, less stress and more peace of mind.
Hit Down Dammit! offers drills to practice the different skill sets associated with hitting down and contains plenty of pictures that demonstrate exactly what should be done or what has been done wrong.
I particularly like the section of the book where the most common complaints are listed and then discussed fully by relating them to a lack of hitting down. This is the application of Scarff's theory to the practical side of golf. Here you not only receive an understanding of the problems encountered by many amateur golfers in full clear explanations, but by simply hitting down, those complaints are immediately minimized or just disappear. My advice to you is to buy this book, and begin right now, just in time for Spring Training to start Hit(ting) Down Dammit!