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'Secrets of the Short Game'

By Jason Sobel

When just having fun and not grinding it out on the back nine of a major championship, Phil Mickelson has been known to place a golf ball on an uphill lie, open up the club face, swing as hard as possible … and hit the ball backward, right over his head. You may not learn such tricks in his latest instructional book -- which was released on video earlier this year -- but other aspects of Mickelson's short-game mastery are certainly on display here, as the left-hander blends science (proper mechanics and set-up) and art (imagination and feel) to give readers further insight into how to get the ball closer to the hole from 50 yards and in.


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