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Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Strokeby Dave Stockton
Synopses & Reviews
"The Pro Tours' Hottest Coach" (Golf Digest) reveals the secrets that helped Phil Mickelson win the 2010 Masters and can utterly transform every player's game.
When a resurgent Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship in September 2009, he was quick to credit a series of simple putting lessons from veteran golf champion and instructor Dave Stockton. As a top coach, Stockton has taught a long list of pro players-including Annika Sorenstam, Yani Tseng (winner of four LPGA tournaments), Adam Scott (Texas Open champion), Hunter Mahan (Phoenix Open champion), and Morgan Pressel (World Ladies Championship of Japan winner)-the putting strategies that finessed their game.
Stockton's breakthrough concept is that every player has their own Signature Stroke, which is unconscious. Good putting comes from the mind, Stockton says, not from a series of stiff mechanical positions. With visualization, the right frame of mind, an efficient pre-putt routine, and connection to the individual internal stroke signature, any player can make far more putts. Putting has always been taught as an offshoot to the full swing, when in reality it is far different- almost a different game. Unconscious Putting will help players get out of the rigid, mechanical, overthinking trap.
In Unconscious Putting, Stockton shows how players at every handicap level-from pros to weekend golfers-can putt effortlessly and with confidence by integrating a new mental approach with a few simple physical routines that will keep them locked on target. Readers will also gain invaluable advice on reading greens and equipment. Illustrated throughout and filled with anecdotes about how Stockton's lessons have helped today's leading players, Unconscious Putting is a must-have golf book and a category classic-in-the-making.
The Pro Tours hottest coach” (Golf Digest) distills the lessons of a private strategy session into an indispensable soft skills” companion.
Credited with transforming the short games of world-class golfers like Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Annika Sorenstam, and Yani Tseng, Dave Stockton is one of the most sought-after coaches in golf. Yet Stocktons natural abilities are more like the average players than those of most tour superstars. Not particularly long off the tee and average in terms of ballstriking, Stockton has won multiple major championships through a willingness to set his ego aside and analyze his game objectively—precisely what make him so effective as an instructor. The hallmark of Stocktons coaching is the idea that trying doesnt work.” He shows students how to get out of their own way and let their subconscious take over.
In Own Your Game, Stockton recreates the experience of riding eighteen holes with him at one of his highly sought-after corporate outings. He explains how any player can learn to use his or her mind effectively—both in the microcosm of the shot at hand and in plotting a way through a round. Amateur golfers are tired of trying to imitate the swings of the pros—to mostly disastrous results. Stockton gives players the tools and the freedom to play better with the swing they currently have. Portable, conversational, practical—and complete with a mini-guide to playing business golf with colleagues and clients—Own Your Game shows how players at all levels can master the all-important mental game.
andldquo;The Pro Toursandrsquo;s hottest coachandrdquo; (Golf Digest) scores the perfect follow-up to his bestselling golf guide, Unconscious Putting.and#160;
Dave Stockton is hotter than ever. The 2011 U.S. Open winner, Rory McIlroy, studied with the renowned instructor and two-time former PGA champion, and credits Stocktonandrsquo;s teachings as the reason behind his own putting success.
In Unconscious Putting, Stockton introduced amateur players to the techniques, strategies, and mental processes he uses to help tour players find so much success on the green. Now, Unconscious Scoring completes Stocktonandrsquo;s short-game education by teaching readers how to make the most of shots around the greenandmdash;the best place to achieve lower scores. Simplicity is the key to Stocktonandrsquo;s remarkable instruction success, and he breaks down the short game into two componentsandmdash;low shots and high shotsandmdash;explaining both the technique and the context of how and when the shots should be used.
Besides McIlroy, Stockton has worked with champions such as Phil Mickelson, Yani Tseng (the number-one ranked woman in the world), and Annika Sorenstam. In Unconscious Scoring, Stockton illustrates his principles with examples from his week-to-week sessions with these and many more of the gameandrsquo;s top players. Including black-and-white and color photos and instructional video tags, Unconscious Scoring reveals the simple processes and transformative insights that every playerandmdash;whatever his or her handicapandmdash;yearns to master.
About the Author
Dave Stockton is the winner of five major championships (two PGA championships, the 1996 Senior Open, and two Senior Player championships), eleven tournament victories on the PGA Tour, and fourteen wins on the Champions Tour. He was also the captain of the victorious 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup team and currently lives in Redlands, California.
Matthew Rudy is a senior writer at Golf Digest and is the author of numerous golf instruction books including Stan Utley's The Art of the Short Game and The Art of Putting.
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