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Golf Is Not a Game of Perfectby Bob Rotella
Synopses & Reviews
Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or "Doc," as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game and have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:
* On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.
* Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives — anger, fear, whining, and cheating — do no good.
* Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.
* It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.
Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
About the Author
Dr. Bob Rotella (right, with Tom Kite) Director of Sports Psychology at the University of Virginia, has been a consultant to some of the top golf organizations in the world, including PGA of America, the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, and the Senior LPGA Tour. A contributor to Golf Digest, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Darlene, and daughter, Casey.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Tom Kite
1. On My Interpretation of Dreams
2. What Nick Price Learned from William James
3. Train It and Trust It
4. How Stuart Anderson Created His Own Reality
5. The Hot Streak: Staying Out of Your Own Way
6. Rediscovering Old Scottish Wisdom
7. What the Third Eye Sees
8. Your Rod and Staff
9. Let the Short Game Flow
10. What I Learned from Bobby Locke
11. Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect
12. Anyone Can Develop Confidence
13. What Mark Twain and Fred Couples Have in Common
14. Fighting Through Fear
15. What I Learned from Seve Ballesteros
16. Conservative Strategy, Cocky Swing
17. Game Plan
18. Thriving Under Pressure
19. When the Scoreboard Looks at You
21. Practicing to Improve
22. What I Learned from Paul Runyan
Appendix: Rotella's Rules
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