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Golf Is Not a Game of Perfectby Bob Rotella
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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
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.
Inspired by his New York Times weekly column "On Par," Bill Pennington has created a delightful compendium of all things golf that no golferand#8212;whether a weekend duffer or a PGA proand#8212;can afford to miss.and#160;Part instruction, part education, part hilarity, On Par is the go-to guide for the 21st-century golfer.
Bill Pennington, author of the beloved and widely read and#8220;On Parand#8221; golf column for the New York Times, knows how to interpret the experts and pros for the rest of us. For years, he has traveled the globe in search of golfand#8217;s essentialsand#8212;those basic principles, those elusive truths (and who are we kidding, any trick or quick fix he can pick up along the way) that will improve anyoneand#8217;s game. He has consulted the worldand#8217;s leading golf instructors as well as countless caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has played rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has sought the advice of psychiatrists, physicists, economists, zen masters. And on a particularly bad golf outing, he has even discussed the fickleness of golf with a quite helpful raccoon.
On Par captures it all: From equipment and instruction, to the rules and language of golf, to camaraderie and psychology, to the short game/long game debate, Pennington informs and entertains as he gets to the essence of this mercurial game, including golfand#8217;s holy grail, the hole in one.
Part instruction, part education, part therapy, and shot through with Penningtonand#8217;s trademark wit, this is a book for everyone who has ever felt the gameand#8217;s distinct pulland#8212;and slice.
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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