Synopses & Reviews
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.
Tom Kite from the foreword In the first twelve years of my life on the PGA Tour, I had established myself as a pretty decent player, but had only won five official tournaments. In the ten years since meeting Doc, I have won fourteen tournaments, played on the Ryder Cup team, and won my first major, the U.S. Open. To say that I think Doc has helped make me a better player would be an understatement.
Tom Kitefrom the forewordIn the first twelve years of my life on the PGA Tour, I had established myself as a pretty decent player, but had only won five official tournaments. In the ten years since meeting Doc, I have won fourteen tournaments, played on the Ryder Cup team, and won my first major, the U.S. Open. To say that I think Doc has helped make me a better player would be an understatement.
Brad Faxon I was at a point where I was taking golf so seriously that I wasn't enjoying it any more. Bob Rotella taught me to throw away doubt and fear, and as a result I am enjoying golf, learning more, and playing better.
Nick Price Bob Rotella's knowledge and practical approach to psychology have been an enormous help to me. He has an uncanny knack of being able to turn the most complicated situation into a simple one.
Pat Bradley Bob Rotella helped me to be my own best friend and to get to the next level of my career.
and#8220;The most humble and humane golf book I have ever read. Relying on insight instead of striving to incite, Pennington reduces golf to its most basic charms and makes the game remarkably accessible. Pennington...is the most noble of guides, encouraging and realistic, light and enlightening. Laid out like a challenging but attractive tract, On Par spares us the wiseguy tweaking with wisdom and earnest good humor. [On Par] should be handed to every first-time golfer as part of a welcome packet. Better yet, it should be in the zippered compartment of every new golf bag, like an in-flight magazine. Or a Bible.and#8221;
-Bill Scheft for the New York Times Book Review
"Golf writing may be unique among sportswriting for the way it often manages to convey the deadly seriousness those passionate about it feel toward the game, while simultaneously joking at their expense. Penningtonand#8217;s tone shares this trait and will be familiar to those who have read any of the many golf books out there. None of those books, however, offer nearly as much real-world advice to golfers on how to improve their experience.and#160; A must for beginning golfers or players looking to get more enjoyment out of their time on the course."
"A hilarious, informative primer on the essentials of golf, schooling novices or the professional bewitched by mastering the links... A chapter on golf-speak will tickle readers with a sampling of the colorful jargon of golf pros... With a few chuckles and basic instruction, Penningtonand#8217;s book effectively consolidates the wealth of knowledge from his beloved column, while delighting those who are perplexed by the puzzle that is the sport of golf. "
"No one can completely cover the game of golf like Bill Pennington and no book can comprehensively tell the story of the sport with the same wit, wisdom and knowledge like On Par."
- Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
"As a regular reader of Bill's On Par column in The New York Times, I was wondering what fertile golf terrain could possibly be left for him to farm? I soon found out his surplus was even better. And I know he can dig with the best of them. I played a round of golf with him!"
- Dan Hicks, NBC Sports Golf Host
"Bill Pennington takes his first-hand experience as a golfer, as well as his years of getting to know professionals, and delivers a phenomenal guide to the sport I love so much. He does a great job of breaking down the fundamentals of golf to something everybody can enjoy and understand. As all golfers know, the sport is about more than being able to hit a good shot and this book takes you through the journey, arming you with everything you need to know."
- Annika Sorenstam
"Put a copy of Bill Pennington's On Par on your shelf and another copy in your golf bag. Often funny, always smart, Pennington zeroes in on the essence of a royally crazy old game."
- Kevin Cook, author of Titanic Thompson and Tommy's Honor
"One of the great joys during the golf season is reading Bill Penningtonand#8217;s golf page, 'On Par,' in The New York Times each Monday morning. Imagine that and#8211; a whole page devoted to all things golf! My heart be still. And now we have this wonderful book thatand#8217;s much more than my Monday morning read. Trust me, if youand#8217;re an avid golfer, youand#8217;ll devour each and every word."
- Martin Davis, golf historian and author ofand#160;The American Golfer
"On Par is the ideal guide for golfers who donand#8217;t hit their pitching wedge 160 yards, get paid for wearing white belts, or hang out with Las Vegas cocktail waitresses. And it wouldnand#8217;t do those other guys any harm, either."
- David Owen, author of My Usual Game
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
BILL PENNINGTON is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times. A former syndicated columnist, Pennington was a beat writer who covered much of Billy Martinand#39;s tenure with the New York Yankees. A fifteen-time finalistandnbsp;and six-time winner of the Associated Press Sports Editorsand#39; annual writing award, Pennington lives with his family in Warwick, New York. This is his fourth book.
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