Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 17, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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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.

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Review: Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

User Review  - Charlie Gers - Goodreads

If you love golf, you'll love this book. Golf is a sport that relies a lot on your mindset and knowing how to control your thoughts on the course is essential. If you think you're going to drive the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Tenaglier - Goodreads

It's been a long time since I have played golf competitively and studied the mental techniques to play at a high level. I forgot the close assimilations you can draw with the lessons and golf and in ... Read full review


Foreword by Tom Rite 1
On My Interpretation of Dreams 1
What Nick Price Learned from William James
Train It and Trust It 3 7
How Stuart Anderson Created His Own Reality
Staying Out of Your Own Way
Rediscovering Old Scottish Wisdom
What the Third Eye Sees
What Mark Twain and Fred Couples Have in Common 1 50
Fighting Through Fear 1 33
IS What I Learned from Seve Ballesteros
16 Conservative Strategy Cocky Swing 14 7
17 Game Plan
18 Thriving Under Pressure 110
19 When the Scoreboard Looks at You 18 4
20 Competitors

Your Rod and Staff
Let the Short Game Flow
What I Learned from Bobby Locke
Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect 1 1 3
Anyone Can Develop Confidence 1 25
21 Practicing to Improve
22 What I Learned from Paul Runyan 2 11
Rotellas Rules 2 1 9

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About the author (2007)

Dr. Bob Rotella was the director of sports psychology for twenty years at the University of Virginia, where his reputation grew as the person champions talked to about the mental aspects of their game. His client list includes Hall of Fame golfers like Pat Bradley, Tom Kite, and Nick Price as well as stars of the present, such as Darren Clarke, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Mark Wilson, and Rory Mcllroy. A writer for and consultant to Golf Digest, he lives in Virginia with his wife, Darlene.

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