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Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

by Bob Rotella

Simon & Schuster | May 9, 1995 | Hardcover

Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 9, 1995

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068480364X

ISBN - 13: 9780684803647

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A golfers must read A book for any handicap, It teaches you to trust your own perfect swing through numerous exercises. Some of the stories can get a little dry, I was never a fan of tom kite. Great book, but for a better golf and mental preparation book look for "zen for Golf" but still I give this book an 9/10...easy read!
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will change your game!! There are a lot of books on golf, teaching you the "perfect swing", how to "hit it like a pro", and so on. This book teaches you how to use YOUR swing to play better golf. I went from a 6 handicap to a 2 in three months (including some good tournament results!!) ... I always had the skills, but never the mind. I love the way Dr. Rotella breaks the book into small, simple stories ... easy to retain ... easy to implement!! I've read a lot of books on golf ... this one helped me the most!!
Date published: 2001-02-27

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Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

by Bob Rotella

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 9, 1995

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 068480364X

ISBN - 13: 9780684803647

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Chapter 1 On My Interprectation of Dreams I have two things in common with Sigmund Freud. I have a couch in my consulting room. And I ask people to tell me about their dreams. But there the resemblance ends. The couch is in my basement rec room, near the Grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The picture frames above it hold not the psychoanalyst''s carefully neutral art but a print of a golfer swinging a mid-iron and a flag from the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, signed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tom Kite. A four-and-one-quarter-inch putting cup, sunk into the floor, and a universal gym complete the decor. And no one lies on my couch. They sit, and we talk face to face. Freud believed dreams were a window into the subconscious mind. From them, he spun a web of theory that, too often, boils down to a belief that people are the victims of circumstances beyond their control -- of childhood traumas, parental mistakes, and instinctive impulses. But the dreams I ask about are not the ones that crept from the unconscious the night before. They are the goals and aspirations a golfer has been carrying around in his or her conscious mind. The dreams I want to hear of excite some fortunate people from the time they wake up each morning until they fall asleep at night. They are the stuff of passion and tenacity. They might be defined as goals, but goals so bright that no one need write them down to remember them. In fact, the hard task for the professionals I work w
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Table of Contents


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

20. Competitors

21. Practicing to Improve

22. What I Learned from Paul Runyan

Appendix: Rotella''s Rules

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

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.

From Our Editors

 

The game of golf is the quintessential mind game, deemed by guru Jim Flick as 90 percent mental and 10 percent mental as well. Robert J. Rotella is a noted sports psychologist and performance consultant who explores the golfer’s mind to come up with problems — fears, anxieties, doubts — that could be hampering their game. Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect takes his expert advice — advice, by the way, that has helped such big names as Tom Kite, Nick Price and Davis Love, and passes it on to you. By getting a handle on the mental aspects of golfing and accepting personal potentials and limitations, you’ll begin to conquer those fears and start to lower your handicap.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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