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Breaking the Slump: How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf--and What You Can Learn from Them Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 31, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061685992
  • ASIN: B002U0KPH6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The nearly 37 million people in the United States who play golf probably all have one thing in common: At some point they have contemplated giving up the game because they were frustrated with the way they were playing. When those blissful moments of precise drives and perfect putts disappear, when the ball seems to have a mind of its own, and when well-grooved swings become totally unhinged, we find ourselves in that panicked state known as a "slump."

When Jimmy Roberts, the award-winning reporter and writer, entered his own period of frustration with the game, he decided to ask some of the most famous golfers and successful people in the world for advice. Here, for the first time, are the stories and recollections of eighteen veteran players whose wisdom is both practical and philosophical. Some concentrate on technique (when Phil Mickelson is dissatisfied with the way he's driving the ball, he practices bunker shots to reinforce the most important element of the tee shot—rhythm). Others focus on mental adjustments (Davis Love III remembers his late father's essential advice when he's frustrated: Try less hard).

With stories from greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Dottie Pepper, Greg Norman, George Herbert Walker Bush, Paul Azinger, and many others, this is an emotional and spiritual first aid kit for anyone who plays the game and even those who don't. As the 41st president says, the way we handle adversities in golf can provide a template for how to handle the challenges in life: Golf lessons can sometimes be life lessons too. There may not be a universal cure-all, but there are many ways to recover from a debilitating slump.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jimmy Roberts has worked as a full-time reporter for ABC, ESPN, and NBC. He has won eleven Emmy Awards and a Golf Writers Association of America Award. Roberts lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and three sons.


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Jimmy Roberts has worked as a full-time reporter for ABC, ESPN, and NBC. He has won eleven Emmy awards and a Golf Writers Association of America award. Roberts lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and three sons.

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Roberts' writing is like his tv commentary--pithy, concise, well thought through.
rodboomboom
While you will find this book in the "Sports" section of your local library or bookstore, it should also appear in the "Self Help" area.
Gregg Eldred
The book is really more about the books's subtitle: "How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf."
Big D

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Eldred VINE VOICE on June 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
According to some sources, there are between 50 to 61 million golfers in the world. In the United States, there are as many as 37 million. Each and every one of those golfers, professionals included, have had, or will have, a slump. Where they used to be able to play really well, they may find that they lost their ability to drive the ball well, their putting stroke may have left them, or they have lost all touch around the greens. Once able to count on nice drives, they now have no idea where their ball will land. Able to sink long and short putts, they now rely on getting the ball as close to the hole as possible, so that they have some chance of sinking the putt. Golf slumps afflict everyone that plays the game, some so severe that people may give up the game from frustration. Or they spend even more time at the range, trying to work themselves out of their slump. But what they should do is pick up a copy of Breaking the Slump: How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf--and What You Can Learn from Them, by Jimmy Roberts, and learn from a range of professional and amateur golfers. Not since Harvey Penick's Little Red Book has there been a more worthwhile book on golf.

Contents: Introduction; Paul Azinger; Jack Nicklaus; Scott Verplank; David Duval; Dan Jansen; Justin Rose; Greg Norman; Phil Mickelson; Ben Crenshaw; Johnny Miller; Davis Love III; Justin Leonard; George H. W. Bush; Arnold Palmer; Dottie Pepper; Tom Watson; Steve Stricker; Hal Sutton; Epilogue; Acknowledgements

Jimmy Roberts, a golf analyst and reporter for ABC, ESPN, and, most recently, NBC, leverages his access to some of the most popular golfers in the world to write an excellent book on the most common malaise in golf, The Slump.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is about more than the title "Breaking the Slump" might infer. Yes, there is some techical gof in here, but very little compared to what the title might indicate.

The book is really more about the books's subtitle: "How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf." It's filled with human interest stories about how what was going on in their lives affected their game. (And don't we all know that experience.)

There is information on how they overcame their swing and other golf troubles, but the real enjoyment of this book are the stories about the people, the golfers who become human in its pages. In reading their stories, the golf becomes secondary to their personalities and stories.

Good book. Good job, Mr. Roberts.

Much bettr than I thought it might be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 29, 2009
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We've all slumped at one time or another. Never know how we got there and the dickens to try and get out usually.

So, this collection by television commentator Roberts collects the slump histories and thoughts of the some of the game's elite. The stories and advice from these are so good: get away from the game for awhile; make changes you can personally buy into; be positive that you'll come out eventually; fight through it; back to basics, etc.

The inspiration is here from stars like Verplank who overcame several times not only swing induced problems, but medical/physical as well. Steve Stricker's comebacks are well known, and it really helps to hear how depression and humilation was overcome by family/coach/beating balls out of a modified trailer in Wisconsin winter.

Roberts' writing is like his tv commentary--pithy, concise, well thought through. His wrestling with his own golf slumps likely will aid me the most, as his handicap and playing experiences seem to mirror mine the closest. I've always liked his approach on the tube, but now have even more profound admiration for him from this well done effort which many of us hackers can refer to when we're slumping.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed it. It was interesting to learn about how some of the world's best players have dealt with their slumps. It was an easy read...finished it in a night or two. It also provides some interesting insider comments that help one frame the character required to break out of it. In the end the book helped me stay positive and enjoy being on the course more. The realty for the amateur is that a round of golf can be a series of mini-slumps (bad holes) followed by a few good ones and the better job you do of keeping your cool the faster you'll start to turn things around. All in all...it's a good read for those of us who can't put the game down even during more difficult times.
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A nice collection of anecdotes from some of the games best on how they handled THEIR slump. Don't expect to find a magic solution to your slump other than the knowledge that it's happened to better golfers than you. Best advice is to slow down and don't give up.
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By jazzbo on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love golf and well written books & articles on the subject. That being said - I did not enjoy "Breaking The Slump" by Jimmy Roberts. The premise is excellent, however, Mr. Roberts misses the mark on this one. I found the writing disjointed, incoherent and lacking flow. Don't waste your money.
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By kwgkiwi on September 29, 2010
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Purchased as a present for my golfer Dad. He really enjoyed the book so I glad I bought it for him.
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