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Don't Choke: A Champion's Guide to Winning Under Pressure Hardcover – June 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1st edition (June 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Player is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, having eighteen major wins, nine of which came on the PGA Tour (with six on the Champions Tour and three Senior British Open Championships). He is also considered the most accomplished international golfer of all time, winning 164 tournaments around the globe over five decades

Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the world’s premier sports psychologist. He has dedicated his life to helping coaches, athletes, business leaders, and salespeople use their minds and emotions to take them to the top of their chosen professions. Rotella is the author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the bestselling sports psychology book of all time, as well as several other top-selling books. He has been selected as one of the Top 10 Golf Teachers of the Twentieth Century. In addition to being a columnist and editorial board member for Golf Digest magazine and a contributing editor for Sports Psychology Journal, he appears regularly on NBC’s High Performance Golf, on the Golf Channel, and on Larry King Live.

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This is a great book for anyone who wants to be a champion in any activity of life.
strength builder
These great words of wisdom are applicable to anyone who wants to win at anything whether it is daily life or in the sports world!
Barbara McDowell
This little book is well written, wonderfully structured and beautifully illustrated.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By strength builder on June 9, 2010
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I am not a golfer,but I saw Gary Player being interviewed and discussing this book in a TV interview and I had to order a copy. This is not a book about golf,but rather about winning, overcoming, controlling your nerves and living life to the fullest. Some of my favorite quotes by Gary Player from the book include the following:
" When the body fails or becomes weary, and that shot into the howling gale seems impossible, it is the mind that enables the player to pull it off.......
This book is a story of my mind...
So the conclusion that I have come to is that a player has no greater asset on the golf course than the power of his mind.'''''
The mind is what makes you, a superstar,and what your mind feeds on is what determines the outcome."

This is a great book for anyone who wants to be a champion in any activity of life. Gary Player reminds me of one of my favorite mind/body trainers from the 19th century Alois P. Swoboda who's students of his "Conscious Evolution Course"included US Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and leaders in all branches of Government and Industry. Harry Houdini, and bodybuilder Charles Atlas were also Swoboda Students.

This is a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
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Player certainly is qualified to write on such a topic of choking. He demonstrated over decades a winning attitude despite not being the largest of golfers, but mentally one of the toughest. He writes: If you put Watson's (Tom) head on Norman's body, Norman would've won six Majors." He contends: "choking is not something that just suddenly happens. It's a gradual process of negative thinking that eventually manifests itself under pressure. And for this reason it can be overcome by training your mind in a positive process."

So this book presents this training lessons from Player's marvelous career, both on the regular and Senior tours. The art and photos are fantastic and the pithy advice of Player are profound, e.g. "instead of sitting there worrying about my four-shot lead, I was doing something positive and practicing." Funny about this incident involving putting in his hotel room Sunday evening and tennis great Jack Kramer knocks and wants to know what all the sound is about.

Nerves can be strengthened like muscles, Player argues: "there is no disgrace in your nerve not being that strong to start with."

A great resource for training one's nerves to win.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Craver on July 10, 2010
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From what I read so far it is a tremendous book. Great guide for performing under pressure for whatever you are doing not just athletics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Golf4life on March 14, 2011
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This book was such a great read. Being a younger man, I did not know too much about Gary Player and all his accomplishments. He really is a great competitor and this book was a total success. I was hooked on it and couldn't put it down. Recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about Gary Player and his accomplishments and/or a competitor who is interested in succeeding in business as well as LIFE!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pgwl VINE VOICE on August 16, 2010
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Excellent book. Every young golfer(and every other young person who has goals)will benefit from this book from one of the greats.
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By adolfo rufatt on September 13, 2013
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"You always face two choices, to be positive or to be negative, it's your choice"... This is how clear it gets. Your subconscious should work for you, and he shows you how easy it can be. But beware, because you have to work hard to make that easy! I highly recommend it.
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By Robbie Allen on September 12, 2013
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The book was a dash for cash. Not much too it. I would recommend his other books over this one.
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Gary Player's book "Don't Choke: A Champions's Guide to Winning Under Pressure" Is an easy book to read, full of great insights, tips and encouragement for those who want to win. These great words of wisdom are applicable to anyone who wants to win at anything whether it is daily life or in the sports world!

We have bought several of these books through Amazon to give to friends.
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