From Publishers Weekly
For all those players who gnash their teeth at flubbed drives or missed puts, sports psychologist Rotella comes to the rescue with this breezy little mental massage for frustrated golfers. Each of the chapterswith their uplifting names like "A Golfers Sense of Self"come with easily digested bits of advice, which range from the obvious ("Slow play, wind and rain are contingencies you must plan for") to the obvious-yet-still-helpful ("Accept whatever happens to a shot and move on"). Rotella doesnt pretend to have the perfect approach to the game, and reading will certainly not immediately improve ones swing. But Rotella is successful at hammering home the realization that, while golf may be just a game, its infinitely harder to play it when angry. Rotella even counsels against playing more intensely during the final holes of a game, stressing that the best players keep a steady, measured intensity at all times. This is a quick course in golf relaxation, soothingly and professionally delivered.
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About the Author
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.