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The Unstoppable Golfer: Trusting Your Mind & Your Short Game to Achieve Greatness Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650167
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I just won the tournament that is the biggest and the best in the world and I couldn't have done it without the help of Dr. Bob Rotella."
--Darren Clarke, The 2011 Open Champion

"When I made a triple bogey on the 15th hole in the final round of the 2011 PGA Championship, I felt that I could almost hear Dr. Bob talking to me, telling me to stay patient, to go through my process. I kept my composure, made a few birdies, and won the tournament. When I started working with Dr. Bob in 2010, I was struggling on the Nationwide Tour. With his help, I am now a multiple winner on the PGA Tour. It’s cool and fun to have Dr. Bob on my team. He has helped me in so many ways--not only to play better golf, but to enjoy the game.”
--Keegan Bradley

About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Excellent, a good well written book.
Joe B. Fredlock
The highlights in the book are a great reference after you are finished reading it.
nancy caron
The best golf mental game book I have ever read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Donelson on May 30, 2012
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I love the short game in golf. There's no question that striking a full shot is satisfying and momentarily rewarding, but quite frankly there's a certain sameness to it that fails to hold interest very long. The short game, though, is predicated on variety. Chips, pitches, bunker blasts, bump-and-runs, digging a ball out of the collar of rough a dozen feet from the pin--every shot is different, every shot makes you think, and every shot really, really counts. And then there is putting, which is the most nerve-wracking of all.

In The Unstoppable Golfer, Dr. Bob Rotella, golf psychologist to stars like Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, and Darren Clarke, says, "...nearly all golfers have the physical ability required to pitch the ball, to chip it, to putt it. If we're not doing those things, It's because we're somehow stopping ourselves." In other words, we get in our own way.

Rotella says it's often fear that crowds our minds, pushing and shoving its way and calling out for negative images, contradictory swing thoughts, and herky-jerky responses. The solution? To achieve a state of calm by focusing on one thing: the hole.

He couldn't be more right, of course. If you focus on your target, visualize the ball getting there, and commit to a play based on belief in its success, you're more than half-way to a great short game. Rotella fills the book with stories of his students (patients?) who learned to quiet their minds and let their instincts lead them to better golf. He covers no swing mechanics, but does break down how your mind should work when faced with typical short game situations like pitch shots over hazards, getting up and down from a bunker, and lining up long putts to go in rather than just lag close.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By UNLV Golf on April 24, 2012
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Simple straight forward Rotella, visualize the good shot and keep burning it to memory. Determine your Mindset, be realistic in assessing your Skill level, and commit to an Attitude overhaul. Take the 80/20 rule to the course and realize that if you play every shot as stroke play and not match play you will "stay in the moment and acheive greatness." Have a game plan for every competitive round you play and learn to underreact. A quick read and very valuable as a re energizer for when you need to get your head on track, you know those 6 six inches between the ears. You can't make up for the missed 3 footer, so commit to work hard and practice your short game - putting is the ultimate equalizer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michel Gascon on December 31, 2012
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Answers the question about what is the best attitude to have to be succès full golfer. You should but it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Efren on April 14, 2014
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Definitely helped me in understanding how not to think in golf. Stay confident own the course and don't over think a shot. Since I've read this book I have been focusing on my short game, practicing to go unconscious on every swing. I have seen improvements on my ball striking and consistency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Lebowitz on January 4, 2013
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If you have followed golf in the United States at all, the name, Bob Rotella, should be familiar. He has helped many golfers with the mental approach to this most humbling game. I am a life long golfer, still questing a better game, and, like many, continue taking lessons that focus on the full swing. Dr. Rotella's thesis, changing one's priority to the short game, is a refreshing change.
He makes the case, with ample examples from his stable of both well known golfers and hackers, that a better short game leads to better scores. Now that may seem obvious, but his twist is that KNOWING you have a reliable short game frees you from the self imposed pressure and anxiety to execute 'perfect' full shots. Since the best professionals do not hit more than 13 of 18 greens, and still break par, it follows that their short game is the foundation for lower scores. He illustrates his point with clear examples of before and after performances when golfers increased their confidence and proficiency in the short game.
I know which area of practice I will now focus more on. Thanks, Bob
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there's a reason why Rotelle is the go to man on the tour. His thoughts on golf will help every level of player out there.
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A great book with practical tactics to improve your short game and overall score.
Filled with tactics and drills that will dramatically lower and Golfers score.
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While some of the book is repetitive with Dr. Bob's prior books, I found it to be a very good read. Worth buying!
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