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

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650167
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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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Good book for the amateur who's short game is in ruin. Don't expect to get any tips on the mechanics of the game. This is all about how to use your brain to overcome problems and give you the tools for a good mental approach to the game. Having said that, I reread certain passages just before my last round. I was feeling good and positive up until I reached the ninth tee where I reached back for a little extra and completely mishit a brand new ball into the gully in front of the tee. I then threw my drive into the gully after the ball. So much for remaining calm and focused on the positive. Bottom line, I expect way to much of my 66 year old body and when it doesn't deliver it's very hard not to get frustrated.
I'll read the book again before I go out today...thanks Bob for your help, but the mental game takes way more training than the physical, for me anyway.
Mr. "Long Hitter With No Finesse Around The Greens"
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Bob repeats in a different way the same message that brought me from a 19 to a 14, and now has assisted me in getting from a 14 to am 11. The stories are inspiring but the constant reminder to let it go and be unconscious is finally breaking through. The hardest thing in the world to do is let go of my ego, that is why his wonderful, non judgmental manner, is so helpful.
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It reinforced many thoughts that if was aware of but did not always follow them - I got in my own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Bob Conquers The Mental Short Game May 30 2012
By David Donelson - Published on
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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. He has a special section on the "yips" in which he discounts the theory that there's some physical cause behind them but offers instead a solid, results-proven method to mentally overcome them.

The short game is the scoring game, according to nearly every golf guru I've ever talked to. You can drive the ball 340 yards, but if you can't get it in the hole, you can't put birdies and pars on your scorecard. Dr. Bob's book will help.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the short game 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Golf Book I have Ever Read Sept. 28 2013
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This book has changed my golf experience. I am an average golfer, a terrible putter, okay short game and inconsistent ball striker. In my 50's and a 12 handicapper, in just 2 weeks after reading and practicing broke 80 for first time at my new country club. I triple bogeyed the first hole, didn't let it bother me and went on to shoot 77. With several birdies and a chip in eagle on a Par 5. So Fun!
This book improved my putting the first day. So simple and the short game improved too, so quickly, just amazing. Dr. Bob has such a interesting message that anyone will be able to relate to and react.
Now when I read all the articles in the golf magazines it makes me laugh. If you are looking for someone to get technical on how to grip, swing, turn your body, follow through, in other words learn how to play golf find another book. There are hundreds of them. But if you want to streamline your game, get rid of the garbage, change your philosophy on golf, simplify your attitude on your round, buy this book immediately! Your enjoyment of the Game will improve, your scores will too. To focus on what is important while you play and release the garbage that kills your game, read this ASAP. Don't waste money on equipment trying to buy a game, spend a couple of bucks and learn to enjoy playing the game and you will improve too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on attitude Dec 31 2012
By Michel Gascon - Published on
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great golf book April 14 2014
By Efren - Published on
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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.