The Unstoppable Golfer: Trusting Your Mind & Your Short Game to Achieve Greatness Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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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.”
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.See all Product Description
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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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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.
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.