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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (7 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743492471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743492478
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of golf guru Jim Flick's mantras is that golf is 90 percent mental and the other 10 per cent is mental, too. Dr. Bob Rotella, a noted sports psychologist and performance consultant, roots around the golfer's mind to expose--and analyse- -the doubts, the fears and the frustrations that haunt anyone who's ever picked up a club and swung it. Through anecdote and aphorism he suggests how these mental and emotional hazards can be played through, and, regardless of skill level, how teeing off with a more positive and confident outlook will translate into better performance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brad Faxon I was at a point where I was taking golf so seriously that I wasn't enjoying it any more. Bob Rotella taught me to throw away doubt and fear, and as a result I am enjoying golf, learning more, and playing better. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By alex13ward@aol.com on 28 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best book i have ever read and it is designed for any golfer who wants to get better. It helps you devise a simple way of playing and tries to generate a feeling of trust in your own ability. It is written in easy to relate to stories of professional golfers and the problems they and golfers of all abilities face on and off the golf course. I believe that buying this book is money very well spent and it is almost certain to help you reduce your scores without even changing your clubs or your swing, only the way you think.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 1999
Format: Hardcover
As Nick Price says on the cover, Bob Rotella takes what seem to be very complicated situations and turns them into screamingly obvious simple ideas and concepts. This book is a great read. Bob explains his ideas and backs them up with anecdotes taken from the games past. This is what seperates this book from others I have read on the mental game of golf. I'm sure that if anyone uses the philosophies and practices put forward in this book, they will certainly improve their handicap, whilst having fun doing it! Can't wait to get to the course (shame it's snowing!!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bob kullen on 23 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
this book is the book to buy if you want to dramatically lower your scores. it might not improve your ball striking but it will let you think more effectively on the golf course and increase your enjoyment of the game. if you just buy one rotella book (although i recommend that you buy them all!!) you would probably be best with this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "teko92" on 18 Aug 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is really great for two reasons. First it gives a lot of practical techniques that can be applied by any golfer regardless of the handicap. The techniques are well-described and supported by really convincing examples from the authors large experience. The rules and techniques taught pass my own "sanity check" and I think this would apply to all golfers. Second, the book is interesting to read since it has a lot of really amazing anecdotes concerning some of the very best golfers of all times. I really think this book is worthwile to read and I am looking forward to apply the teachings in the field.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct 2001
Format: Hardcover
If your swing fundamentals are reasonably sound this book will knock shots off your scores. I don't hit the ball any better since reading this book, but somehow I end up taking 2-3 fewer shots for any given round. Since I was playing off 4 when I read it (and 3 within 2 weeks), I see this book and the principles it outlines as my route to scratch. If you have a fair degree of control over where your golf ball is going, this book will transform your scoring.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you know you are a better golfer than your handicap suggests (and that's almost all golfers) then this is the book for you. If you want to have better focus and ensure that your scores are the best they can be (how many shots do you leave out on the course every round and replay later in your mind) then you will find this book most interesting.
I myself took a couple of weeks to focus properly, however, I have found I am now more regularly focusing only on the target and the shot I am about to hit, rather than six holes in the future, with much better results.
Also, at the driving range I've changed from hitting lots of drivers and long irons to picking out short targets and having a bit of fun with wedge shots etc. Bob recommends that the short game gets the most attention and that you really believe in your ability to get up and down from anywhere.
You will believe in your ability after reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I have never listened to a self help tape before and when I saw this in the shop I just had to buy it to see if they really do work.
The first time you listen to it it is interesting to hear the stories Bob Rotella tells but also when he details some of the problems people experience when playing golf you really believe he is talking directly at you!
I have now listened to the tape at least ten times and have taken his suggestions to the driving range, and have to say the "look at the target, look at the ball and swing" really does work.
I am now ready to go out on the course and break 100 which is my target.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. White on 1 Feb 2002
Format: Hardcover
What can I say,this book is spooky.In the space of 6 months since reading this my handicap has tumbled from a dodgy 18 to 11 and I still think I have a improvements.The ideas and principals are so simple and easily explained that one might wonder why they never thought of them.Other reviewers have said it but it really is the most amazing book I have read on Golf.This rates well above 5 stars,go ,buy, then hammer your friends on the course......
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