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Robert J. Rotella , Bob Cullen
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7 Jun 2004
Dr Bob Rotella is one of the hottest golfing performance consultants in the world today. Unlike other performance consultants, Rotella goes beyond the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. In this extraordinary book, and with his clients, he creates an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of the golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Filled with charming and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

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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: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,285 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.


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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on how to improve your golf. 28 April 2002
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
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe in your golf again 18 Nov 2002
By A Customer
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book for improving your golf 23 Mar 2004
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on sports psychology 18 Aug 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 23 Oct 2001
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 2 July 2011
By Alan
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Previously struggling to maintain a 7 handicap due to lack of time for practice, I now regularly (well, constantly actually) read this book, and have gone down to 5 (73 gross, +1 last weekend) thanks to the positive mental attitude generated within this book. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and all who don't know why they can't concentrate for a full 18 holes - sound familiar?. Coincidence in now having the lowest handicap I've ever had in over 30 years of playing the game, I don't think so! 10/10 for me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on, arrived on time, in perfect condition. seems a good book. when I've finished reading it I will resubmit a review
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. L. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars No 1 Book for Golfing Wannabes
First class read - already starting to show big improvements in my game.
Completely de-clutters your thought process. Tom Kite swears by him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alistair Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to keep
Though the book is quite old the facts are very up todate got some very good tips will help anyone's game
Published 1 month ago by Boyinmaroon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational read
This book had me won over from the word go.
Written in a very down to earth manner relating to the frustations of golf to millions of golfers worldwide. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vivian Lawrence Rodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing piece of the jigsaw
Dr Bob opens your eyes to how we get in our own way on the golf course.Technique is not enough,without the right mental attitude not only will you not play your bast,but you won t... Read more
Published 3 months ago by daviddavies
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for sportsmen
Great to help golfers in particular to understand what they are doing and why. It is a readable and understandable psychologists viewpoint
Published 4 months ago by Ivor Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars too much effort
sometimes one just doesn't want to comment, the score says enough, so please don't make it time consuming for us you will get more responses that way
Published 4 months ago by keith bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!!!!
Must help to cut your handicap and play in a fun way instead of beating yourself up after every bad shot, I love it
Published 5 months ago by Therese
5.0 out of 5 stars simple but effect
Great book. It is not an instructional manual for golf. It presents a different way of thinking and it has helped me be calmer on the course and enjoy golf more.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Mcphee
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf not a game of perfect
Great book, lots of common sense. This book teaches you to switch off and stop thinking about your swing on the course and allows you to swing freely. Read more
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