This is a short, practical guide to improving your golf through (mainly) relaxation techniques, written by a non-golfer which could easily be applicable to most sports.
How many times have I been playing well, spanking my woods down the middle of the fairway only for the wheels to come off with the inevitable tops, duck hooks and thins? I then concentrate more on my setup which makes me more tense, and which makes the problem even worse.
On the range I can be so good that I leave elated, and my practise swing on the course is poetry in motion, yet all-too-frequently my real shot falls apart in a jerky, stiff, fast stab at the ball resulting in all those aforementioned bad shots.
Topping the ball with my woods has been my recent nemesis, so I turned to this book in the hope I can learn how to relax and be more fluid, because that is ultimately the only way to play golf.
"Ah, you look all tense. You need to relax mate.." and so the advice goes. But I don't feel tense or stressed about some shots before I precede to top the ball or push it out of bounds.
This book will tell you exactly how to relax. It can easily be read in a day, but what a worthwhile way of spending a day.
So, having read this book I was curious to see how I would fare adopting some of these techniques over my weekly 9 holes on a Sunday morning (complete with minor hangover). First hole, 5-wood 230 yards straight down the middle a-la me of old. Hardly any effort. Second tee shot, the same. And all subsequent 5-woods and 3-woods. Amazing. Practical advice that yields instant results.
Read this, and the next time someone tells you that you need to relax, you'll know how to.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's my missing link that gels all my swing mechanic and short game books, and to be honest, as good as Dr.Bob Rotella may be, his practical advice isn't a patch on this.