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Golf is a Game of Confidence Hardcover – 7 Aug 1996

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  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (7 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684830407
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Confidence, or "playing with your eyes", can be the difference between making par and a bogey, one-putting and three-putting, winning and losing. To help readers revolutionize their own course management and mental game, Rotella relates stories of the game's legendary figures, from Byron Nelson's unsurpassed streak of eleven wins in a row and seventeen wins in a year in 1945 to inspirational rounds in the careers of Brad Faxon, Tom Kite, and Davis Love III. Rotella tells of golfers playing when the pressure is most intense and confidence most required, and depicts in detail their most personal thoughts and challenges. In essence, Rotella allows the reader not only to get inside the ropes but also to get inside the heads of the game's greatest players in their most important moments. In this highly instructional and motivational book, Rotella shows all golfers how they can use the same mental processes to achieve their own dreams, taking every bit as much joy from their triumphs as Tom Kite did in his U.S. Open win at Pebble Beach. Filled with lore about the great players, great courses, and great tournaments, Golf Is a Game of Confidence inspires golfers to reach new heights in their games and their lives.

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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Format: Hardcover
There is just no way a serious golfer can do without this book. Bob Rotella teaches you to think absolutely, 110%, the most effective way possible. It is the major reason why, on the brink of giving the game up two years ago, I'm now enjoying my golf and playing better golf than ever. I'm also a Category 1 golfer, handicap 3, and will continue to improve because of this (and Golf is Not A Game of Perfect). Put it this way, I have just lent my copy to one of last year's victorious Walker Cup team who is now a budding pro with sights on the Masters etc. How can a club golfer with sights on the Club championship disagree with that?
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When I first ordered this I didn't expect it be be written in the format that it is. It comes across as something similar to Harvey Pennick's format with annecdotes used from the author's experience to highlight the benefits of confident thinking.
I have finished it for the second time now and as long as you take on board the concepts that the book explains it can only help your game.
> Get a pre-shot routine and stick to it.
> Get a mental pre-shot routine and stick to it.
> Get a gameplan/strategy and use it.
> Stay in the present.
> Focus on the smallest possible target
> Stay positive.
I have taken to writing PMA (positive mental attitude) on my ball just in case I slip out from the present. Worth at least a couple of shots a round to most players in my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are serious about playing good golf then this book is a must. Easy to read format and varied content make this book superb. Plus there is a summary of all the key points at the end of the book.
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Format: Paperback
Useful book on how confidence and a positive approach is important in playing well. There are plenty of anecdotes and some examples of how players created a helpful mental approach. On the flip side, the reader might have difficulties translating the 200+ pages of the book into concrete changes that are key for them.
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I've got all of Dr. Bob's books, his guidance is absolutely brilliant, but if I were to give any of them a miss - it would be this one. I know this was one of his earlier ones, and he's impoved a great deal, but following the success of 'Golf is not a game of perfect' this is disappointing. It is simply a series of stories about people (well known and unknown) that Bob has dealt with. The explanations and learning points are a bit obscure and the writing is far less rivetting than his other books - it's the only book of his that I found hard work. Keep this in perspective; we are comparing it to some brilliant books, but in a good round, it's his only poor shot. As he himself describes, he will have taken the learning from it, forgotten it, and carried on to play a superb game.
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It's a good read but based as many of these books are, on other peoples usually pros experiences, which are in some cases difficult to relate my own needs to. There are however some useful quotes which have helped me get to grips with a total loss of form & how lessons & course play should interact
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This book has helped my game more than any other book. I tend to overthink and overadjust my swing as a play. This book teaches you how to use your body naturally and use the swing you have rather than trying to obatain the perfect swing.
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I am a big fan of Dr Bob. He writes easy to read instruction that will challenge you to improve the way you think. I have gained enormously by reading his books and my golf game and enjoyment of it have increased beyond my initial expectations.
Anyone who plays golf (or any sport) knows that a few good shots gives confidence and not only improves your score but puts a smile on your face too. Dr Bob helps you to achieve this more often.

Confidence breads success but you do not need success to be confident!

Buy it, enjoy it and swing well.
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