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Peoplewise Putting: Get Your Brain in the Game
Peoplewise Putting: Get Your Brain in the Game
by Dr James Payne
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - scientific, but simple and well written, 4 Mar. 2012
There are a lot of things that I like about this book. Firstly, it is 'no-nonsense'. The authors state up front (in the first page) what the book is, and what it isn't. I like that.

They then cover the 3 fundamentals that you need to master to become a good putter (head still, sweet spot, smooth stroke). So far pretty simple, but very useful.

Then, they go on to cover the things that you need to do to become better still. This is the mental side, where the psychology comes in, but they do this in a 'different' way and it is the feature of the book that I like the most.

Basically, you assess yourself in terms of how your brain works, how you think. Then you adopt one of their practice methods - the one that suits your own style of learning. The theory is basically that what works for one person may not work for another. Its not a one size fits all. That's the great thing about the book.

There are also some quite funny little one liners in there too, which is nice.

It takes a bit of effort to read it, understand it and apply it, but if you can take the time to follow the steps then it is a really useful book. Much better than mindless practice. And I have read a lot of golf instruction books!

A Manic Marriage
A Manic Marriage
by Nina Mensing
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story, 26 May 2011
This review is from: A Manic Marriage (Paperback)
This book is a very candid account of Nina's realtionship with her partner (husband) Bradley who suffers from bi-polar disorder. Having studied psychology and also having a child with a different type of disorder (ADHD), I was interested in the book and I found it quite fascinating.
What is interesting to me is that, whilst bipolar is treatable, it's not really curable per se. As she says -"Advice from others who have not lived through this is just not advice", there is no 'magic formula', which means that you basically have to deal with it in the best way you can. The problem is that there seems to be a dearth of material that you can turn to for guidance.
If you live with or know someone with bipolar disorder then this book would be very useful. But even if you don't I think it is a really well-written book an enjoyable read too.

'Dream On': One Hacker's Challenge to Break Par in a Year
'Dream On': One Hacker's Challenge to Break Par in a Year
by John Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book ,great marketing strategy, 26 May 2011
First things first, this is a fairly decent read. It is well written insofaras it makes you want to carry on reading it. I felt reasonably satisfied at the end. But this is more than just a book, it is a masterpiece in making the most of what you have got.
What John actually did was arguably not that remarkable. He played the same (easy) course lots and lots of times, and practised lots and lots. I'm not saying it was easy, but I can offer a comparison. When I started golf, I played at an easy ish course in Surrey (Chobham) and was playing off a 20 handicap. After a couple of years, I broke 80 many times and my low round was 74 - that's 5 over par on that course. That's with probably 10% of the time and effort that John put in. However, I couldn't beat my handicap on many of the tougher courses. So for him to play one easy course over and over, it's not that surprising that he broke par really.
To take this story and make it into a book and get it published is impressive in itself. To get to the top of the sports bestsellers is even better, but John has also made himself into a bit of a celebrity with golf instruction videos and such like. He really has shown how you can use social media like twitter, facebook, blogs etc to promote a book like this and make the whole thing into a bit of a phenomenon.
There must be a lot of 'real' authors out there who are envious of how he has done so well with a fairly average book, but you have to hand it to him for having got the strategy right.
All in all this is an ok read in my opinion, and he builds it up nicely to the climax. By no means the best book I've ever read, but not terrible either.
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You Can't Win a Fight with Your Boss: And 55 Other Rules for Success
You Can't Win a Fight with Your Boss: And 55 Other Rules for Success
by Tom Markert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very practical, 26 May 2011
This book follows a pretty basic format and in some ways must have been quite easy to write. It is basically a list of 50-odd tips that the author has picked up in his years of business. That said, he still had to write it and make it useful, which I think he has done. A very well writen and practical handbook in my view
Personally I can see how people can fall into some of these traps (like having a fight with your boss) when they first start work, because the rules in corporate life are quite different to those that you experience growing up. A couple of the chapters I liked were 'no-one is entitled to anything' and 'accept politics'.
It would mainly suit people who plan to climb up the corporate ladder (I am now a consulant and don't have such ambitions), but most of these tips would still be useful to anyone who works in the corporate world

Putting Out Of Your Mind
Putting Out Of Your Mind
by Dr. Bob Rotella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but very sound, 26 May 2011
In some ways this book is quite simple. The skeptic might say that it is full of common sense things that you should already know, or even that it is a load of psycho-babble. However, I found the ideas in here to be pretty effective.
Most of the ideas are simple, but that is the beauty of the book. I have utilised ideas such as not worrying about the outcome of the putt, and not getting too technical about the stroke. It does take a bit of pratice to build these techniques into your game. A lot of people that have a poor mental approach to the game don't even realise it. So you have to work hard to master these things.
Two slight criticisms. Firstly, the book has no table of contents (my copy doesn't anyway). This makes it a bit difficult to get a quick overview of the ideas covered in the book. The other thing is that the chapter titles are not 100% explicit in terms of what they cover, and sometimes I felt that there was a bit of duplication / repetition. Ideally, each chapter would be clearly delineated from the others.
But all in all I think its a great and very practical read.

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