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Golf: The Mental Game : Thinking Your Way Around the Golf Course - Tom Dorsel

Golf: The Mental Game

Thinking Your Way Around the Golf Course


Published: 1st April 2008
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How often do you hear someone on the golf course say "I've got the skills, but there's something holding me back?"That "something" can be one of only three things - thinking, feeling, and action. When something goes wrong - or right - on the golf course, the cause is to be found in one of these three areas. In "Golf: The Mental Game", internationally renowned sports psychologist Dr. Tom Dorsel looks at more than 65 of the most common issues that can impact a golfer's success.Divided into five sections - The Basics; Thinking Clearly; Controlling Emotions; Effective Action; and, The Mental Mysteries of Golf - this practical, and easy-to-understand volume provides golfers everywhere with the tools and knowledge they need to make sure the only thing holding them back, is the weather.

Prefacep. 11
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Introductionp. 15
The Basics
Getting Startedp. 21
What Exactly Is the Mental Game?p. 23
The Nine R's of Golfp. 31
Equipment Has a Mental Side, Too!p. 37
Leave Your Ego in the Locker Roomp. 41
Behavior Modification for Slow Playp. 47
Faster Play-10 Steps to Achieve Itp. 51
The Scorep. 57
Four Things in Every Round that Determine Your Scoresp. 59
Count All Your Strokes-Keeping Accurate Score Improves Your Gamep. 65
How to Determine Your True Handicapp. 71
Measure Your Progress with Alternative Scoresp. 77
The Scoreboard-Should You Look?p. 81
The Case for Serious Golfp. 85
Clear Thinking
Concentrationp. 91
Maintain Focus-A Can't-miss State of Mindp. 93
Just What Do You Focus on During the Swing?p. 99
Isolate Yourself to Improve Your Focusp. 105
Tips for Eliminating Negative Thoughtsp. 109
Swing Keys and Visualizationp. 115
Swing Keys and Mental Images Can Lower Your Scoresp. 117
How to Use Swing Keys More Effectivelyp. 123
Visualize Success-Every Shot Pretty as a Picturep. 129
Play Slow-motion Golf for Better Resultsp. 135
The Most Important Millisecond in Golfp. 141
Controlled Emotions
Confidence and Mental Toughnessp. 149
How Your Personality Can Affect Your Gamep. 151
Seven Ways to Build Confidence on the Coursep. 157
Sharpen Your Mental Toughnessp. 163
Pressure and Chokingp. 169
Six Ways to Prevent Chokingp. 171
Handling the Pressure of Partner Golfp. 177
Making the Big Puttp. 183
Golf's a Struggle-So Why Not Enjoy It?p. 189
Effective Action
Practicep. 197
Make the Most Out of Limited Practice Timep. 199
Hitting Great Shots Under Pressurep. 205
Rise Above the Situation-Make Similarity Your Friendp. 211
Playing the Gamep. 217
Getting Ready-The Proper Way to Warm Upp. 219
How to Play the Mental Game for 18 Holesp. 225
Eight Secrets for Better Course Managementp. 231
Gain Control of Your Game-Learn to Place the Ballp. 239
Staying with a Bad Roundp. 243
How to Get Your Head Back in the Gamep. 247
What Every Player Wantsp. 253
Game Improvementp. 259
Preparing for the New Season-Seven Tipsp. 261
Seven Things You Can Do to Improve Scores and Lower Your Handicapp. 269
How to Reach Your Goals This Seasonp. 277
Aggressive Play-Why Going for the Pin Pays Offp. 285
Take Your Game to the Next Levelp. 289
Win Tournaments-Think Like a Champp. 295
Stay Sharp During the Off-seasonp. 301
The Strange Game of Golf
Golf's Mental Mysteriesp. 309
Breaking a Slump-Six Ways to Get Your Game Back on Trackp. 311
Golf's Best and Worst-Simultaneouslyp. 315
The Mental Gymnastics of Puttingp. 321
Solving Golf's Mental Mysteriesp. 327
How the Pros Do It-Make the Most Out of Attending a PGA Tournamentp. 335
Conclusionp. 341
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9781581826494
ISBN-10: 1581826494
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing,US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1