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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

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9781581826494
Number Of Pages: 352

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Often you hear golfers say, "I've got the game; it's something psychological that's holding me back. I don't know what it is, it's just psychological."

Well, that "something psychological" involves either:

  • Thinking - concentration, visualization, thoughts about the swing, etc.
  • Feeling - confidence, pressure, emotional control
  • Or action - strategies, routines, practice techniques, etc.

When something goes wrong - or right - on the golf course, the cause is going to be found in one of these three areas. In Golf: The Mental Game, Tom Dorsel looks at more than sixty-five issues that can impact a golfer's success and happiness.

The book is divided into five sections:

  • Section one presents the basics: getting started right, using the clubs correctly, and scoring.
  • Section two is about thinking clearly: concentrating, what to think about, eliminating negative thoughts, keys to developing a great swing, and visualizing doing it right.
  • Section three is about controlling emotions: building confidence, sharpening mental toughness, making your personality work for you (not against you), relieving stress through talking to yourself, handling pressure, and preventing choking.
  • Section four is about effective action: practicing your skills, warming up, playing the game, and improving your game through setting goals.
  • Section five is about the mental mysteries of golf: slumps, the effect of your good moments and bad, the mental gymnastics of putting, and collapses.

Golf: The Mental Game is the culmination of more than twenty-five years of writing about the psychological side of golf for national golf magazines such as Golf Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Golfweek.

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

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