Dr Bob Rotella, author of half a dozen bestselling books on golf, including Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, brings together his skills and years of experience as a golf psychologist to give readers the insight they need to improve their game -- before they ever step up to the tee. At some point in playing the sport, whether they're competing on the professional tour or enjoying a day with their foursome on any public course, every golfer hits a snag in their mental game. Dr Bob shows readers how to emulate Tiger, become more comfortable with their own inner arrogance, how to learn from better golfers, and overcome fear. He teaches readers easy ways to talk themselves into feeling confident and provides a detailed plan that anyone at any level can use to build self-esteem both on and off the course.
This is the sixth book by noted sports psychologist Rotella (Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect) focusing on the often troubled mass of gray matter between a golfer's ears. Since the rules of the game allow for only 14 clubs, the 15th referred to is a metaphor for a player's confidence. In the first 14 chapters, Rotella outlines what it takes for a golfer to develop mental strength on the course, prescribing a regimen of positive reinforcement through the following: understanding your attitude, cultivation of a confident outlook, acceptance of imperfection, forgetting poor play, positive spoken and written affirmations, visualizing success, becoming a cheerleader for yourself, and commitment to an excellent short game. The final two chapters focus on Rotella's close relationship with Irish player Padraig Harrington, his client who won the 2007 British Open. Rotella says the effort to build a confident mind, like exercise to strengthen the body, requires commitment. The book is a smooth read and easy to digest in a few sittings, but it has many familiar echoes of advice in positive thinking and sports psychology books, including Rotella's own, that have gone down green fairways before.