“On the First tee a Golfer must expect only two things of himself, To have fun and focus on your target and think of nothing else but hitting the ball there”
I just finished reading two books by Bob Rotella.
-Putting out of your mind
-Golf is not a game of perfect.
I have read numerous golf books this year and these 2 are by far the best. After reading these two books my golf game has improved and changed more so than any other time.
Golf is not a game of perfect gives great insight in how to actually “play” golf. I think in this day and age we lose sight of why we actually play golf in the first place. To have fun! and to get the ball into the hole. How many people stand on the first tee and have 10 swing thoughts but not one thought on where they want the ball to go?How many people do you know spend the day angry at themselves for all their bad shots?
His big theme is picking out tiny targets on the course and focusing all your attention on hitting it there, leaving all swing thoughts on the practic tee. Humans are wired to react to targets. We perform so much better if we do things unconciously. I.e throwing a ball at your target you just do it. kicking a ball, doing a backflip, driving a car. As soon as you start actually “thinking” about the mechanical movements you will always do worse. Golf is the same. Whether your putting or driving, doing it subconciously whilst playing will always yeild a better result.
He talks about a sound pre-shot routine and how it affects your game, how to accept bad shots and how to deal with them. Aswell as a few examples of touring pro’s he’s helped and gives great insight into why the top players are so good… its all mental at that level…
Putting out of your mind I reccomend for anyone who can stripe a 3 iron to within 6 feet, then walks to the green dreading the birdie putt. Its a fantastic book that will really help your putting improve. I know for me I now really enjoy my putting and have never rolled the ball better.
Best of all Dr Bob puts all his ideas across in a simple and straight forward manner I found very logical and easy to follow.