Be a Player

A Breakthrough Approach to Playing Better ON the Golf Course


Author: Pia Nilsson,Lynn Marriott

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476788049

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 1806

The founders of the world-renowned VISION54 training program and the authors of the bestselling Every Shot Must Have a Purpose take golf instruction to the next level in this groundbreaking new approach to mastering the game. Golf is a beloved yet technical game, so a sound swing and precise technique are essential. Most golfers who want to improve their skills go to the range and work painstakingly on their swings, not realizing it’s often their performance state on the course that needs work, not their technique. Simple things such as awareness of your balance, tension, and tempo, as well as the ability to control mental, emotional, and social variables you encounter while playing can quickly take your game to a new performance level. Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, founders of VISION54’s groundbreaking and innovative golf program are here to help. Aimed at both the weekend golfer and the advanced player, each chapter presents a series of “human skills”—including assignments, explorations, and mini-lessons—that strip away the complexity surrounding swing technique and playing consistency—the conditional variations that plague golfers. Be A Player is the must-have book for any golfer who wants to unite technical skills and on-course performance seamlessly and effectively. With this cutting-edge text by your side, you will become a true student of VISION54 and a better player better on the course…where it matters most!

Every Shot Must Have a Purpose


Author: Pia Nilsson,Lynn Marriott,Ron Sirak

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592401574

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

View: 3362

The co-founders of the VISION54 coaching team challenge drill-based skill development, explaining how to build a successful golf swing by strategically addressing a player's specific technical, psychological, and physical needs. First serial, Golf Digest and Golf for Women. 30,000 first printing.

Play Your Best Golf Now

Discover VISION54's 8 Essential Playing Skills


Author: Lynn Marriott,Pia Nilsson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101514191

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 4187

Two of golf's most revolutionary teachers share a personalized approach to accessing your peak performance. "The VISION54 approach is far more than just pure golf technique, it allows an individual to unlock their true potential by opening their mind and believing anything is possible to achieve." - David Leadbetter, David Leadbetter Golf Academy Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott are Complete Game Coaches, leaders of a new kind of golf instruction that focuses on more than just the grip, the stance, and the swing. Their VISION54 method targets the complete golfer-the whole person-not just the technical aspects of the game. Their coaching philosophy focuses on possibilities, not limitations, with an end goal of MY54-the idea that any golfer can reach their own personalized version of peak performance, scoring nothing but birdies on a par-72 course. Building on the core concepts introduced in Every Shot Must Have a Purpose and the strategic thinking in The Game Within the Game, Play Your Best Golf Now takes the mystery out of the soft skills of golf and shows golfers how to add these skills to their game for peak performance. Players learn to master the 8 Essential Playing Skills: 1. LEAVE YOUR MIND BEHIND and enter the Play Box 2. DECIDE AND COMMIT to your shots 3. FIND YOUR BALANCE both physically and mentally 4. FEEL YOUR TEMPO on the course and dance to its rhythm 5. TAME TENSION to improve your swing 6. BUILD EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE 7. STORE MEMORIES and learn from the past to make a better present 8. DROWN SELF-TALK IN USEFUL THOUGHTS And the 2 Essential Practice Skills: 1. SIMULATE GOLF on the practice range to maximize your time and effort 2. INTEGRATE SKILLS and practice with a plan These Essentials complement the technical anchors of the game-the grip, the stance, the swing-and give players a foundation for achieving their peak performance. MY54 is the vision, and these are the building blocks for achieving a higher level of play.

Every Shot Counts

Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy


Author: Mark Broadie

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698138597

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 7904

Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie’s paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game. Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf. What does it take to drop ten strokes from your golf score? What part of Tiger Woods’ game makes him a winner? Traditional golf stats can't answer these questions. Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained putting stat. In this eye-opening new book, Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches mountains of data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course. This eagerly awaited resource is for any player who wants to understand the pros, improve golf skills, and make every shot count.

Golf in the Kingdom


Author: Michael Murphy

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453218815

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

View: 8954

A spiritual journey, a lush travelogue, a parable of sports and philosophy—John Updike called this unique novel “a golf classic if any exists in our day.” When an American traveler on his way to India stops to play a round on one of the most beautiful and legendary golf courses in Scotland, he doesn’t know that his game—and his life—are about to change forever. He is introduced to Shivas Irons, a mysterious golf pro whose sublime insights stick with him long after the eighteenth hole. From the first swing of the Scotsman’s club, he realizes he is in for a most extraordinary day. By turns comic, existential, and semiautobiographical, Michael Murphy’s tale traces the arc of twenty-four hours, from a round of golf on the Links of Burningbush to a night fueled by whiskey, wisdom, and wandering—even a sighting of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts the hole they call Lucifer’s Rug. “Murphy’s book is going to alter many visions,” The New York Times Book Review declared. More than an unforgettable approach to one of the world’s most popular sports, Golf in the Kingdom is a meditation on the power of a game to transform the self.

Zen Golf

Mastering the Mental Game


Author: Joseph Parent

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 0385507151

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9733

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot. Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. In chapters such as “How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee”, “You Produce What You Fear”, and “How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf”, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master. Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and equally important, respond the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings. From the Hardcover edition.

5 Days to Golfing Excellence


Author: Charles Hogan,Chuck Hogan,Dale Van Dalsem,Susan Davis

Publisher: Perigee


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 4728

A five-day course designed to teach golfers how to become stronger, more confident, and more consistent explains how they can achieve the scores they want and ultimately how to take charge of their game through simple step-by-step instructions. Original.

Mastering Golf's Mental Game

Your Ultimate Guide to Better On-Course Performance and Lower Scores


Author: Dr. Michael T. Lardon,Matthew Rudy

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0553417924

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 8469

Perfect your mental approach to your game To be a golfer is to tinker—with everything from equipment to grip to swing. But one thing most players don’t give enough attention to is the mental game. Psychologists aren’t a new phenomenon in golf, but Dr. Michael Lardon is a different breed of performance coach. Instead of sending his players into a losing battle against emotion, indecision, and fear on the golf course, he shows them how to organize their thoughts and use them for maximum performance. His step-by-step Pre-Shot Pyramid provides any player with the ideal blueprint for shot setup. And his revolutionary Mental Scorecard will give you the tools to accurately measure what you really do on the golf course and how to make real, permanent improvements. You will learn the same techniques that Dr. Lardon shares with Phil Mickelson and dozens of other tour players, including the tools that helped Mickelson right himself after the 2012 U.S. Open to win the British Open a month later with a historic final round. Mastering Golf’s Mental Game will change the way you think about golf, and is a must-read for any player serious about shooting better scores and getting more enjoyment out of the game.

The Game

Enjoying Golf on and Off the Course


Author: Bernie Najar

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781981634781


Page: 152

View: 5121

It's a great time to be a player, but as anybody who has ever searched for an instruction tip on YouTube knows, having access to an unlimited amount of information doesn't mean you'll find the right information. And even if you find the right information, if you aren't sure how, when or how much to use it, it won't do you much good. Identifying the problem is only the first part of the process. You have to know what to do next. That's where The Game comes in. Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Bernie Najar runs one of the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced instruction studios in the country at legendary Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore. In The Game, Najar goes beyond the numbers to offer a 360-degree improvement plan for your game-from teaching you the mechanical elements of the swing to coaching you on ways to get the most out of your total golf experience. You'll learn everything from how to hit better tee shots to how to be a better member-guest tournament partner to how to understand what an analyst is saying about a tour player's swing on television. The Game is your complete guide to enjoying every part of the game. "I am a connoisseur of teaching professionals. And none has taught me more about all aspects of the game-mind and body, putting and chipping, hozzle and hitches, soil, soul and sole-than Bernie Najar." -Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist and author of Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations "Bernie Najar is an extraordinary teacher who, in writing this book, has made the bewildering game of golf understandable."-Jim Hardy, 2007 PGA National Teacher of the Year, World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame 2016, Texas Golf Hall of Fame 2011 "Bernie Najar is one of the brightest minds in the golf instruction world today-always learning, always helping students play better. But so much more importantly, he helps players at every level from tour pro to beginner really enjoy this most wonderful game."-Martin Hall, 2008 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher

Swing Like a Pro

The Breakthrough Method of Perfecting Your Golf Swing


Author: Ralph Mann,Fred Griffin,Guy Yocom

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 076790236X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 243

View: 2366

Uses images of a computer-generated composite golfer to demonstrate the motions of a correct golf swing, and identifies the keys to a better game

Unconscious Putting

Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke


Author: Dave Stockton,Matthew Rudy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101544309

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

View: 9733

"The Pro Tours' Hottest Coach" (Golf Digest) reveals the secrets that helped Phil Mickelson win the 2010 Masters and can utterly transform every player's game. When a resurgent Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship in September 2009, he was quick to credit a series of simple putting lessons from veteran golf champion and instructor Dave Stockton. As a top coach, Stockton has taught a long list of pro players-including Annika Sorenstam, Yani Tseng (winner of four LPGA tournaments), Adam Scott (Texas Open champion), Hunter Mahan (Phoenix Open champion), and Morgan Pressel (World Ladies Championship of Japan winner)-the putting strategies that finessed their game. Stockton's breakthrough concept is that every player has their own Signature Stroke, which is unconscious. Good putting comes from the mind, Stockton says, not from a series of stiff mechanical positions. With visualization, the right frame of mind, an efficient pre-putt routine, and connection to the individual internal stroke signature, any player can make far more putts. Putting has always been taught as an offshoot to the full swing, when in reality it is far different- almost a different game. Unconscious Putting will help players get out of the rigid, mechanical, overthinking trap. In Unconscious Putting, Stockton shows how players at every handicap level-from pros to weekend golfers-can putt effortlessly and with confidence by integrating a new mental approach with a few simple physical routines that will keep them locked on target. Readers will also gain invaluable advice on reading greens and equipment. Illustrated throughout and filled with anecdotes about how Stockton's lessons have helped today's leading players, Unconscious Putting is a must-have golf book and a category classic-in-the-making.

Expert Golfer

Truths on How to Become One


Author: Matthew Cooke

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524657743

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 88

View: 4244

This golf book is second to none when it comes to educating both golfers and golf coaches on the various aspects of practice that enables the highest level of golf performance. There is a science when it comes to learning, and this golf book attempts to break it down into a pleasant read. When it comes to learning about golf most writings are based solely on mechanics, whereas this golf book goes to the cause, not the effect of all golfers problems - practice. Practice is the number one reason golfers stifle their skill development, and the overall goal of this golf book is change that. Golfers focus far too much on bashing golf balls rather than hitting golf shots. Expert Golfer is one of few golf book to compile evidence based coaching strategies that have been used out in the field. Whether you are a golf professional giving golf lessons on the driving range, or you are an avid golfer looking to get better and shave a few strokes off your game, this golf book is what you need. Motor learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience are domains that this golf book shares in a practical way. Some of the latest in elite performance research is broken down in a way that is much easier to read, whilst still upholding a scholarly vibe. Youll learn about: Group and individual training Varying the conditions for greater learning Interleaving and blocking practice sessions The effects of spacing and distributing during practice And a lot more! These are just some of the items discussed in this golf book! The best golfers in the world seem to leave their spectators in awe. Their high level of motor skill when executing fine movements in a game that breeds more frustration than inspiration makes it difficult to comprehend. The complexity of golf's main aim (getting the little white ball in the hole and bypassing the obstacles presented around it) caused mathematicians to conclude that without proper practice and form, this goal is unlikely. How do they do it? What makes them so special? Why are they so good? This book will guide you through scientific principles that reveal how the best became the best. Although Expert Golfer has been written and designed as a book, it does possess characteristics of a golf manual, due to its nature of high level information. Learning scientists have spent their lives trying to understand what makes elite performers elite, and what makes the best better than the rest. It is now time to use what they have found, and apply it to our industries coaching. Call it a golf manual if you please, the content is what differentiates this book, from any other you have ever read.

The Game Before the Game

The Perfect 30-Minute Practice


Author: Lynn Marriott,Pia Nilsson,Ron Sirak

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440620636

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 674

The authors of the smash hit Every Shot Must Have a Purpose put the golf back in golf practice, with a revolutionary approach that replaces rote sessions with dynamic, proven drills. As coaches to golf?s top players, Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson have created brilliant new mind- body strategies for every aspect of the game. With The Game Before the Game, they showcase their unique approach to practice, with winning techniques that ensure those hours on the driving range and practice green aren?t wasted on reinforcing bad habits. The authors identify three essential types of practice: ? Warm-up: getting not only the muscles but also the mind in gear ? Maintenance: intended to prevent your swing from drifting between rounds ? Preparation: adding numerous new shots to your repertoire From there, the authors outline pro-tested drills that help you find your swing rhythm, visualize success off the course, simplify putting, break through skill plateaus, and much more. Each chapter concludes with a memorable ?swing key? for translating practice into success during the real thing.

Fearless Golf

Conquering the Mental Game


Author: Dr. Gio Valiante

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: 9780385515863

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4252

A detailed plan for conquering the FEAR that sabotages swings and ruins psyches, from the pioneering psychologist whose techniques have benefited Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, and numerous other world-class golfers. As Jack Nicklaus once observed, fear is the golfer’s greatest enemy, inspiring Tiger Woods to "refuse" to give in to this debilitating emotion. It can turn professionals into jelly and dominate the games of most amateurs. It alters swing paths, causes “tap-in” putts to go awry, and transforms a golfer from a brilliant shot-maker on the practice range into an incompetent hack on the course. Most golfers understand this, but do not have the tools to overcome it. That’s where Dr. Gio Valiante comes in. A pioneering sports psychologist, Valiante has studied the sources of an athlete’s fear, investigated the physiological and neurological impact of fear on performance, and, most important of all, developed a groundbreaking program for conquering it. With Valiante's help and by applying Fearless Golf, Justin Leonard went from three consecutive missed cuts to three consecutive top tens, and Chad Campbell recently moved from 98th in the world to 7th. Davis Love III went from zero wins in 2002 to four wins in 2003, and Chris DiMarco made the 2004 Ryder Cup Team. Emphasizing the need to replace a fixation-on-results with a commitment to mastery of one’s body and one's mind, Valiante’s approach will not only help golfers reach their true potential, it will make playing every round fun again. Through concrete confidence and mastery drills, he presents specific ways readers can break free of fear’s grasp and perform at their best—even under the most extreme pressure. With detailed quotes and anecdotes given exclusively to Dr. Valiante from the best players in the game—including Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, and other tour professionals, Fearless Golf is the ultimate guide to the mental game, the hottest topic in golf today.

Bobby Jones on Golf


Author: Bobby Jones

Publisher: Main Street Books

ISBN: 0385424191

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

View: 6155

The classic guide to the game of golf discusses the swing, body position, posture, placing the ball, slicing and hooking, concentration, tournament preparation, practice, equipment, and much more

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect


Author: Dr. Bob Rotella

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471104583

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 7836

Dr Bob Rotella is one of the hottest golfing performance consultants in the world today. Unlike other performance consultants, Rotella goes beyond the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. In this extraordinary book, and with his clients, he creates an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of the golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Filled with charming and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

The Anatomy of Greatness

Lessons from the Best Golf Swings in History


Author: Brandel Chamblee

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501133012

Category: Reference

Page: 144

View: 2483

In the first book from popular Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, the network’s “resident scholar and critic” (The New York Times) explores the common swing positions of the greatest players throughout history—and reveals how those commonalities can help players of every skill level improve our own games. Every golf game begins with the swing, and no two are identical. Years ago, however, Brandel Chamblee, the highly regarded Golf Channel analyst and former PGA Tour professional, noticed that the best players of all time have shared similar positions in each part of the swing, from the grip and setup to the footwork, backswing, and follow-through. Since then, Chamblee, a student of game’s history, has used scientific precision and thoroughness to make a study of the common swing positions of the greats. Now, in The Anatomy of Greatness, he reveals what he has learned, offers hundreds of photographs as his proof, to show us how we can easily incorporate his findings into our own swings to hit the ball farther, straighter, and more consistently. What does it tell us that the majority of the greats—from Jack Nicklaus and Byron Nelson to modern masters like Tiger Woods—employ a “strong” grip on the club? How did legends like Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Mickey Wright, and Gary Player unlock hidden power and control by “turning in” the right knee at address? Why are some modern teachers preaching “quiet” footwork when forty-eight of the top fifty golfers of all time lifted their left heels on the backswing, allowing them to build power? At the same time that Chamblee is extolling certain swing virtues, he also debunks a number of popular—but misguided—swing philosophies that have been hindering golfers for years. The result is perhaps the best and clearest explanation of how to hit a golf ball ever published. The Anatomy of Greatness is a book that golfers can take to the driving range and use Chamblee’s clear explanations to build better swings—and get more speed and consistency into their swings—immediately. It is like having a series of private lessons from the best golfers of all time, and it will help golfers build swings that make the game easier and more fun.

The Three Principles of Outstanding Golf

How A Golfer's Mind Really Works


Author: Sam Jarman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993573408

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 212

View: 420

Learn how three psychological principles combine to create your experience of golf and of life. Understanding these principles is the key to playing better, improving faster and enjoying golf more. I'm a PGA Professional with 10 years experience playing full time golf. I'll be your guide on this journey into the workings of a golfer's mind.

Attention and Motor Skill Learning


Author: Gabriele Wulf

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780736062701

Category: Education

Page: 211

View: 4765

Intended for motor behaviour and cognitive psychology courses, and for professionals, this title explores how focus of attention can affect motor performance, particularly the learning of motor skills. It details how an individual's focus changes with age and type of task, allowing readers to apply the information across a variety of settings.

A More Beautiful Question

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas


Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401460

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 5213

To get the best answer-in business, in life-you have to ask the best possible question. Innovation expert Warren Berger shows that ability is both an art and a science. It may be the most underappreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infancy-and then abandon as we grow older. Critical to learning, innovation, success, even to happiness-yet often discouraged in our schools and workplaces-it can unlock new business opportunities and reinvent industries, spark creative insights at many levels, and provide a transformative new outlook on life. It is the ability to question-and to do so deeply, imaginatively, and “beautifully.” In this fascinating exploration of the surprising power of questioning, innovation expert Warren Berger reveals that powerhouse businesses like Google, Nike, and Netflix, as well as hot Silicon Valley startups like Pandora and Airbnb, are fueled by the ability to ask fundamental, game-changing questions. But Berger also shares human stories of people using questioning to solve everyday problems-from “How can I adapt my career in a time of constant change?” to “How can I step back from the daily rush and figure out what really makes me happy?” By showing how to approach questioning with an open, curious mind and a willingness to work through a series of “Why,” “What if,” and “How” queries, Berger offers an inspiring framework of how we can all arrive at better solutions, fresh possibilities, and greater success in business and life.