Be a Player: A Breakthrough Approach to Playing Better ON the Golf Course

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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!
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Pia Nilsson has enjoyed an extraordinary career that has led her to international renown as co-creator of the VISION54 program, bestselling co-author of three VISION54 books, European Solheim Cup captain, and innovative golf coach. Well-known for her role in coaching Annika Sorenstam on her path to super-stardom, Pia’s other notable students include LPGA Tour players Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen, Ai Miyazato, Brittany Lang, Na Yeon Choi; PGA Tour players Kevin Streelman and Russell Knox; and amateurs such as former Secretary of State and Augusta National Golf Club member Condoleeza Rice.

Lynn Marriott is regarded as a true pioneer in the world of golf instruction. For more than thirty years she has been on the leading edge of how the game is taught. Today, Lynn is globally recognized as co-creator of the VISION54 program, best-selling co-author of threeVISION54 books, and a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame. While Lynn's knowledge of the golf swing is unmatched, it is her heartfelt and intuitive approach to coaching golf and integrating its elements that have created a powerful shift in the games and lives of golfers and coaches around the world. Among Lynn's notable students are LPGA Tour players Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen, Ai Miyazato, Brittany Lang, and Na Yeon Choi; PGA Tour player Kevin Streelman and Russell Knox; and amateurs such as former Secretary of State and Augusta National Golf Club member Condoleeza Rice.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jun 6, 2017
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781476788043
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Coaching / General
Sports & Recreation / General
Sports & Recreation / Golf
Sports & Recreation / Sports Psychology
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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.
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.
Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game and have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:

-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.

-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good.

-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.

-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.

Filled with delightful 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.
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