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Afternoon. Looking for a good book for the mental side of the game, Any suggestions? thanks
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Dr. Bob Rotella -- I hear they are all good. I have audio versions (read by author) of two and love them. Listen to them when alone in the car on long trips.

"Your 15th Club"

"Putting Out Of Your Mind"

After first listen to "Putting Out Of Your Mind" I had the best putting rounds in years. Literally after getting out of the car and stepping onto a course I'd never seen, I had 29 putts.

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For the mental side I like a book titled "THE INNER GAME OF GOLF" by W. Timothy Gallwey.  It is an old book and difficult to find but Mr. Gallwey was a club tennis pro that decided to learn to play golf.  Since he was a teacher of the mental side of tennis he applied these techniques to his own learning of golf.  It is the story of his journey to a low handicap and the techniques he used. :smartass:

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I second the recommendation for Bob Rotella's stuff. I really like his approach.

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"The new gold mind" is a great read for the mind game. But for overall instruction the best book hands Down is "how to feel a real golf swing" by Davis love jr..
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The Elements of Scoring by Raymond Floyd

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what your swing looks like, it only matters how quickly you can get the ball in the hole, and this book is one I read before every golf season.  Floyd comes right and says "Give me your golf game, and I'll beat you 9/10 times" and this book gives you a great guide to using your current game and lowering your score.

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I would agree with all the Bob Rotella books. My favorite is "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect." I would also recommend "Paper Tiger" by Tom Coyne. It is not entirely about the mental aspect of the game, but the few things it does highlight are very insightful. The book follows a man's journey trying to get on the PGA by putting life on hold and dedicating every dollar, minute, and ounce of focus on the game for a span of 2 years. Great read.
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Seeing how I have four of the Rotella's books I say he is a good one.  However, one of the first books I read on the mental game and approach was Dr. Joe Parent "Zen Golf."  I have found myself going back to this book every year because I like the Zen warrior approach to golf.

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The Elements of Scoring by Raymond Floyd

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what your swing looks like, it only matters how quickly you can get the ball in the hole, and this book is one I read before every golf season.  Floyd comes right and says "Give me your golf game, and I'll beat you 9/10 times" and this book gives you a great guide to using your current game and lowering your score.

I second this recommendation.  And unlike most of the other books that are being mentioned, this is one by a guy ho has done it under the some of the most pressure-packed situations there are in golf.

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Golf is Not a Game of Perfect is pretty much required reading for the golf team I coach along with the Little Red Book. I also read through both books just before the season starts and it helps me out a lot.

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