Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game by Dr. Gio Valiante, Mike Stachura

By Dr. Gio Valiante, Mike Stachura

A specified plan for conquering the terror that sabotages swings and ruins psyches, from the pioneering psychologist whose options have benefited Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, and various different world-class golfers.

As Jack Nicklaus as soon as saw, worry is the golfer’s maximum enemy, inspiring Tiger Woods to "refuse" to offer in to this debilitating emotion. it may flip execs into jelly and dominate the video games of such a lot amateurs. It alters swing paths, motives “tap-in” putts to head awry, and transforms a golfer from an excellent shot-maker at the perform diversity into an incompetent hack at the course.

Most golfers comprehend this, yet don't have the instruments to beat it. That’s the place Dr. Gio Valiante is available in. A pioneering activities psychologist, Valiante has studied the resources of an athlete’s worry, investigated the physiological and neurological effect of worry on functionality, and, most vital of all, built a groundbreaking software for conquering it. With Valiante's support and by means of utilising Fearless golfing, Justin Leonard went from 3 consecutive ignored cuts to 3 consecutive best tens, and Chad Campbell lately moved from 98th on the earth to seventh. Davis Love III went from 0 wins in 2002 to 4 wins in 2003, and Chris DiMarco made the 2004 Ryder Cup Team.

Emphasizing the necessity to exchange a fixation-on-results with a dedication to mastery of one’s physique and one's brain, Valiante’s strategy won't in basic terms aid golfers succeed in their precise power, it'll make taking part in each around enjoyable back. via concrete self belief and mastery drills, he provides particular methods readers can cut loose of fear’s clutch and practice at their best—even lower than the main severe strain.

With unique rates and anecdotes given solely to Dr. Valiante from the easiest gamers within the game—including Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, and different journey execs, Fearless Golf is the final word advisor to the psychological video game, the most popular subject in golfing today.

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Experience, namely, the kind of experience that breeds calm, comfort, and confidence. If fear is the great enemy, its undefeated conqueror is confidence. Confidence does not ignore fear, it overcomes fear. Confidence starts with knowledge, understanding, and accomplishment. As skill develops, so too does the potential for confidence. Each time we move past fear, we increase the likelihood for success. Confidence strengthens our resolve, even when success is not immediate. Confidence builds on itself, each new experience is fueled by the last and then goes on to fuel the next.

Sometimes the internal conversation is about the golf course and its relative fairness. Sometimes the chatter is about the outcome of the next shot or the way the previous hole finished. The common thread that holds all these topics together is that golfers continually ask questions like these and that these bad questions can be a very destructive influence on the way you score. The fear-filled golfer asks the wrong questions. They are the wrong questions because they elicit a negative emotional reaction.

The lessons I have learned from studying the great players of years past as well as today’s emerging greats are varied and complex, yet I can summarize them simply. What golfers of all abilities must come to see is that maximizing your potential in golf begins and ends with one requirement: You must learn to effectively deal with fear, to embrace its challenge to your skills and to overpower it so you can think clearly and effectively and play your best. Anything less invites the insidious decay of doubt and inconsistency.

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