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u/REInvestor · 53 pointsr/golf

Common Beginner Mistakes Continued

u/SuperSaverLillian · 6 pointsr/golf

I think it's safe to say that a lot of golfers ARE or WERE in your same situation. Two quick things that helped me play a little better and, therefore, enjoy golf a lot more:

  • You mentioned that after the first three holes, you were already thinking that you'd be breaking 90. One mindset that helped my mental game was to forget about my total score until I sink a putt on 18. I know it's cliche, but when I forced/trained myself to only think of one hole at a time (or perhaps, three holes at a time), my focus on the "NOW" got a lot better.

  • "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" is one of the best books I've read and could immediately apply to my game.
u/TomorrowsGone85 · 4 pointsr/discgolf

Develop a putting routine, stop worrying about making the putt and instead focus on the process of putting. Also read the book 'Golf is not a Game of Perfect' by Dr. Bob Rotella, great book about the mental aspect of golf.

u/atmosphere23 · 3 pointsr/golf

Good read. Kind of goes hand-in-hand with Rotella's book. Definitely a good read and helped me in my mental game on the course. The chapter about focusing on a small specific target has helped me a ton. We've all had the "don't miss right/left" swing thought and then we know what happens.

u/ohNole · 3 pointsr/golf

To the upper and lower body point try this thought: Keep the right (rear) knee as stationary as possible throughout the entire backswing (example). You can just see/feel the power and stability he's generating with very little lost. Focus on that and keeping your spine angle steady (aka keep your hips on the same plane) through the backswing.

Also, try to not do that extended backswing lol once the shoulders are done rotating it's time to rip - set it and go.


As to overthinking and golf psychology in general: I see you're an assistant pro and seemingly want to do this for a living. Read Golf's Not A Game of Perfect at you're earliest convenience.

u/petermal67 · 3 pointsr/golf

No worries at all. :) Try not to get frustrated.

I was so bad that I injured myself on the range. I was so embarrassed. The injury I gave myself was called Costochondral Separation. From swinging a golf club badly. My doctor couldn't believe it. I did it out of rage too, swinging the club as hard as I could and I caught it real heavy and really hurt myself.

A book that helped me not get mad on the course or the range anymore is the following:

Apparently it is well known, but I only found out about it recently. It's a little dated, with examples from the 80s and 90s but it's still relevant today. If you have the time to read it (it's quite small) I recommend doing so. I bought the kindle edition and it's free of typos & errors.

u/i_miss_old_reddit · 2 pointsr/golf

Sounds like you need to do some reading. You practice the physical part of your game, but do you practice the mental part?

Golf is not a game of perfect.

Zen Golf

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u/cchillur · 2 pointsr/golf

Ben Hogans 5 Lessons - Solid foundations from one of the games legends. Great for beginners or those with funky swings, grips, stances, etc (which your <10 handicap dad likely doesn't need) but it's a classic golf instruction book with fundamentals in mind and the first golf book i read. Best part is it's full of really cool old illustrations to describe what he's talking about in each segment.

Next is Harvey Penicks Little Red Book - It's a good coffee table or bathroom book. Each "chapter" is a page or two usually. Harvey Penick was a legendary instructor and he famously had a small red book full of one-liner lessons that he finally published late in life. Another classic golf instruction book that keeps it super simple.

Then we have Golf is not a game of perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella It's written by a sports psychologist who specializes in "the mental game". Ideal for the weekend warrior that wants to have more fun while shooting better scores. I read this when i felt like i had all the skills but was getting in my own way mentally. Helped me work on consistency, course management, and managing expectations for those hot-head moments.

After that i read Dave Pelz' Short Game Bible Written by a now short-game guru and former actual nasa rocket scientist, this book is thicker than most bibles and is super (exhaustingly) detailed. Honestly it is solid science that would work for everyone if they had the time and discipline to practice and implement. But it burned me out before i could finish it. I'm just not at the level where i need to know all of the "how's" and "whys" to every shot ever imaginable inside 150 from every lie to every landing.

Next up is Zen Golf: mastering the mental game by Dr. Joe Parent Another sports psychologist who specializes in thinking smarter/better. A very interesting read. Lots of tips that helped and i plan to re-read very soon. It actually has many lessons that translate well to everyday life, not just golf.

Finally, Lowest Score Wins This last one is a more modern approach to the game. Very simple and straight forward. Very data driven. Kind of like a fundamentals book but more aggressive and concerned with one thing, lowering your score. There's some great chapters on "seeing the course differently" that really helped my course management and it's great for drills on every aspect of the game.

I think the last two are the best all-around.

u/moneytree100 · 2 pointsr/golf
  1. Buy this audio book and listen to it:

  2. Remember you are not a pro so have fun and enjoy the company of friends.
u/MoosePoots · 2 pointsr/golf

I find it generally pretty entertaining to go through these posts, but the only swing advice I would take seriously is that of coaches who do it on an elite level. Given that you get worse, sometimes significantly, before you get better, you need to be sure that you're going to get better lol. They have a higher upfront cost, but it's way cheaper in the long run and you're better for it. One thing that surprised me is that people teaching on a PGA or near level are really accessible; way more than you think.

For mental game, check out a book Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect. ( ) I also had an eye opening watching a single pga group for an entire round (pga tour live). We're only used to seeing good shots, so we come to expect that in ourselves when in reality even their rounds are full of bad ones.

u/jeramieb · 2 pointsr/golf

This book may help -- Golf is not a game of perfect

I know it has helped me.

u/ibetitscoldthere · 1 pointr/golf

Currently reading Golf is not a game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella and one of the chapters talks about what to think about during a swing. OP has figured out that thinking about mechanics will only hold you back while on a course, and Dr. Rotella mentions thinking only about your target and how you are going to hit the best shot you can.

He even instructs amateurs and pros to picture the best shot they have ever hit with the club they are holding just before they swing for positive reinforcement.

My thoughts: Everyone has a "favorite" club. Why do we have a favorite club? Because it's the club we feel the most comfortable hitting, we know we can do well because we have done so multiple times before. Imagine if every club felt like that...and you've just gotten into the mindset of a top tour pro.

u/Over50Mike · 1 pointr/golf

Get these two books:

Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella

Little Red Book by Harvey Penick

Unrivaled golf wisdom there.

u/daslog · 1 pointr/golf

Last year I broke 90 for the first time in July. I had grand expectations of breaking 90 on a regular basis. I didn't break 90 again until 4 weeks ago, when I shot rounds of 104, then 87,88,90, and 92.

What turned it around for me was practicing my game from 120 yards and in. Limiting three putts by better putting and better pitching made the most difference. That and no penalty strokes.

Edit: Also buy this book. It's a great read.

u/ColdFyre2112 · 1 pointr/golf

This is a good sub-thread to this post. The mental aspect of putting is HUGE and subconscious plays a big role.

Try "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" or "Putting Out Of Your Mind" by Dr. Bob Rotella. Good $hit there.

While I'm not statistically a fantastic putter, I BELIEVE I can be, and that helps... a lot.

u/Purplerodney · 1 pointr/golf

The Orange whip, slow-mo function on my phone and this book.

u/kanagawa · 1 pointr/golf

Here's the list of books I've found most useful with a brief reason why:

  • Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf, Harvey Penick -- simply the best golf advice book ever written.
  • How I Play Golf, Tiger Woods -- has the best pictures I've seen and Tiger's swing at the time of writing was the best ever.
  • Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, Dave Pelz -- I think this is an excellent book for teaching you how to think about the short game, even though I disagree with some of the advice given.

    I strongly recommend this book, which is not on the swing but on the mental aspects of the game:

  • Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, Dr. Bob Rotella

    I also recommend Palmer's book about the rules of golf and Kathy Whitworth's book about her career. But, neither are about the golf swing, per se. Both are available on Kindle, IIRC. I would encourage you to read Hogan's "Five Lessons" only from a historical perspective, if at all. Much of the advice is not particularly good and the pictures and diagrams are wildly inaccurate.