Be a Player

Author: Pia Nilsson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476788043
Release Date: 2017-06-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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!

Be a Player

Author: Pia Nilsson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476788036
Release Date: 2017-06-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592401570
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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

Author: Lynn Marriott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101514191
Release Date: 2011-04-28
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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

Author: Mark Broadie
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698138599
Release Date: 2014-03-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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: 9781453218815
Release Date: 2011-06-07
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

The Game Before the Game

Author: Lynn Marriott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440620638
Release Date: 2007-10-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

Zen Golf

Author: Joseph Parent
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385507158
Release Date: 2002-06-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

Swing Like a Pro

Author: Ralph Mann
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 9780767902366
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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

5 Days to Golfing Excellence

Author: Charles Hogan
Publisher: Perigee
ISBN: PSU:000043469871
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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.

Unconscious Putting

Author: Dave Stockton
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101544303
Release Date: 2011-09-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

"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.

Mastering Golf s Mental Game

Author: Dr. Michael T. Lardon
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 9780553417920
Release Date: 2014-09-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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

Author: Bernie Najar
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1981634789
Release Date: 2017-12-11
Genre:

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

Expert Golfer

Author: Matthew Cooke
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781524657741
Release Date: 2016-12-29
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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 Pressure Principle

Author: Dave Alred
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780241975107
Release Date: 2016-04-28
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The coach who taught Jonny Wilkinson how to deal with pressure now shows all of us how to cope with life's challenges Pressure is a constant in our lives. The pressure to hit a deadline, deliver that speech, interview for the job we really want - they are all challenges we need to meet. Like a footballer taking a penalty or a golfer making a putt, how we respond to pressure defines us at work and at home. Dave Alred is an elite performance coach who works with the world's top sports stars and teams - from rugby's Jonny Wilkinson to Premiership footballers and golfers - helping them deliver when the tension is at its most extreme. In The Pressure Principle he finally shares his eight groundbreaking principles and shows how we can all apply them to our lives. From how a child-like approach can help us through tough moments, to the best ways to face an audience, to why language is the ultimate performance-enhancing drug, Pressure is the definitive guide to dealing with our challenges. Packed with accessible stories and tips, it shows how we can harness pressure to produce our best at home, at work, and in our sport or exercise - by the man who has spent his life coaching the very best. 'Dave Alred is a genius. There is simply no-one around to match him in his field' - Jonny Wilkinson Dr Dave Alred MBE is an elite performance coach who has worked with some of the biggest names in sport. His clients have included rugby's Jonny Wilkinson, George Ford and Johnny Sexton, golfers Luke Donald, Brad Kennedy and Padraig Harrington, the England Rugby team (four World Cups), the British Lions (three tours), the Springboks, the England Cricket team, and Premiership sides Manchester City, Sunderland, Watford and Newcastle. He holds a PhD in Performing under Pressure from Loughborough University. A genuine pioneer in performance mindset and attitude, his approach optimises the abilities of sports and business people alike.