The Inner Game of Golf - W. Timothy Gallwey's bestselling Inner Game books--with over one million copies sold--have revolutionized the way we think about sports. And now, after twenty years of applying his Inner Game methods to the royal and ancient sport of golf, Gallwey brings us this completely revised edition of his classic The Inner Game of Golf, nearly half of which is new material, published here for the first time. Even the masters of the game, from the venerable Jack Nicklaus to the wunderkind Tiger Woods, must battle their mental demons to excel in the crucible of competition. How do they maintain concentration under pressure? How do they avoid the mental and physical tensions that can sabotage any shot, from the simplest putt to a demanding drive? And how do they contend with the nagging inner voice that says, "You haven't been playing your best today. How will you keep from messing up on this shot?" Here, Gallwey provides specific ways for you to improve the concentration and confidence that keep your insecurities from hijacking your best instincts, your score, and your enjoyment of the game. In addition to the specifics of Inner chipping, Inner swinging, and Inner putting, Gallwey explains why the art of "relaxed concentration" is the fundamental skill for improving every aspect of your game. It may seem like common sense nowadays to say that mental approaches are as crucial as physical skills in a good game of golf. But Gallwey was among the first to say it, and he is a pioneer of the modern sports psychology movement. In The Inner Game of Golf, now comprehensively updated, you will find the kind of perceptive and articulate instruction that not only will improve your swing, but, perhaps even more important, will reacquaint you with the pure pleasure of the game.
Lights-Out Putting : A Mind, Body, and Soul Approach to Golf's Game Within the Game - Despite its apparent simplicity and humble exterior, putting might be the most difficult aspect of golf to master. When you think back to your best rounds, it is likely that your putting fueled your success; you made everything in sight and it seemed easy. Unfortunately, for most amateurs those days are few and far between. But there is no reason why it has to be that way. In Lights-Out Putting: A Mind, Body, and Soul Approach to Golf's Game Within the Game, Todd Sones--ranked as one of the top 100 teaching professionals in America by Golf Magazine--shares his secrets to success on the green. Sones has used the instruction offered on the pages of this book with amateur students as well as PGA Tour players. Lights-Out Putting teaches not just the proper fundamentals but also the mindset of a great putter--a lights-out putter. It teaches you how to enjoy the task of putting and to shift your focus toward the many putts you make in a given round--not the ones that lip out or go screaming past the hole. In this book you will learn the elements of a proper setup and--more important--the intangible asset known as feel, which enables a player to consistently gauge how hard or soft to hit a given putt. Sones also covers topics such as how to find the right putter for your setup, reading greens, prestroke routine and strategy, tactics, and practice drills. Beautifully illustrated with instructional photographs and sidebars, this complete book on putting will help all readers--from scratch player to high handicapper--develop their most critical ingredient to lower scoring.