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Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price, Tom Kite , Pat Bradley, John Daly, and many others. In Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, Rotella, or "Doc," as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. Rotella creates an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition and with a conversational fashion in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. Rotella helps golfers improve their golf game and have more fun playing.
©1996 Robert Rotella, All Rights Reserved (P)1996 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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Golf is not a game of Perfect

This book can help your game more than any technical manual or lessons. I swear the stuff in this book took me from an 18 handicapper to an 8. I've read dozens of books on the game and this is in my top five. You won't regret this one.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben
  • East Blaxland Australia
  • 02-18-05

A must have for anyone seeking serious improvement

If you buy this audio book expecting it to shave 5-10 shots of your game by the weekend you will be disappointed - but if you do this I'll bet you have a garage full of training tools, drivers and putters that have disappointed you also !!. This, like Bob's other works, is instead a well researched and highly practical insight into the power of the mind and the effect it has n your scores and enjoyment of the game.

Bob's simple and no-nonsense approach to understanding and accepting what happens on the course has been of great value to me in a time when my handicap had slipped backwards a few shots, my frustration had increased and at times the enjoyment had gone for me. Thanks to Bob I now practise and play with a new sense of purpose and self-acceptance and as a result both my scores and enjoyment have improved.

Bob's focus on the short game, putting, pre-shot routines and strategy are the basis of the book (and all his others) and very well explained through his useful tips and anecdotes ? he has after all worked with an impressive array of pros.

This CD lives in my car and I listen to it at least once a week ? I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve AND is prepared to work towards it over time. Miracle seekers need not apply!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • watford, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 01-06-05

Any standard of golfer will benefit from this !

Bob Rotella takes what seem to be very complicated situations and turns them into screamingly obvious ideas and concepts.The ideas and principals are so simple and easily explained that one might wonder why they never thought of them.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Derek
  • Grayslake, IL, USA
  • 05-11-04

Before you buy the next $400 driver, buy this book

It's so often that golfers blame the club, ball, course, weather or even their playing partner after a poor shot or round. "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect" get's down to what issues really need to be addressed to improve one's game. It's not another "gimmicky" book or swinging aid. This book is about getting into the right frame of mind during play and finally being able to post the score you always knew you could.

Buy this book before spending money on another overpriced club.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Great Voice and Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect the most enjoyable?

Honestly I really enjoy listening to audio books, which may make my opinion bias, but this book may be one that could really get through to almost anyone. It's considered a self help book, but I would consider it a method of meditation :-)

What did you like best about this story?

The way he drops names in the book doesn't set an ego driven tone, but one of happiness. He goes through his time talking about his clients and their set backs and tribulations. How they strive for perfection, but understand the elements of the human condition. Not everything can be physical perfect, but you must be mentally close enough!

What about Dr. Bob Rotella’s performance did you like?

His voice was not boring, but very intriguing in a confident exciting way.

What did you learn from Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect that you would use in your daily life?

The mental aspect of how to live life and how to really set yourself up for success on the golf course... or any place that your two feet end up taking you!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Everett
  • Winter Springs, FL, USA
  • 10-14-07

Still every bit as valid

What could a golf shrink tell me that I hadn't already figured out through years of frustration? Plenty. Although much of it is the power of positive thinking, the beauty is that it is focussed on how to manage a golf course, how to practice, what to concentrate on and how the professional golfer thinks. You won't be disappointed!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great for any type of golfer

This is a short and simple method to help ease your mind while playing golf. It's not a miracle worker but will definitely aid the "average" golfer if he/she applies the techniques described by Dr. Rotella. If you've found yourself focusing too much on mechanics in your swing or putt, OR if you're just a beginner looking for a good golf book, I'd say this will help both aspects (mentally). However, don't expect to get a tutorial on proper techniques, degrees, stances, etc. w/ this. It's strictly mental, and if you've played golf a few times, you know how mental the game can be. I purchased this yesterday and have already listened to it twice.

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  • Cesar
  • LAS CRUCES, NM, United States
  • 11-09-10

Excellent book

I started the year (2010) as a 7.1 handicap and steadily worsened to an 8.5. I hadn't shot in the 70's in over 9 months dating back to October 2009 and my handicap suffered because of it. I knew I had to do something other than increase my practice. I just had leaks in my game because I knew I was fully capable of shooting in the mid 70's. Well, I've played 7 rounds since listening to this book and I've shot 5 rounds in the 70's. It's funny how I was letting my mind get in the way of playing the game. I wasn't trusting my lines or my aim.

I may not be the typical result of this book but it really helped me concentrate on the correct things. It cleared my mind. It won't make you a pro overnight but it will help you improve quite a bit (relative to your current ability, of course). I highly recommend this to anyone who plays the game and overthinks the game....which I think is everyone!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst voice to read an audio book ever!

The book is great. Why did they get such a crappy voice to read it... booooo. Just unbelievably boring voice, monotone, and reads every freaking sentence in the same inflection. Boring boring yawn yawn. Disappointing.

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Great golf foundation for the mind

I am going to hammer in Bobs great teachings. Currently a 21.8 index and frustrated I’m going to do all he said and get to single digits in under 5 years! 10/29/2017 Simon Hudson

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  • 01-10-18

Brilliant and a must listen

Fantastic book which logically frames the mind for a better performance. Currently on my 2nd listen of this as it is really digestible and easy to follow. Great, great advice.

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  • TRM
  • 01-08-18

Great for the mind overall

Brilliant book. I believe you need to be a certain person to hear this and absorb what he is saying. But I have taken it on board and will pit a lot of this into practice.

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  • Ashley
  • 12-06-17

Very useful and interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this book if you are a beginner into the game of golf like i am or even a pro or weekend golfer, very useful and interesting listen.

I have listened to this twice on the way to and from work and its brilliant i am now starting on my next Bob Rotella listen.

What did you like best about this story?

very informative

What about Dr. Bob Rotella’s performance did you like?

I thought the way he did a fantastic job explaining his stories and putting emphasis on certain areas

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  • John
  • 07-04-17

Forget the swing mechanics

If you could sum up Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect in three words, what would they be?

Trust your swing. Bob Rotella's approach to teaching the methods of trusting your swing and implementing target golf is invaluable. He says forget the mechanics of your swing and your scores will fall. He gives us a method that is easy to implement and see the results.
An excellent book for high and low handicappers.

What did you like best about this story?

The pre-shot routine to empty all mechanical thoughts of the swing and concentrate on the importance of selecting a target and trusting your swing.

Have you listened to any of Dr. Bob Rotella’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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  • Giles
  • 05-24-17

Just buy it

An invaluable, practical, guide to the mental approach to playing a round of golf. It is a book that you can keep coming back to so use the bookmark function!

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  • Mike
  • 12-27-16

Exceptional simple and provides a warm feeling

The audio book is highly recommended as it allows you to think deeply about the various sections.

Very simple and very effective way of thinking about golf. Positivity in abundance.

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  • Ben
  • 07-12-16

Outstanding

Superb audio book. Simple but effective course management. I'd recommend anyone that's looking to improve their game to give this one a listen.

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  • Foster Maclean
  • 02-04-16

It's all in the mind

Provides practical suggestions for all golfers, keeping it simple and easily understandable. Clear and succinct presentation.

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  • Hafþór
  • 12-23-12

Knowledgable

Just another book that is essential in a golfer's arsenal to beat his mental area of golf. I have little to say but its knowledgable and amusing from my behalf.

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  • Andrew
  • 02-19-10

Enlightenment !

Forget all those hours upon hours of practice on the driving range. Adopting the mind set suggested by Bob Rotella in this, the best of his many books, is what will really drop your handicap. I would recommend this as essential reading for golfers of all standards.

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  • Zhen Sun
  • 11-20-17

a must read. and I'll re-read

when I can play better golf.
it's the mental side of golf. which matters too.

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  • Deanne
  • 11-13-17

Loved it!

This is a great audio book, simple & easy to understand & apply. Good to listen too, I will take away plenty from the tips given here. Thank you Dr Bob :)