The Don't Sweat Guide to Golf: Playing Stress-Free so You're at the Top of Your Game / Edition 1

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So many people are trying to improve their golf game nowadays, but many don't realize how bringing the stresses and worries of the workday onto the course hurts their score. In this book, the editors of Don't Sweat Press show both beginners and fanatics how to relax before teeing off as well as during the entire game, so they don't wind up in the sand trap!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786887835
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/17/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was the author of the bestselling Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. He passed away in 2006.


Richard Carlson, whose Ph.D. is in psychology, is considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress-reduction around the world. He is the author of fifteen popular books including the runaway bestseller, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff, which was named the No. 1 bestselling book in America for two consecutive years, a feat never before achieved in publishing.

Dr. Carlson has become a worldwide phenomenon as well. His books appear in over 100 countries, resulting in over 40 million people worldwide reading one of the books in the Don't Sweat series. In 1997, he was chosen by People magazine as one of the most intriguing people to watch in the world and has been a popular guest on shows such as The View, Oprah, Today, and CNN.

Author biography courtesy of Hyperion Books.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern California
    1. Education:
      San Jose State University, Pepperdine University; Ph.D., Sierra University

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Remember That It's Just a Game 15
2. Resist the Urge to Criticize Other Players 17
3. The Score Isn't Everything 18
4. Remind Yourself That Everyone Was Once a Beginner 20
5. Refuse to Let Noise Distract You 22
6. Learn to Laugh at Yourself 24
7. Skip the Hole-by-Hole Accounts 26
8. Play the Wind 28
9. As You Warm Up, Think Tempo, Not Results 30
10. You Have to Play the Ball Where It Lies 31
11. Play the Hole That You're On 33
12. Approach Each Hole with a Game Plan 35
13. Practice Humility 37
14. Keep Your Perspective 39
15. Become More Patient 41
16. Play Gratefully and Gracefully 42
17. Don't Blame Other Things for Bad Shots 44
18. When in Doubt, Let Someone Else Go First 46
19. Agree with Others' Assessments 48
20. Make Peace with Slow Play 50
21. Don't Let the First Hole Ruin the Game 52
22. Stop Striving for the "Perfect" Shot 54
23. Trust Your Instincts 56
24. Leave Your Complaints at Home 58
25. Expect Bad Bounces, Breaks, and Bunkers 60
26. Look for the Ordinary in the Extraordinary 62
27. Practice Makes Better, but Don't Overdo It 64
28. Breathe Before You Tee Off 66
29. Learn the Lingo 68
30. Do One Thing at a Time 70
31. Change Your Game Plan as Needed 72
32. Dare to Play the Tougher Route 74
33. Mind Your Own Game 76
34. Accept That Luck Plays a Part 78
35. Stick to the Basics of Etiquette 80
36. Let Your Kids Caddie 82
37. Look for Incremental Improvement 84
38. Respect the Short Par-3s 86
39. Understand That Golf Isn't Always Fair 88
40. Become a Less Aggressive Driver 90
41. Accept That You Can't Truly Understand "Par" 92
42. Let Go of Your Expectations on the Course 94
43. We All Make Mistakes 96
44. Tolerate the Soft Spikes 98
45. Count to Ten at Tree Roots 99
46. Use Your Imagination--Carefully 101
47. Quiet Your Mind Between Shots 103
48. Lighten Up Your Pre-Shot Routine 105
49. Be Grateful for the Occasional Flyer Lie 107
50. Give Up the Cart 109
51. Practice Patience 111
52. Don't Overdo the High-Tech Gear 113
53. See the Forest for the Trees 115
54. Embrace the Humor of Golf 117
55. Get Over the Previous Hole 119
56. You Can't Always Play Your "A" Game 121
57. Get Your Game Off to a Peaceful Start 123
58. Don't Get "Over-Golfed" 125
59. Out of Bounds Is Part of Golf 127
60. Stop Comparing Yourself to the Pros 129
61. Go with the Twists, Turns, and Doglegs 131
62. Accept Praise Graciously 133
63. Don't Be a Backseat "Driver" 134
64. Embrace Golf's Endless Variety 136
65. Vary Your Practices 138
66. Keep All of Your Lies True 140
67. Remember What "Play" Means 142
68. There's More Than One Way 144
69. Play One Stroke at a Time 146
70. Separate Golf from Everything Else 148
71. Give Your Partners a Break 150
72. Develop a Reset Button 152
73. Learn to Stay Centered 154
74. Stop Magnifying Your Flaws 156
75. Take the Game as It Comes 158
76. Think About Plays That You Made Correctly 160
77. Be an Example of Good Sportsmanship 162
78. Remember That This Game, Too, Shall End 164
79. Avoid the 80-20 Trap 166
80. Become a Little Less Stubborn 168
81. Get Yourself--and Your Game--in Balance 170
82. Your Emotions Affect Your Play 172
83. Play to Your Strengths, Accept Your Weaknesses 174
84. Learn to Chill Out 176
85. Don't Get "Lessoned Out" 178
86. Pros Miss Three-Foot Putts, Too 180
87. Remember the Golden Rule 182
88. Don't Try to Explain a Bad Score 184
89. Take Lessons from the Pros 186
90. Don't Let Your Warm-Up Dictate Your Game 188
91. Play the Mental Game 190
92. Become a Less Aggressive Putter 192
93. Play a Round Without a Scorecard 194
94. Play a Round Without a Full Set of Irons 196
95. Save the Analysis for After the Round 198
96. Avoid Practicing After a Bad Round 199
97. Get Over the First-Tee Jitters 201
98. Let Your Kids Play 203
99. Remember the Spirit of the Game 205
100. Again, Remember That It's Just a Game 207
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