Your 15th Club: The Inner Secret to Great Golf

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All golfers have fourteen clubs in their bag, but the real winners have a little something extra — that mental attitude that puts their game above the others. Dr. Bob Rotella, author of the bestselling book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, brings together his skills and years of experience as a golf psychologist to give readers the insight they need to improve their game — before they ever step up to the tee.

The 15th Club is the tool that golf stars like Tiger Woods use to block ...

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Overview

All golfers have fourteen clubs in their bag, but the real winners have a little something extra — that mental attitude that puts their game above the others. Dr. Bob Rotella, author of the bestselling book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, brings together his skills and years of experience as a golf psychologist to give readers the insight they need to improve their game — before they ever step up to the tee.

The 15th Club is the tool that golf stars like Tiger Woods use to block out negative thoughts, doubt, and fear. It is what allows champions to perform at their peak both in practice and during the game. Golfers who lack it find the game elusive and frustrating. Confident golfers play the game as they have always sensed they could play it. Now, one of the most renowned golf writers offers up the foolproof methods that will allow golfers at any skill level to give their game that extra boost.

Dr. Rotella provides tips and techniques for how to learn from better golfers, overcome fear in pressure situations, and keep a clear mind, no matter what. He tells golfers that inner arrogance is not a negative trait, but instead is something that can improve performance on and off the course. In order to perform at peak levels and achieve your goals, you must believe that you can win. Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful tool, and it can change the way a player approaches the game. Knowing how to focus on the challenge at hand and understanding your own talent are crucial parts of becoming a confident golfer.

Dr. Rotella provides a detailed plan that anyone can use to build the self-image of a winner. He offers a one-year schedule in diary and calendar form that will incorporate the daily mental routines that he assigns to players on the PGA Tour. This is how the pros learn to ignore negative influences, focus on productive advice, and take pride in their abilities.

Your 15th Club will tell golfers of all abilities how to develop the confidence they need to maximize their physical gifts and defeat the Tigers of their world, whether that world is the PGA Tour or the third flight of the club championship.

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For many weekend players, sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella scored an eagle with his bestselling Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect. With The 15th Club, he adds another tool to the golfing arsenal. This savvy book is designed for every player whose mind can sometimes become his or her worst enemy. A detailed tutorial for a more relaxed round.
Publishers Weekly

This is the sixth book by noted sports psychologist Rotella (Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect) focusing on the often troubled mass of gray matter between a golfer's ears. Since the rules of the game allow for only 14 clubs, the 15th referred to is a metaphor for a player's confidence. In the first 14 chapters, Rotella outlines what it takes for a golfer to develop mental strength on the course, prescribing a regimen of positive reinforcement through the following: understanding your attitude, cultivation of a confident outlook, acceptance of imperfection, forgetting poor play, positive spoken and written affirmations, visualizing success, becoming a cheerleader for yourself, and commitment to an excellent short game. The final two chapters focus on Rotella's close relationship with Irish player Padraig Harrington, his client who won the 2007 British Open. Rotella says the effort to build a confident mind, like exercise to strengthen the body, requires commitment. The book is a smooth read and easy to digest in a few sittings, but it has many familiar echoes of advice in positive thinking and sports psychology books, including Rotella's own, that have gone down green fairways before. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743571609
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 640,224
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Bob Rotella was the Director of Sports Psychology for twenty years at the University of Virginia, where his reputation grew as the person champions talked to about the mental aspects of their game. His client list includes Hall of Fame golfers like Pat Bradley, Tom Kite, and Nick Price as well as stars of the present, such as Darren Clarke, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Mark Wilson, and Rory Mcllroy. A writer for and consultant to Golf Digest, he lives in Virginia with his wife, Darlene.

Bob Rotella was the Director of Sports Psychology for twenty years at the University of Virginia, where his reputation grew as the person champions talked to about the mental aspects of their game. His client list includes Hall of Fame golfers like Pat Bradley, Tom Kite, and Nick Price as well as stars of the present, such as Darren Clarke, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Mark Wilson, and Rory Mcllroy. A writer for and consultant to Golf Digest, he lives in Virginia with his wife, Darlene.

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Confidence --
Plain and Unvarnished

Padraig Harrington helped crystallize my reason for writing this book. Padraig is a very thoughtful, analytical man. He's been a client and a friend for ten years, but I wouldn't call myself his mental coach or his sports psychologist. Padraig and I have conversations. My role usually amounts to listening to the things he's figured out and nodding my head. I learn as much from Padraig as he learns from me.

Not long ago, Padraig mentioned that he recommends the book I wrote in 1994, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, to the people he plays with, including fellow pros. I was intrigued, and not just because word of mouth is the best advertising. I know that Padraig is a friendly, generous fellow, but I also know that he's a competitor down to the bone. I know he thought Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect had helped him, so I was curious as to why he'd recommend the book to players who were trying to take away what he has -- the top ranking among European players.

"I'm not worried if someone reads it," he said when I asked him about it. "That's fine. It's an easy read. They'll enjoy it. They'll gain from it. But they won't get the real benefit unless they live it -- and that's the hard part. So I can tell my competitors to go and read Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and I know I'm not giving anything up unless they actually do the work."

Padraig's statement meshed with thoughts I'd been having for a while. As a sports psychologist, I go to my clients as often as they come to me, especially after I've been working with them for some time. Since many of them are tournament golfers, I see them at tournament venues -- generally on the putting green or the practice range. Players who have worked with me often need only a quick conversation to clear up a specific question and prepare their minds for a competitive round.

Frequently, as I move down the range or around the green, I chat with players who aren't clients, at least not in the traditional sense. They may not have worked with me personally, but they've read Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect or another of my books on golf and the mind. They're generally complimentary. Increasingly, though, in recent years, I've heard something like this:

"Doc, I read Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect eight years ago, and it really helped me. I was able to play my best golf in the clutch, coming down the stretch. In fact, I won a couple of times right after I read it. But lately, it doesn't seem to be working as well. I think you ought to write another book."

This is that book. But it's not going to be another iteration of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect or any of its sequels.

I'm afraid I may have been inadvertently misleading in those books. It's not that they contain any misinformation. They don't. When I wrote Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, I conveyed the truth about the mental side of golf under pressure, truth I'd learned working in several sports and field-tested over fifteen years with professional golfers. Those years of field-testing have now stretched close to thirty, and I'm more convinced than ever about what works for golfers. You've got to follow your dreams. You will become what you think about yourself. You've got to train your swing, then trust it. You've got to accept the mistakes that inevitably happen on the golf course. You've got to manage your temper as well as the course. You've got to fall in love with the short game, the part of golf that most heavily impacts scoring. Above all, you must be confident.

But in my previous books, as Padraig and other pros have helped me realize, I...

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Table of Contents


Foreword     1
Confidence-Plain and Unvarnished     3
The 15th Club     9
This Game Will Beat You Up     19
How Your Subconscious Sees You     31
Real Realism     39
Remember to Remember     49
Mental Gymnastics     55
The Problem with Perfection     61
What You See Is What You Get     67
Perception     77
Talking to Yourself     91
The Cradle of Your Confidence     101
Nip the Yips     119
Confidence and Competence     129
What I Learned from Padraig Harrington     135
Putting It All Together     153
Affirmations     175
Self-Development Exercises     185
The Thoughts of Confident Golfers     189
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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    15th Club - The guys won't find this one in my bag

    The truth is I am not nor will I ever be a good golfer. I do not have the time to devote to practice that being good would require.

    I have read a number of Dr. Rotella's books and they have made me a better golfer. They have taught me to stay in the moment and keep my head clear of extraneous thoughts. I pick a target and the only swing thought I entertain is about tempo. These ideas are reinforced and elaborated on in this book.

    His "Putting Out of Your Mind", which I have on audio cassette helped my putting tremendously. Again, the same thought process is expounded upon here.

    I often carry more than 14 clubs and often take flak from my golf partners. When I am practice playing, I see no sense in taking the extra clubs out. In fact, I keep track of which clubs I use, so that when it really counts I have a better idea of what to leave in the bag.

    The ideas presented in this book, will help me with my focus during practice and hopefully help out on the course.

    I would certainly recommend Dr. Rotella's books to any serious golfer, regardless on their level of expertise.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

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    Changed My Game

    This book helps to position your thoughts on the game of golf. After reading it, I was more confident, and recognized that what was holding me back was "me." Spend the couple of hours to read Bob Cullen's book, with excellent examples that will ring true to you and will cause you to reflect on how you not only play golf, but think about it. You will be better for having spent the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    WE SPEND LOTS OF MONEY IMPROVING OUR GOLF GAME: EQUIPMENT, LESSONS, PHYSICAL TRAINING. WHAT ABOUT OUR HEADS. READ THIS BOOK

    IT'S HARD TO SAY IT WAS THE BOOK...BUT AFTER IMPLAMENTING PROBABLY 20% OF WHAT THE AUTHOR SUGGESTED, MY HANDICAP WENT DOWN 3 STROKES (23-20) IN JUST 8 WEEKS. I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THE OTHER 80%. PUT LESS EMPHASIS ON EVERY SHOT. AND DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP AFTER A BAD SHOT, ARE JUST A FEW OF THE TIPS I GOT FROM THE BOOK. YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT HOW EFFECTIVE THESE TIPS CAN BE. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO GOLFERS OF ALL ABILITIES.

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