Y’all. I can’t believe I’m going to type the next sentence, but here we go:
I actually kinda sorta like golf.
I mean WHAT?! I don’t know what happened, but I’ll just blame my Dad. I am 100% my father’s daughter and he’s taken to golf over the past decade, so I shouldn’t be shocked my interest appeared. Except, you know, my Dad is RETIRED. I, on the other hand, am not.
I also blame TopGolf. I love that place and can actually make shots. So that’s why today we find this book up on the blog. My life sometimes…
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.
I have to say the concepts in this book go beyond just the game of golf. I get why it’s such a good book for golf, but it really can be applied to any sport or business, etc. One aspect Dr. Lardon discusses in depth is the Pre-Shot Pyramid. It consists of his six components of mental excellence: attitude, motivation, control, optimization, concentration and planning. See? I can use that for lots of things besides my golf game ;). Lardon, though, also provides helpful and insightful ways to apply this to golf and takes it further with ways to track with his scorecard and even “homework.”
It’s a quick read with tons of stories, so it’s enjoyable as well. And while the focus is obviously on the mental golf game, I left with some pointers for other aspects of my life. A pleasant surprise. Will it make you the next greatest golf player? Who knows right? 😉 But I think it’ll help you focus, which is sometimes just what you need.
What are some ways you get yourself focused?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)