Conquering the Mental Game
A detailed plan for conquering the FEAR that sabotages swings
and ruins psyches, from the pioneering psychologist whose techniques
have benefited Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, and numerous other
Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game (Hardcover) - by Dr. Gio Valiante (Author), Mike Stachura (Collaborator)
As Jack Nicklaus once observed, fear is the golfer’s greatest
enemy, inspiring Tiger Woods to "refuse" to give in to this
It can turn professionals into jelly and dominate the games of
most amateurs. It alters swing paths, causes “tap-in” putts to go awry,
and transforms a golfer from a brilliant shot-maker on the practice
range into an incompetent hack on the course.
Most golfers understand this, but do not have the tools to overcome it.
That’s where Dr. Gio Valiante comes in. A pioneering sports
psychologist, Valiante has studied the sources of an athlete’s fear,
investigated the physiological and neurological impact of fear on
performance, and, most important of all, developed a groundbreaking
program for conquering it. With Valiante's help and by applying
Fearless Golf, Justin Leonard went from three consecutive missed cuts
to three consecutive top tens, and Chad Campbell recently moved from
98th in the world to 7th. Davis Love III went from zero wins in 2002 to
four wins in 2003, and Chris DiMarco made the 2004 Ryder Cup Team.
Emphasizing the need to replace a fixation-on-results with a commitment
to mastery of one’s body and one's mind, Valiante’s approach will not
only help golfers reach their true potential, it will make playing
every round fun again. Through concrete confidence and mastery drills,
he presents specific ways readers can break free of fear’s grasp and
perform at their best—even under the most extreme pressure.
With detailed quotes and anecdotes given exclusively to Dr. Valiante
from the best players in the game—including Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els,
and other tour professionals, Fearless Golf is the ultimate
guide to the mental game, the hottest topic in golf today.