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Erin Macy and Tiffany Wilding-White's "Golfing with Your Eyes Closed" - Practice Definitely Works
I am finding this self-help manual on how to master the golf stroke very helpful in my game. The authors of this study have set up each chapter to deal with a progression of essential psychological and physical techniques that should be learned if the sensation of muscle memory is to start working in the golfer’s favour. Golf is challenging under the best of circumstances, but if a player like myself employs my mind to visualize each of the facet of the game, the body, in theory, should deliver each time. To reach that state of confidence where the swing becomes second nature requires a lot of practice and self-discipline. Obstacles such as paralyzing fear, sudden pressure, and nagging inconsistency are all addressed here as conditions that stem from an inability to stay focused on what works as opposed to what doesn’t. The book shares a number of proven ways in which a struggling golfer can ride through these challenges by using his or her mental faculties: positive thinking, breathing and relaxation exercises, vizualization scripts and mental practice and experimentation. What is especially useful here is that each part of this book contains well-defined lessons with useful summaries and tips on how to monitor one’s progress. The amazing thing about golf is that if it is played as a mind game, one doesn’t really need one’s sight other than to confirm the outcome of the swing through the ball. Other senses like smell, feeling and hearing contribute to that ability to see the game before it unfolds. I would recommend this guide to better golf to anyone who feels like they are not responding to the power and beauty of this game because of any number of mental impediments.