Golf Psychology - Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect

Joe Culverhouse
  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • Manager - GLT Content and Communications
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Bob Rotella book


In the previous article in GLT’s Golf Psychology series, we gave a brief biography of Dr. Bob Rotella, a man considered by many to be the Godfather of Golf’s Mental Game. Today, we will provide a quick review of his 1995 best-seller, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect.

Typically, Team GLT isn’t in the business of writing book reviews. But, for a renowned guru of the mental game of golf such as Dr. Rotella, we have obviously made an exception; however, our approach may be a bit unique. Rather than give you a typical outline review, we’re going to hit a few of the best examples of Dr. Rotella’s philosophies in a more direct, bullet point fashion.

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So, without further introduction, here are a few pointers from Dr. Bob Rotella to serve as a guide to help you strengthen your performance in the mental game of game.

  • On the first tee, a golfer must expect just two things of himself: to have fun and to focus his mind perfectly on each shot
  • Golfers must learn to love the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees or sand. The alternatives (to loving the challenge) – anger, fear, whining and cheating- do no good.
  • Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simple the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.
  • It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.

If you’re familiar with the GLT philosophy and methodology, you can probably guess which of the previous points first caught our eye. Learning to accept and embrace the less-than-ideal lies is just the kind of thing we emphasize to our golfers. Dr. Rotella also addresses a few other areas into which GLT places emphasis, particularly in regards to golf’s mental game.

  • Target Focus
  • Process Focus
  • Pre-shot Routine

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We’ll dive deeper into these areas in the coming articles. They’re as fundamental to golf’s mental game as reading and writing to an education. In fact, the next article in the series will approach these very topics.

  • Recall the positive, accept (and expunge) the negative.

We’ve addressed this topic already in our Mental Game of Golf series, but it can’t be stressed enough how vital it is when attempting to master golf’s mental game.

To see how you can further develop your mental golf game, follow along as Team GLT continues to dive deeper into golf’s mental game, and be sure to check out the first article in the series, What Is Golf’s Mental Game?


Bob Rotella book