• Golf Psychology - When Positive Thinking Doesn't Work

  • By: Jonathan Adler
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Adler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An alternative to popular positive thinking, this groundbreaking audiobook on golf psychology, reveals the practical mindfulness, techniques, and philosophies that will help you to play your best golf when it matters. Author Jon Adler has worked with touring professionals and amateurs for over 10 years, helping them to overcome mental problems and blocks by developing the art of relaxed concentration.

In this book there are practical exercises, psychological ideas, and interesting stories to help you to:

  • Play your best golf when it matters
  • Stop getting so frustrated when you play
  • Develop a calm and equanimous mind
  • Understand how anxiety affects your game
  • Improve your concentration
  • Stop doubting your ability
  • Develop trust and confidence
  • Discover how you get in your own way
  • Strike the ball like you do in practice
  • Overcome anxiety
  • Chip it stiff
  • Develop confidence and feel on the putting green
  • Learn to concentrate under pressure

What do you do when positive thinking stops working? Really, I’m serious. If you have ever tried being really positive while playing golf, you may have experienced some success, but what do you do when you start playing poorly? It is very hard to keep positive when you have no idea where the ball is going. I tried the positive thinking route myself and when things got tough the only explanation for my poor performance was that I was not being positive enough. There had to be more to it than that I thought, so I went about trying to discover the truth about how our mind gets in the way of good performance. What I found, changed the way I played and coached golfers forever.

I am sharing my techniques with you, having practiced them with golfers of all abilities for the last ten years.

The key skill that you will learn to improve is the skill that underpins peak performance in every walk of life: relaxed concentration. Golfers and golf commentators often talk about focusing well and good concentration, but there is little information about how to improve and perfect relaxed concentration, a skill that all agree is a prerequisite for good golf.

This is not popular golf psychology. I will not encourage you to sit in a chair, close your eyes, and imagine yourself playing really well. If you want the positive thinking route then don’t buy this audiobook. I only deal with reality. In fact it has been said that my techniques are so simple that you actually think much less on the golf course and play better. Does that sound good to you?

Are you ready to uncover your potential?

©2012 Jonathan Adler (P)2019 Jonathan Adler

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Sleeper

This audio book is probably best to be read. The narrator’s voice is borderline monotone. Slow pace of reading makes it difficult to follow without dozing off because it’s very slow and deep tone. I would Not recommend this audiobook, perhaps reading the actual book would be better.

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Profound

Profoundly deep. Just what I was looking for! Perfect narrator creates a hypnotic focus that helps you soak in this masterpiece of golf psychology.

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Equanimity!

There are a least 12 very important takeaways that you must incorporate on the mental side that a player uses during a game. Swing the club and watch your ball land where you planned it to land!

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The narration was lack luster at best. Subject matter was intriguing. Though I struggled with the constant use if the word equanimity, it did drive home the value of being in that state.

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Simple yet very effective

Simple yet very effective principles. whenever I feel my swing is breaking down I just reset back to the techniques described

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  • 01-19-22

no basis, no example of students, just trust me

this book is written by a mgmt consultant with the philosophy just trust me I am an expert

here an example of a stupid exercise to make a point in this book. try to think nothing for 5 min. even the top mindfulness gurus don't believe this is possible and then if u don't do it it proves his point.

don't waste your money

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Good audible working thru my demons in golf

The narration of the book was well spoken. I really liked the book/audible. I would recommend to get the book and highlight the words that move you...Fairways and greens my fellow golfers

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One of the best books I have got in a long time

Great story telling! I really loved the tone of the narration I felt it went well with the whole overarching point of the book. Very good perspective and tips to use on the golf course that has actually been improving my play!

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Excellent instruction.

Really benefited from “Golf Psychology”! I am an amateur and tried for years to consistently break 100. Probably over 100 lessons.

Practicing his principles I scored 45 on 9 holes by clearing my mind and trusting my swing. What is more important I enjoy the game much more.

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Excellent

this book has opened my eyes to my golf game and life lessons wow thank you!

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  • 08-07-19

Nowhere near as good as Bob Rotella.

First 4 chapters boring as dull ditch water.
Unexciting narration by the author did NOT help. They should have paid for a professional narrator.
Gave up and deleted part way through chapter 6.
Maybe others will buy in to it...but definitely not for me, sorry.

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  • Lodgefly
  • 08-16-21

Change your attitude, change your game

Game changing book. Dont listen to the negative reviews and comparisons with Bob Rotella, what is included in this book is gold dust. Cant recommend highly enough

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  • Micky2feet
  • 10-10-20

Change your mind

Excellent book with some good exercises , remain in the now, enjoy what you are doing, enjoy Golf and listen to how you talk to understand how your mind is working.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-20

Every Golfer Needs To Listen To This!

Simple and effective approach to improving your performance on the links. The author also delivers the message in a beautifully calm manner which just adds to the experience. Excellent listen.

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  • Alfie john Lucas
  • 07-18-20

Very repetitive

It was a slow book that was very repetitive I haven’t found it helpful at all.

A good meditation practice is better help.

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  • matthew marston
  • 09-24-19

Thank you

This book is brilliant!!!. I’ve had the putting and chipping yips for over thirty years and after listening to this book and doing the exercises explained within I’ve improved dramatically. I am now falling back in love with the game I loved as a kid. Thank you John Adler. Looking forward to meeting you for a chat
Matthew

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  • rezyn8
  • 06-17-22

Seems more of an advert to his coaching services

Drawn out explanations as filler. Continual references to contact him and get coaching. Nothing new here, for me at least, and not really worth the credit. Have a positive attitude and play one stroke at a time. Rotella and Parent are better recommendations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

So grateful to have found this book

Resuming after a 20 year break from golf, and with an abundance of technical and psychological information about golf available at our fingertips today, in my quest to rediscover some form and enjoyment of the game, I came across Jon’s book. There are some good books out there on the mind game no doubt, but for me this one is by far the best. Simple but at the same time deep, I now understand much more about the mental game and in practice or on the course I am having a lot of fun with the various mental approaches.

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  • Jason
  • 02-28-21

interesting

This is a good listen with some interesting concepts. it will require a secong run through at a later time to really understand the the ideas involved in golf psychology..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-21

It’s very good

I haven’t only audioed this book several time, I’m doing my best to live some of its lessons.
I feel my golf game is getting better. and even if it isn’t, my enjoyment of playing the game has.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-20

Exceptional read. Simple and practical.

Every golfer can relate to and learn from this and the stories within.

A must read!!!

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  • Josh
  • 12-02-19

slightly different take on golf psychology.

I have listened to many golf psychology books. Usually they all have the same narrative. this book takes a slightly different approach which I much enjoyed.