“PLAY GOLF, NOT GOLF SWING.” That’s one of the nuggets from Mental Toughness Training for Golf, a book by Dr. Rob Bell, an Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Ball State University.
I haven’t read the book, but I wanted to let you know about it. It’s received good reviews from others, such as Golf Blogger, whose golf judgment I respect. He gave Dr. Bell’s book an “A.”
I happen to think we’re all mental cases. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Fundamentals and swing mechanics are fine, to a point, but it’s that five-inch space between the ears Bobby Jones emphasized that matters most. When your head is right, amazing things happen. When it’s wrong, a pretty swing is pretty useless. I’ve experienced it and seen it countless times.
The book’s subtitle (and also a book section) is Start Strong Finish Strong. Other book sections include the aforementioned Play Golf, Not Golf Swing; Challenge or Threat; The Five Paths to Confidence; and Mentally Tough Putting. I have the impression this book might be especially helpful for golf coaches at any level.
About Dr. Rob Bell
Dr. Rob Bell is an Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology at Ball State University. Dr. Bell is also a Sport Psychology coach and a certified consultant of AASP (Association of Applied Sport Psychology). He has PGA credentials as a Sport Psychology consultant and specializes in coaching the mental game with athletes at all levels.
Dr. Bell presents his research and applied experience at various conferences and clinics across the nation. His area of research includes examining solution-focused guided imagery for the yips in golf, and applied sport psychology interventions. He has been published in numerous academic journals, including Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Athletic Insight, Journal of Sport Behavior, and The Encyclopedia of Sports. He has also been noted in the New York Times, The Star Press, The National Psychologist, Knoxville News Sentinel, and Stack Magazine.
An avid golfer and part-time professional caddie, Dr. Bell has competed in marathons, triathlons, and Masters swimming competitions.
Dr. Rob Bell website
Mental Toughness Training for Golf at Amazon
−The Armchair Golfer