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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
On the way to his usual Wednesday golf game, Jonathan meets Dave, who is gathering material for a book about playing golf. Dave offers to observe how Jonathan plays over nine holes, and the skeptical Jonathan plans to show this chair expert how a pro plays. He bogeys the first hole, the easiest hole on the course, which doesn’t get him into a good mood for the next hole, where he makes a double bogey. Dave starts a discussion, analyzing Jonathan’s shots, choice of clubs, and his expectations with each shot. He introduces Jonathan to the idea of evaluating each shot out of ten, rather than concentrating on making par, which automatically sets the player into a life or death mental framework. Jonathan thinks the idea is crazy.
On the third par 5 hole, Dave urges Jonathan to use the 5 wood instead of the driver. Jonathan has more control with the wood and the driver shot usually goes into the rough. Jonathan believes that distance is more important, but reluctantly uses the 5 wood and still shoots a good distance. Dave tells Jonathan to use the club he is most comfortable with rather than using a club he has problems with simply to try to achieve greater distance. Concentrate on consistency. Jonathan bogeys the hole, but he hit solid shots. As they progress through the remaining six holes, Dave gradually introduces new ideas for Jonathan to consider, slowly bringing the skeptic around. At end of nine holes, Jonathan makes 42, far better than he expected, and admits that Dave’s observations and pointers really do make sense.
What can I say. Dave Johnston’s Playing Out Of Your Mind: Moving Beyond Swing Mechanics is an astonishing book that every part-time golfer should read. I know it will help me with my game – provided I stick to Dave’s tips. Instead of presenting his observations, conclusions and recommendations in a dry textbook style, by using a real event story, observing how Jonathan plays, immediately engages the reader in a way that educates and entertains. I sympathized with Jonathan, reflecting on my own golf play, nodding as I read the book, realizing I was caught in the same mental traps. Playing Out Of Your Mind: Moving Beyond Swing Mechanics is a brilliant analysis of golf play and the importance to approach every shot positively, banishing the negative demons.