Gio Valiante, a performance consultant whose golfers have won over 50 PGA Tour events, provides proven strategies to orient the mind, harness thoughts, and enter a flow state—or optimal performance zone—in which time, control, effort, and awareness seem both suspended and intensified.
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The inherent discontinuity in golf—18 different holes, intervals between every shot, slow play, time waiting on the tee, breaks between rounds—poses one of the game’s greatest challenges: maintaining focus and rhythm on the course.
Golf Flow offers a cartful of time-tested principles and strategies and a bagful of innovative methods and techniques to keep the mind quiet and distraction-free. Gio Valiante, one of the PGA Tour’s most prolific performance consultants, will help you orient your mind and harness your thoughts so you can enter a flow state, or optimal performance zone, in which time, control, effort, and awareness seem both suspended and intensified.
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Stuart Appleby, and many other pros, as well as golfers with much higher handicaps, have benefitted big-time from developing their Golf Flow tools. Actual accounts of conquering mental obstacles by adopting a confident and clear mind-set can be found throughout the book.
Part I The Golf Flow Experience
Chapter 1 Time
Chapter 2 Control
Chapter 3 Effort
Chapter 4 Awareness
Part II Your Flow Toolbox
Chapter 5 Skills to Meet Challenges
Chapter 6 Mastery Orientation to Keep Ego in Check
Chapter 7 Growth Mind-Set to Adapt to Changes
Chapter 8 Resilience to Overcome Adversity
Chapter 9 Confidence to Achieve Sustained Success
Part III Flow on the PGA Tour
Chapter 10 Matt Kuchar
Loving the Game
Chapter 11 Justin Rose
Understanding Your Motivation
Chapter 12 Stuart Appleby
Chapter 13 Camilo Villegas
Maintaining Perspective During the Highs and Lows
Chapter 14 Sean O’Hair
Being in the Present
Chapter 15 Bryce Molder
Playing Your Own Game
Part IV Ten Keys to Flow on the Course
Chapter 16 Study Success
Chapter 17 Manage Time Effectively
Chapter 18 Practice With a Purpose
Chapter 19 Achieve a Mastery Mindset
Chapter 20 Discern Between Real and Perceived Limitations
Chapter 21 Craft Your Environment
Chapter 22 Respond Positively to Negativity
Chapter 23 Control Your Body
Chapter 24 Emphasize Rhythm, Not Mechanics
Chapter 25 Play Fearlessly
Dr. Gio Valiante is one of the most prominent sport psychologists in the world. He has worked with many of the sport’s top players, including Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Camilo Villegas, Sean O’Hair, Davis Love III, and Alexis Thompson. His clients over the past decade have won dozens of championships, and he has become the winningest sport psychologist on the PGA Tour during that time.
Valiante was named one of the 40 most influential people in golf under age 40 by Golf magazine in 2011 and was dubbed Guru of the Year by the Golf Channel in 2010. His book Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game(Doubleday/Golf Digest, 2005) is a standard in golf psychology. He is a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and serves as the mental game consultant for the Golf Channel, Golf Digest, and the University of Florida.
Valiante lives in Winter Park, Florida.
“In Golf Flow you will learn the proven process that Dr. Gio has implemented to improve my game. Not only has it made me a better player, but it’s also helped me to enjoy the pursuit of personal improvement."
Justin Rose-- 2013 U.S. Open champion; Six-Time PGA Tour Winner; 2012, 2013, 2014 Top 5 World-Ranked Player
"Dr. Gio has given me the mental tools that help me find flow."
Matt Kuchar-- 2013 champion of the Memorial Tournament and the Match Play Championship; Seven-Time PGA Tour Winner; 2013, 2014 Top 5 World-Ranked Player
"This book gives you the tools that PGA Tour players use to clear their minds and play great golf."
Camilo Villegas-- Three-Time PGA Tour Winner
“I would not be prepared for the challenges I face every week on the PGA Tour without my relationship with Dr. Gio. Finding flow has been extremely vital as I compete against the best in the world.”