The Winning Touch in Golf: A Psychological Approach
Why this book?
The Winning Touch in Golf was the first sport psychology book that addressed golf. It was certainly the first such book that I read and it influenced the rest of my life. Indeed, I became a golf psychologist.
The book was written by a psychologist whom I found credible, not only because he had his Ph.D., but because he was also a member of Augusta National, the home of the fabled Masters Tournament. To me, that meant that he was not only a psychologist, but also a serious golfer.
I found the 53 brief “secrets” about the mental game, each “secret” consisting of only 3 or so pages with some graphics, were indeed brief and very easy to read. I was happy to find no psychological mumbo-jumbo, just interesting topics, astute observations, and practical suggestions for many common psychological situations in golf. Indeed, I modeled my own book on these same criteria some 50 years later.
Lastly, I liked that the book was published by a major publisher at the time (Prentice Hall) and had a forward by a major PGA player (Dr. Cary Middlecoff). Clearly, the book was highly regarded back then, and is still a classic today.