Thanks for the informative post Walsh.
Back when I was on the learning curve (in the early to mid-80's), there were no books on IPSC-type shooting, so I read any golf book or magazine I could find that disucsssed the mental game.
My favorite was On Learning Golf by Percy Boomer (it's been out of print for years, but with today's resources on the interweb, it might be out there).
That's fascinating that you picked up golf books! A friend of mine who competes in as many national tournaments as he can at Master level thought your book was a bit esoteric. I told him not if he was a solid golfer and had read books on managing oneself while competing. So that explains it. I'll have to tell him what you did.
I just checked Amazon and it's back in print. I don't recall it as when I started playing in 1968 the only book store near me was a library. When Jack Nicklaus came out with "Golf My Way" (1974) I had already been taking lessons from Jim Albus, who was a top club pro and teacher in the NYC area and he won $6.5 million on the Sr. Tour. None of us ever discussed the mental game then. It was all strategy and technique, which Nicklaus says is different for everyone except in one aspect...IMPACT. I know from playing competitively and knowing how to teach fairly well by analyzing a swing, that everyone who hits the ball dead-solid-perfect is in the same position at impact. And I know from then with my own swing there were a few times in a round where at the very top of my swing I already knew the shot was perfect as there was an elusive feel when the slot you were in of body parts screamed OH BABY!
. Ben Hogan said it's a game of miss-hits as he might hit 5 shots a round the way he wanted to. And if you remember the swing of "Mr X" (Miller Barber) you know that his swing is akin to having the sights lined up perfectly when he pulled the trigger. Before that, he was a mess! But he won a fair number of PGA events. Even though I bet many back then couldn't verbalize it, the top players knew the game was between their ears once they had repeatable fundamentals worked out.
Click "First Pages" and you'll find an interesting read from Nicklaus on not getting hung-up on pure fundamentals:Nicklaus: "Golf My Way"
P.S. As was said in the movie "Caddie Shack", it all comes down to "Be the ball". Joe Montana was, IMO, "Mr. Clutch". Give him 3 minutes and 90 yards of field against him in a crucial game and he hit "the zone". I suspect when you were competing that the times spent there were the times you knew the results before you even hit the sights as everything coming up to that moment allowed for it. It's just the way athletic endeavors seem to work. BTW, as others have said, but I'm new, great book you wrote.