I’m usually not a big fan of golf instructional books. I think the best way to get a better swing is to work with a golf professional. Having said that, the newly published Play Your Best Golf Now is an important exception. Just published by Gotham Books and written by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott (with Ron Sirak), the book focuses on the mental side of the game.
Nilsson and Marriott are the #1 and #2 ranked female instructors as ranked by Golf Digest. They work extensively with professional golfers including major winners. Their advice is practical and includes many exercises that you can practice at home. Their intention is not to change your swing, but focuses on getting the mind out of the way when you play.
Easy to focus on and common sense changes are suggested such as changing grip pressure, techniques to say in tempo and techniques for staying in the present. Plus, what’s not to like about a book that uses simple wisdom such as this, “Anger makes you stupid, while joy allow you to access a peak-performance state.”
The book is helpful in life and in golf (aren’t they the same?). This is the best book on improving your game I have seen since Zen Golf.