This book is a serious instruction manual for anyone who ever felt nervous over a short putt. It is also a celebration of the power of science and the joy of golfing friendship.
Golf is the world's greatest game – probably the most mentally challenging, unpredictable, and infuriating one too. Perhaps golf is so addictive because, however hard you try, it is never possible to perfect it.
The focus of the book is putting, the “game within a game”, and how sometimes it can all go horribly wrong. The pursuit of putting perfection can lead to the dreaded yips, in which golfers lose control of their putters, their emotions, their self-esteem, and any enjoyment of golf itself.
In the book, Peter describes his personal decades-long battle with the yips, and how he conquered them to rediscover his love for the game, achieve a plus handicap, and compete in elite golf tournaments in his 50s. Its inspiration is drawn from his various heroes : Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Albert Einstein.
The book contains detailed chapters on physical and mental techniques that will keep the yips at bay, and applies scientific, objective methods to this most subjective of games.
Below are a few examples of the contents of the book; not your typical golf instruction, but designed to give anyone prone to yipping a step-by-step escape route from the hole they find themselves in. It also includes preventive measures to ensure you never get into that hole in the first place.