As Martin Wells explains, to imagine you’re in control, on a golf course or otherwise in life, is downright absurd. It’s not that you “get into the zone”; instead, the zone finds you. In those and other ways, this delightful book and author not only honor golf as a sport, but also offer insights into human nature, emotions and behavior. For example, want to know which emotions may help you putt better? Or why there’s a thin line between humility and humiliation? Want to understand more about Tiger Wood’s psyche? Then this episode is for you. Addition highlights include a discussion of golfer Jean Van de Velde’s epic 1999 British Open Championship meltdown (hint:emotions are at its core), along with the wisdom of Bobby Jones’ observation that “The length of a golf course is five inches—the space between your ears.”
Released today: episode #92 of my podcast series “Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight,” featuring Martin Wells discussing No One Playing: The Essence of Mindfulness in Golf and in Life. Click on https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/special-series/dan-hills-eq-spotlight to get to the new episode.
Martin Wells has worked as a psychotherapist in the National Health Services (NHS) for over 30 years. He lives in Bristol, England, and at age 70 is still a single figure handicap golfer. He’s also played senior amateur and semi-professional soccer for nearly 20 years.