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Putting and short game guru Dave Stockton averages 90-100 corporate outings a year. He sees the everyday golfer, their approach to the game and often what holds them back. Its been said on wider scale that we can be our own worst enemy. That holds true in golf.

How much would you pay for a private lesson with one of the hottest instructors in the game? Many might be intimidated, even if they have the financial resources to make the lesson happen. Stockton has a new book out, OWN YOUR GAME. His down to earth personality oozes from the pages on what it takes to improve. Stockton does for readers what he has for his private clients as well as Annika Sorenstam, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. So if you can’t pull off that private lesson or you’re not sure it’s in your comfort zone, his new book is the next best thing.

Among the topics he discusses are why trying doesn’t work, how to play under pressure, how to evaluate and believe in yourself (two separate chapters), the essentials of strategy and how to play for business. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed on the course by too many technical thoughts, this book will help to clear your mind. As Stockton writes with the help of Matt Rudy, Senior Writer at Golf Digest, golf is pretty much defined by pressure. It’s the main reason the swings we take on the practice range are hard to take to the golf course. It isn’t the obvious type of coming down the stretch of a major championship, which only a few will ever experience in life. Think about how many PGA TOUR players ever get into the hunt on Sunday afternoon in their career, let alone in a major?

Consider for another moment someone who enjoyed a strong career, which included five major championships (2 PGA Championships, the 1996 Senior Open and 2 Senior Player Championships), 11 tournament victories on the PGA Tour and another 14 on the Champions Tour was able to discover what worked and didn’t work in the swing well before a TrackMan system was invented or high-definition video cameras came into fashion or an iPad to display a swing taken a minute previously. Through OWN YOUR GAME, Stockton shows any players, regardless of handicap, how to think better, stay calmer, execute more consistently and most importantly, enjoy the game more than they though possible!

OWN YOUR GAME is available at stocktongolf.com and is offered with an autographed version ($25) or personalized ($30) depending on your preferences. While many are waiting for better weather to finally arrive and let golf courses re-open for business, OWN YOUR GAME is a good book well worth the time and read.