By John Craig,

With the ground still thawing out, and mush underfoot in some spots, now is the time for golfers to get their game in shape, if they haven’t already. That includes shaping how you face the each shot and club selection.

Recently, I spoke with a true gentleman of the game, Dave Stockton, author of “Own Your Game: How to Use Your Mind to Play Winning Golf.” Stockton is a PGA Tour champion and now a much sought-after teacher. In this book, he writes about and gives insight and examples from three events my dad and I went to as fans – the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and Phil Mickelson’s collapse on 18, the 2008 Ryder Cup win by the U.S.A. in Louisville, and the 2010 Masters.

The book release calls this “A private strategy lesson from the Tour’s hottest instructor.” Here’s our 12 minute conversation, followed by the full publisher’s press release. 

How to Use Your Mind to Play Winning Golf
By Dave Stockton with Matthew Rudy

Putting and short game guru Dave Stockton averages 90-100 corporate outings per year, and he routinely sees golfers whose approach to the game—whether it's about strategy or attitude—is holding them back. Stockton teaches his students to hit their shots as they would sign a signature—with the unconscious mind. In his previous bestselling instruction books, Unconscious Putting and Unconscious Scoring, Stockton armed readers with simple and powerful strategies for improving on and around the green.

In OWN YOUR GAME: How to Use Your Mind to Play Winning Golf (Gotham Books, March 2014; Hardcover, eBook, Deluxe e-Edition with 16 videos), Stockton shifts his focus to the mental techniques that can make or break the game.

OWN YOUR GAME recreates the experience of riding 18 holes with Dave Stockton at one his highly sought-after corporate outings and draws from his experience as a champion tour player and a revered coach.

Stockton shows any player how to
•Think better,
•Stay calmer,
•Execute more consistently and,
•Most importantly, enjoy the game more thoroughly.

Using anecdotes from five decades of first-hand experience playing and coaching, Stockton shows readers how subjects like confidence, concentration, calmness, and composure—not technical knowledge or prowess—make the difference between success and failure.

Stockton believes that any player can learn to use his or her mind more effectively—both in the microcosm of the shot at hand and in the context of plotting a way shot by shot through a round. OWN YOUR GAME provides a clear, concise roadmap to lower scores for players of all levels. Rather than grinding over buckets of range balls and trying to imitate the swings of the pros, Stockton gives amateur golfers the freedom and permission to learn to play better with the swing they currently have.

OWN YOUR GAME is designed to be a portable, conversational, practical, "soft skills" companion for avid golfers of any handicap level.

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About Dave Stockton:
Dave Stockton is a veteran golf champion and renowned putting and short game instructor. The winner of five major championships (2 PGA Championships, the 1996 Senior Open, and 2 Senior Player Championships), 11 tournament victories on the PGA Tour and 14 wins on the Champions Tour, he was also the captain of the victorious 1991 Ryder Cup team. He is the author of Unconscious Putting, Unconscious Scoring, and Dave Stockton's Putt to Win and is credited with transforming the short games of world-class golfers like Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Annika Sorenstam, and Yani Tseng, the #1 player on the LPGA Tour and the youngest person (man or woman) to win five major championships. He was recently named #16 in Golf Digest's prestigious "America's 50 Greatest Teachers" list.

About Matthew Rudy:
Matthew Rudy is a senior writer at Golf Digest and is the co-author of 16 golf instruction books, including Unconscious Putting, Unconscious Scoring, and Stan Utley's The Art of the Short Game, The Art of Putting, and The Art of the Swing.

About Gotham Books:
Gotham Books, a nonfiction imprint of Penguin Group (USA) was launched in 2003 by industry veteran William Shinker.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Blue Rider, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Gotham Books, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Penguin Press, Philomel, Riverhead Books, and Viking, among others.  The Penguin Group ( is A Penguin Random House Company.