May 172013
 
Dr. Gio Valiante

Dr. Gio Valiante

AUTHOR FORMER “GURU OF THE YEAR”

Dr. Gio Valiante, the former Golf Channel “Guru of the Year,” reveals secrets in his new book, “Golf Flow: Master Your Mind, Master the Course.”

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Valiante shares the methods and strategies he uses to help some of the PGA Tour’s top golfers achieve flow on the course. Dr. Gio, as he is known, is one of the most prominent sport psychologists in the world and has become the winningest sport psychologist on the PGA Tour over the past decade.

golfflowNamed in 2011 as one of Golf Magazine’s 40 most influential people in golf under age 40, he has worked with many of the game’s top players, including Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Camilo Villegas, Sean O’Hair, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III and Alexis Thompson.

FORMER ‘GURU’

As the former Golf Channel “Guru of the Year,” Valiante now brings his expertise to “Golf Flow” (Human Kinetics, April 2013), a book written for every golfer who understands the way you think shapes the way you play. The key, he teaches, is to approach the game in a positive worry-free state in which the sole focus is to master the moment, enjoy the process, and focus on play freely and fearlessly.

Valiante offers cues for staying in the moment, simple steps for overcoming adversity, and reminders for maintaining the all-important mastery orientation that thrives when a golfer’s skills match the challenge at hand.

“Golf Flow” also shares methods and strategies with six of his PGA golfers—Kuchar, Rose, Villegas, O’Hair, Stuart Appleby, and Bryce Molder—to get them into, or back into, flow. He details each of the 10 keys to achieving flow on the course as well. Quite often the result for golf enthusiasts will be low-scoring and winning golf, but even when it doesn’t, the positive experience of playing at an optimal level while being immersed in the game is much better than par.

Valiante, who serves as the mental game consultant for the Golf Channel, Golf Digest, and the University of Florida, is a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where he also lives. He’s been on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ESPN’s “First Take.”

His first book is “Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game” (Doubleday/Golf Digest, 2005), which is considered a standard in golf psychology.