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Martin Wells

Feb 10, 2022

No One Playing

The Essence of Mindfulness in Golf and in Life

John Hunt Publishing 2022

Today I talked to Martin Wells about his new book No One Playing: The Essence of Mindfulness in Golf and in Life (John Hunt, 2022). 

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 both honor golf as a sport and find much more in playing this game that offers us insights into human nature and behavior. Want to know which emotions may help you putt better? Why there’s a thin line between humility and humiliation? Want to hear about the saga that has been Tiger Woods’ career? Then this episode is for you. Addition highlights include a discussion of Jean Van de Velde’s epic 1999 Open Championship meltdown, along with the wisdom of Bobby Jones’ observation that “The length of a golf course is five inches—the space between your ears.”

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.

Dan Hill, PhD, is the author of nine books and leads Sensory Logic, Inc. (https://www.sensorylogic.com). His new book is Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo. To check out his related “Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight” blog, visit https://emotionswizard.com.

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