"A golfer can and must decide how he will think". Page 36
Representation / Analysis of theme
"So strategy and course management, not perfect ball-striking, has a lot to do with success". Page 57
Solution of theme
"They're better players than they're showing on the golf course and in tournaments". Page 137
This theme is further developed by another one of Bob's players, Nick Price. Nick is one of the best players that Bob had ever worked with, other than his mental game. Nick was able to hit the ball very far, but he swung way too hard at the ball which led to many errors. Bob worked with him and told him how if he doesn't think that he has to kill the ball he will become such an amazing golfer.
This theme is extended on by Bob's last student, Ben Hogan. Ben is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of golf, but he also has some difficulties with his mental side of the game. Bob explains to him like he does to each and every one of his students the idea of " course management". This will teach the players the meaning of how you do not have to be a big hitter to be able to score on the golf course.
This theme is resolved once the players start to understand the idea of "Mind over matter". Once the students of Bob understand this they start to win tournaments like they had hoped to do. This all shows to the students how you do not have to be a big or long golfer to become a great player, but rather a strong minded smart player.