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Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game | [Dr. Joseph Parent]

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

In chapters such as "During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf," the author guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author, Dr. Joseph Parent, is a PGA Tour Instructor who draws on his teaching experience to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike.
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In chapters such as "During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson", "Isn't Where You Have to Play It From Punishment Enough?" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf," the author guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author, Dr. Joseph Parent, is a PGA Tour Instructor who draws on his teaching experience to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike.

Zen Golf offers a fresh perspective for golf and for life. Rather than focus on what's wrong with us (what's broken, flawed, or missing) we can take the attitude that there is something fundamentally, essentially right with us. Through mindful awareness, distractions and negativity can be recognized and cleared away.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf introduces a unique combination of modern psychology, Buddhist wisdom, and professional golf instruction. By applying classic insights and stories to the challenges of golf, Zen Golf shows you how to make your mind an ally instead of an enemy: how to stay calm, clear the interference that leads to poor shots, and eliminate bad habits and mental mistakes. Zen Golf shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings, leading golfers to the effortless focus and unconditional confidence of being in "the zone."

©2002 Joseph Parent; (P)2003 Mental Game Mastery

What the Critics Say

"Zen Golf is the best book at connecting the mind and golf together. It's for everyone, and you're really going to like it." (Vijay Singh)

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    Nitin Jersey City, NJ, United States 08-08-13
    Nitin Jersey City, NJ, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Zen Golf"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. No matter how many lessons, how many buckets of balls, regardless of handicap, every golfer needs to listen to this book


    What other book might you compare Zen Golf to and why?

    Zen Putting


    Any additional comments?

    Great book & narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Monroe 07-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Helps one understand oneself as well as play better golf


    Which character ??? as performed by Dr. Joseph Parent ??? was your favorite?

    the only character is you


    What did you learn from Zen Golf that you would use in your daily life?

    awareness and observation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Bownstown, MI, United States 06-11-12
    Ed Bownstown, MI, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Perspective on Golf"

    If you're and A-Type personality and are looking for some advice that can help make sense of the evils of golf, this books if for you. I say A-Type because "B" type personalities, and I hate them all, don't struggle with over thinking the game or creating undue stress on their own. They just play and have fun and, by and large, are just better golfers, and athletes in general, because of it. This book will help unravel that mystery.

    This is not my first Zen type book. When I was into tournament archery I read one, which taught very similar techniques and broke the sport down in a very similar fashion. It really helped me become a better archer and overcome a lot of obstacles that kept me from reaching my potential and being competitive while enjoying the sport.

    This book is well laid out and narrated. It has already helped me not only shave strokes off my game, but play with a more positive attitude and deal with the good days and bad days. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to improve and enjoy the game of golf.

    As a companion to what this book teaches I might also recommend some books on self-hypnosis. Using self-hypnosis can help ingrain some of the ideas and concepts brought out in this book, into your sub-conscious memory. In my experience this makes it easier to go with the flow and let things happen naturally, versus having to think how to think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 06-11-12
    E. A. Jacques Michigan USA 06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Perspective on Golf"

    If you're and A-Type personality and are looking for some advice that can help make sense of the evils of golf, this books if for you. I say A-Type because "B" type personalities, and I hate them all, don't struggle with over thinking the game or creating undue stress on their own. They just play and have fun and, by and large, are just better golfers, and athletes in general, because of it. This book will help unravel that mystery.

    This is not my first Zen type book. When I was into tournament archery I read one, which taught very similar techniques and broke the sport down in a very similar fashion. It really helped me become a better archer and overcome a lot of obstacles that kept me from reaching my potential and being competitive while enjoying the sport.

    This book is well laid out and narrated. It has already helped me not only shave strokes off my game, but play with a more positive attitude and deal with the good days and bad days. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to improve and enjoy the game of golf.

    As a companion to what this book teaches I might also recommend some books on self-hypnosis. Using self-hypnosis can help ingrain some of the ideas and concepts brought out in this book, into your sub-conscious memory. In my experience this makes it easier to go with the flow and let things happen naturally, versus having to think how to think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian John Moss 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "excellent mental preparation"
    What made the experience of listening to Zen Golf the most enjoyable?

    clearly read and interesting, relevant anecdotes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    no characters in this book


    What aspect of Dr. Joseph Parent’s performance would you have changed?

    i wouldn't change anything


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    very good at putting trials of golf in perspective

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-18-12
    Linda 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely helpful"
    If you could sum up Zen Golf in three words, what would they be?

    Improved golf game


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters, just inspiring information.


    What about Dr. Joseph Parent’s performance did you like?

    Loved his voice, it is very soothing. This is a case where the author should read his own book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A lot of "aha" moments and a lot of knowing that what he said is the truth and I should put it into practice.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book, which I have done more than once, and putting what he says into practice has improved my golf game. Thanks, Dr. Parent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Greensboro, GA, United States 10-23-09
    Bruce Greensboro, GA, United States 10-23-09
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    "Great Book"

    Great information and easy to follow guidelines.
    His book Zen Putting is even better.

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    04-19-09
    04-19-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Zen Golf"

    I've been golfing for years having lots probs on lowering scores. Zen Golf gave me a new outlook and a new perspective in bettering my game. Thanks Dr Parent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Lab, Canada 08-06-08
    Gordon Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Lab, Canada 08-06-08
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    "ZEN GOLF"

    If nothing else, this audio will put in a better state of mind, for awhile anyway. The problem is the fast pace of life we all lead makes it necessary to review this audible from time to time, i suggest you note the sections which really help or impress you the most and replay them over and over, as i have done and it really becomes imbedded into your psyche, and thats a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Grapeview, WA, USA 05-04-08
    Lydia Grapeview, WA, USA 05-04-08
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    "Zen Golf Great"

    This book hit the nail on the head as far as golf's "head" game! I could see myself in every example that was given. I hope to put the mental exercises into good play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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