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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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All golfers read this book

No matter how many lessons, how many buckets of balls, regardless of handicap, every golfer needs to listen to this book. I had been playing ok, then took a lesson and hit my all-time low. I was heading to break 90 and then couldn't break 100 again. I had 20 swing thoughts every time I walked up to the ball - the lesson wasn't the problem, I was. Until you can take the lessons from this book - to be positive, to clear your mind, to be in the moment - I think it is very difficult to be a good golfer. I used to curse, pound the club into the ground, scream - only to make things worse for my game. This book has made all the difference for me. It is presented in a concise, instructive, calming way that can be applied to golf or life in general. The chapters are short, and it is easy to listen to in the car, on the way to work, anywhere! Golfers looking for that elusive next level will not be disappointed.

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Wouldn't have believed it...

Never having been much of a believer of the concept of Zen, I chose this book only after reading many articles about Phil Jackson's use of Zen in his coaching. I figured that the man has done some winning over the years so I'd give it a shot myself. I'm 47, have a 6 handicap, and figured what the heck, I've got nothing to lose in trying this for the fun of it. Well, let me tell you - this sceptic has been transformed! Since "reading" this book, my worst golf score has been a 1 over par for nine holes at the course I regularly play. The first time I went out to play after having finished 3/4s of the book, I shot the first 4 under I'd had in 15 years on 9 holes, and the first 5 under for the 18 I'd had in forever. I think this is the type of book that, if you truly listen to it closely, your going to find something there that will click for you as it did for me. Give it a try - you've nothing to lose except your high scores! I've become a believer.

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this can really help your game

This book does a great job of introducing principles of zen that are applicable not only to golf, but to your day to day life. Relative to your golf game, you learn some great techniques to help manage your swing, stroke and game. Moreover, for those listeners in the East, this is a great listen while the snow is still covering the fairways.

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Great book

Instantly helped my game. My playing partner in a match play event even commented about how loose and relaxed I looked during the round. Also shot my best round this year. Highly recommend.

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Great, not just for golf.

I was looking to figure out my mental game as an amateur pool player. Having grown up playing golf, I figured I could relate the two, as I already approach the two games in the same physical manner. I just finished this book, feel great, and am looking forward to applying the techniques taught within. The pace of the book is steady and methodical, much as it recommends you approach golf and life. Thank you for these insights.

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My 12th book on golf and this is the best!

I've read all of Bob Rotella books, Pyscho Cybernetics, etc and this is the best one yet. if you are wanting to improve the way you play while improving your life this is a must read.

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Till Zen...

"Zen Golf" is a well written, well read, informational work that could benefit every golfer, whether aspiring or pro. Take a deep breath - relax - and take the time to enjoy and implement these great practices.
- Until Zen, Enjoy

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Great Audio it was my first purchase

The information in this audio can not only help your golf game but also help your life. With proper use and understanding.

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Top mental game book.

I read the paperback version of this book when it came out years ago, and I just finished the audio version, and I can say having read dozens of mental game books, this book is easily at the very top of the list! Not only will it make you a better golfer it’ll make you a better athlete for any sport and it’ll make you a better person. This book will help your life be better in all facets as this book is applicable to everything we do. An easy read, full of wisdom. Phenomenal book.

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Great book, dated recording

Great book but even an iphone recording would sound better now a days. A must read for anyone.

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  • Jude O Reilly
  • 06-18-10

highly recommended

a great read for any golfer....a worthwhile investment
an interesting read for non-golfers too !
unlike many other books .... Zen Golf has 'stickability' !

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  • Terry
  • 05-13-10

zen golf

I purchased this audio not expecting a lot, however brillant: sets your mind straight, handicap has improved by 4 shots listening to this

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  • Daniel Edwards
  • 06-30-20

I can’t speak highly enough about this book!

The teachings in this book have dramatically improved my golf results and more importantly my enjoyment of the game. It has also improved my general outlook on life itself. I would highly recommend every golfer listen to or read this book and I will be telling anyone who will listen to get themselves a copy.

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  • Ayo M
  • 07-09-15

I returned the book before finishing Chapter 2

This isn't everyone's cup of tea.
I think it would suit you more if you're into Buddha and Yoga and stuff like that.

I just finished Bob Rotella's The Unstoppable Golfer, so perhaps that raised my expectation for this one.

I'm sure it's a good book, but just not for me.

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  • Brian Sheehy
  • 09-14-21

Immediate Impact

I found this to be a huge missing link to my mental state on the golf course. It sounds odd, but my first round after this book was my best. I will find more information to implement when I listen to this again.

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  • David C
  • 09-01-21

V helpful messages but slightly poor audio

Very informative for anyone who rightly wants to look at their mental game in golf.

The narrator is a little wooden, and it’s not very clear for listening on the phone so headphones required.

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  • Mrs W J Knight
  • 01-18-21

Great advice

really identified with the thought processes going on when playing and some good advice on what to do about it can't wait to get out of lock down and try it

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  • Melco
  • 08-25-20

Love it....a must read for everyone!

All the parallels between day to day live and golf are amazing, how we can lear for.one and apply in both, the little stories about ancient monasteries and the examples of them are amazing
Great audio book, it is one of my favourites now.

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  • daryl jackson
  • 02-22-20

woosaa

loved it!!! gave me a few things to try on the course!
definitely worth a read

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  • Dirishfella
  • 01-22-20

great to put you asleep

this book may have great insights in it but the audio quality is super bad imo, needs to be recorded again and by someone else. The authers monotone voice put me right a sleep and even tried it the next morning and i kept noticing my mind drifting like i wasnt concentrating on what he was saying. as i said this book might have great stuff in it but really i could not get anything out of it

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  • andrew
  • 01-16-16

Thought provoking

There is quite a lot to digest here, and I did feel like I would need to take notes at first but just listening to each section helped me think about taking golf for what it is. An enjoyable pastime and nothing more or less. Separate previous bad shots from future potential and enjoy it more.
I feel it has actually helped me and I know I will revisit this from time to time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Dropped 5 shots

Not entirely sure if it was this book or not but my hcp has dropped from 11.5 to 6.3 from the time I started this audiobook to finishing it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-20

Game changer

Will allow you to take a new perspective out on the course next time you play! But also implement off the course in daily life