Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game Reviews

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

  • Provides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and respond to the results of any golf shot
  • Demonstrates how to make one’s mind an ally instead of an enemy by applying classic insight and stories from the Buddhist tradition
  • Shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings, leading golfers to effortless focus and unconditional confidence A
  • Hardback – 176 pages

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.

Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. In chapters such as “How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee”, “You Produce What You Fear”, and “How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf”, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and equally important, respond the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings.

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  • William Ray says:
    99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Point, October 8, 2002
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    William Ray (Eugene, OR United States) –
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    This review is from: Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game (Hardcover)
    What’s the point of golf? What are we trying to achieve while we’re out there? Simply put, the point is to get the ball in the cup as quickly as possible and enjoy the process. I played a round early this summer, had an awful time, came off the course stressed and feeling bad about my behavior. I was literally hyperventalating over putts. Turns out I scored well. So something was amiss, right? This book has me enjoying the game again. Zen Golf is not a deep and difficult treatise of the deeper meaning of life and golf. It is closer to an instruction manual on how to play better golf and enjoy the game more. It addresses concepts like trust, confidence and positive thinking. I now enjoy those 3-iron punch shots out of the trees. I’m learning to enjoy those 5-footers. Every shot is an opportunity and there’s no need for fear or negativity. My “evil caddie” seldom comes around, and when he does, I know what to do. This is simply the best golf book I’ve ever read.

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  • Ross Bagdasarian "J. Karman" says:
    58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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    Why you should buy this book!, August 14, 2002
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    Ross Bagdasarian “J. Karman” (Montecito, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game (Hardcover)
    As an avid, yet struggling golfer I was ready for just about anything that could improve my game, including a lobotomy. Zen Golf was not only straight forward, but incredibly useful. Shortly after reading the book, I went out and “trusting” my swing not only hit a lot of great shots, but actually began having fun again. I enjoyed myself so much that I scheduled a full day lesson with Dr. Parent. Talk about a book brought to life. He was wonderful. Not only was he full of insight and stress relieving approaches, but he was really fun to play with. In the last year or so, I have been shooting a lot of 80’s and even some 90’s. Employing Dr. Parent’s concepts I shot 77 AND had a fun time. I don’t dread golf anymore. I highly recommend the book to every golfer looking to play to their full potential and take the hernia out of the game. For those luckier still, I recommend a lesson with Dr. Parent. If you are struggling with your game, either take up tennis or get this book.

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  • David M says:
    38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    get your mind out of the way of your golf game, June 3, 2002
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    David M (Rhode Island) –

    This review is from: Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game (Hardcover)
    The one time I had a perfect (for me) round of golf I noticed that the game seemed extremely simple. The rest of the time, I wonder how it can be so complicated to try and reproduce that simplicity. Zen golf gets to the root of this and offers a path there, and the opportunity to have that round at any time.
    Joseph Parent’s advice applies to all levels of golfers and is a guide to consistent and reproduceable results. It is one of those rare books on golf that doesn’t fill your head with things to consider while you play, it does the opposite by showing you how to clear your head and in doing so clear away the obstacles that prevent us and our bodies from naturally performing the way we are capable of. I expect that the short time it took me to read this book will have a long-lasting effect on the way I will play golf from now on, and I am in the process of reading it for a second time.

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