• Zen Golf

  • Mastering the Mental Game
  • By: Dr. Joseph Parent
  • Narrated by: Dr. Joseph Parent
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-12-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mental Game Mastery
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (67 ratings)


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
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" 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jude on 18-06-10

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terry on 13-05-10

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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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 16-05-04

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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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 30-10-04

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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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