Zen Golf: Mastering The Mental Game
ISBN: 0385504462
EAN13: 9780385504461
Language: English
Release Date: May 14, 2002
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.6" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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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   Getting beyond what holds us back
Dr. Parent teaches us how to decrease our anxiety levels from tee to green. When you hit a bad shot, you say, "Interesting," rather than "Throw your clubs." Now I take and deep breathe, before I hit the shot. It's just a game, after all.
The problems are real n d common with golfers of all levels. The examples and anecdotes are relevant and useful to the course, too. I think that Keanu Reeves' play improved a lot, too.
   Not a golfer but.....
It's more than just golf, Mark. This book is a must-have for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about Zen principles and applications. I use it almost every waking moment. It sounds like it would be great for a true golfer that has mastered the basics of the game and needs to work on the mental aspects to make the game more enjoyable, Woods said.
   This book helped me relax and take 3-4 strokes off my game.
After taking a lot of golf lessons, I would spend too much time thinking about the mechanics of my swing, he said. Coach kept telling me to get out of my head and just play the game, he said. After reading this book, I found that I was able to be more in the moment and it helped me to relax more. I believe it helped me take 3 or 4 strokes off my game, too.
   Excellent Golf Training Book
I purchased a second copy as a present for a friend. The person who recommended it to me said I should read it every year. I plan to do the same.
   zen for golf, and for life
The mental aspect of the story is not that great, Mr. Rule told the judge. Thanks to the diligent work of our team, we were able to get the job done. Simply put, it's a matter of time, with examples.
   Free your golf mind...
As a life long golfer in his late fifties I kept thinking that the majority of this novel was simply common sense. But the more I thought about what I will call Zen lessons, the more I thought 'no they're really not,' said Dr. Goin. However, you have to be willing to open your mind to the ideology. You have to completely remove your thinking of things that are beyond your comprehension. There is no doubt it will improve your performance.
   Best Book on the Mental Game of Golf Ever
I have read nearly all of the books on trying to match the physical game of golf with the ears and this one is highest on my list. Joseph Parent reviews nearly all aspects of the game of golf from the standpoint of a player who has played both competitive and non-competitive golf. In many ways, I now seem to enjoy playing more than I have in years and I have played the game since I was nine years old. 0 In many ways, I now seem to enjoy playing more than I have in years and I have played the game since I was nine years old. It's great to be back home, said Dr. Chester Floyd, "but I only wish I had this resource years ago." It is a no brainer if you love the game of golf. The writer, Richard H. Furst, also goes by the pen name "Scribner."
   A Whole New Way of Thinking
It has helped me to focus on the moment and not so much the past or future. It has greatly improved my attitude toward things I found frustrating. But I've learned I can also apply in life. Highly recommend this book to anyone struggling in life, and their golf game.
   A real game changer and maybe even a life changer....
One of the defining and important books of the 20th century. I was so impressed I bought the hardback version, too. There were no blank pages, no one else, Sir Richard said. After reading the first half of the book, I put into practice some of the processes Mr Parent talked about and I have to say I have never enjoyed 18 holes more. I have been playing professionally for about 4 years and am a 12 handicapper. It's a book about golf, not just a book about golf balls.