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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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  • Mat
  • 2019-07-28

A Hippy Guide to Golf

The book was basically a ton of paraphrased teachings of Buddhism that he had just adjusted for golf... probably the best advice I got out of it is just have fun, don't take golf seriously unless your a pro and if you are a pro clear your mind and don't beat yourself up. It's a good mental check up but probably an easy skip If your looking for more then a refresher on mindfullness.

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  • Rob
  • 2019-03-24

A must for every golfer

this hits on one very important aspect of the game the biggest challenge is that we have on the course which is our mind. great information and great drills to work on to help improve the game.

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  • Patrick
  • 2004-05-16

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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  • Jim
  • 2004-10-30

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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  • Andy
  • 2004-02-14

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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  • AndyP
  • 2018-06-29

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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  • Edward McConnell
  • 2018-03-11

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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  • matthew
  • 2018-07-25

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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  • Karla G. Stevens
  • 2007-06-05

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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  • JHDW
  • 2005-12-05

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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  • Robert
  • 2020-10-14

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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  • Pablo
  • 2019-12-20

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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  • richard dwyer
  • 2021-03-21

Surprisingly wonderfully helpful

Very easy narrative with enjoyable anecdotes and Buddhist philosophy to help with our daily strategies and well being either on or off the golf course. Love running early in the morning listening to this, each day I found something new and useful. Great work thanks