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Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

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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 to the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings.

The lessons in Zen Golf make the mental game seem so simple. Dr. Parent has given me very effective methods for working with thoughts and emotions, and for taking the negatives out of the picture.

VIJAY SINGH, MASTERS AND PGACHAMPION

Soothing and enlightening, Zen Golf exposes us to the storm-tossed waters of the golfer's psyche, but in short order, Dr. Parent has us bobbing easily amidst the waves.

GUY YOCUM, SENIOR WRITER FOR GOLF DIGEST

There's no other book like this one. If you want to know what has gotten in the way of playing better and what you can do about it, look no further.

MIKE RADAR REID, PGA TOUR WINNER

Doc's unique teaching methods helped me to concentrate and to go from the range to the first tee in a way that gets my round off to a much better start.

WILLIE WOOD, PGA TOUR WINNER

Dr. Parent's use of golf as a metaphor for business is full of great insights that have helped our staff grow as people and professionals.

DAVID HAUSDORFF, VICE PRESIDENT, MERRILL LYNCH, PRIVATE CLIENT GROUP

Here is a roadmap to inner confidence, self-awareness and the feel of a purely struck golf shot. This approach to learning and life is a wonderful and powerful expression of the future for golf instruction.

FRED SHOEMAKER, AUTHOR OF EXTRAORDINARY GOLF AND CO-TEACHER OF GOLF IN THE KINGDOM SEMINARS WITH MICHAEL MURPHY

Synopsis:

Applying ancient Buddhist techniques and principles to the game of golf, a PGA tour instructor shows golfers how to master the mental game by clearing their minds, developing concentration by blocking out distractions, and focusing only on the task at hand.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Parent is a widely known coach of PGA Tour golfers and corporate business executives. He has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been a teacher of Buddhist meditation and stress management for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where his company, Mental Game Mastery for Golf, Business, and Life is headquartered.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: A Different Perspective

Empty Your Cup

Four Kinds of Students

Thinking Outside the Box

Par for the Course

Cover the Roads with Leather

How Big is Your Mind?

You Are Not Your Thoughts

Basic Goodness

Unconditional Confidence

Clearing the Interference

A Perfect Swing

Part 2: The PAR Approach Preparation

What is Your Target?

Your Mind’s Eye

The Vividness of the Moment

Where is Your Target?

Don’t Hit It in the Lake

Be Decisive

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

More Curious than Afraid

Natural Commitment

Avoid the Anyway’s

Dive Under the Waves

Cool, Calm and Collected

Listen to Your Intuition

Center of Gravity

Remember to Breathe

Intensify and Release

Cultivating and Strengthening Awareness

Action

How to Get from the Practice Tee to the First Tee

Transitions

Synchronizing Body and Mind

Give It Time to Sink In

Never Keep More than a Hundred Thoughts

in Your Mind During Your Swing

During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson

Give up Control to Get Control

You Produce What You Fear

Hitting the Target 10,000 Times in a Row

In Golf We Trust

Can You Put a Cat in a Box?

To Care or Not to Care

How to Make Every Putt

Putt with Imagination

Don’t Count Your Money

The Slow Motion Walk-Up

Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose

Beware of Trying for a Few Extra Yards

Nothing Special, Nothing Extra

Response to Results

The Post-Shot Routine

Thanks for the Memories

The Angry Guy

How to Make a Flower Blossom

Pebbles in a Bowl

Untie the Sandbags

Fire Your Evil Caddie

Isn’t Where You Have to Play it from Punishment Enough?

Accentuate the Positive

Uplifted Body, Uplifted Mind

You Can’t Stop the Waves, But You Can Learn to Surf

Why Are You Still Carrying Her?

These Things Come and Go

Overcoming Self-Sabotage

Patience Pays

Take Your Medicine

How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf

Who Knows What’s Good and What’s Bad?

Part 3: A Game of Honor

Chi Chi’s Prayer

Shambhala Golf

A Warrior’s Dignity

Gentle, Inquisitive, Fearless

Index of Exercises

References and Recommended Readings

Zen Golf Lessons

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385507158
Subtitle:
Mastering the Mental Game
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Parent, Joseph
Subject:
Golf - Instruction
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Eastern - Zen
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Sports & Recreation-Golf - General
Subject:
Religion-Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Golf - General
Subject:
Religion : Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Golf
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Golf -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Golf
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020514
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
203

Related Subjects

Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » Zen Buddhism
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Golf » General

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"Synopsis" by , Applying ancient Buddhist techniques and principles to the game of golf, a PGA tour instructor shows golfers how to master the mental game by clearing their minds, developing concentration by blocking out distractions, and focusing only on the task at hand.
"Synopsis" by , 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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