by Dr. Joseph Parent (Author)
s a PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Parent combines classic insights from Zen tradition with practical techniques to help golfers improve their mental game and achieve a state of ultimate focus and concentration.
One of the things that struck me about this book is how it simplifies the mental game of golf. Dr. Parent’s teachings make it seem so simple to eliminate the mental distractions that often lead to poor shots and loss of concentration. He provides effective methods for working with thoughts and emotions, and for taking the negatives out of the picture. This approach has been praised by professionals such as Vijay Singh, who said that the book has given him very effective methods for improving his mental game.
The book’s central premise is that golf is a game of confidence and concentration, and achieving clear thought is at the heart of Buddhist teachings. Dr. Parent draws on this natural connection and presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery” called the PAR Approach. This approach focuses on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results, and guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their game.
What I found particularly valuable about this book is that it offers practical advice for every stage of a golfer’s journey. From getting from the practice tee to the first tee, to dealing with fear and enjoying a bad round of golf, Dr. Parent shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. The chapters are clear, concise, and enlightening, making it easy to understand and apply the concepts to your own game.
Overall, I highly recommend “Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game” to any golfer looking to improve their mental game and achieve a state of ultimate focus and concentration. Dr. Parent’s unique blend of Zen philosophy and golf instruction makes this book a must-read for anyone serious about taking their game to the next level.
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