Mastering the Mental Game
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
The perfect gift for any golfer looking to elevate their game.
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.
This book did not turn me into a PGA professional, but I was able to use the principals in the book to learn to relax and enjoy the rounds I play. My scores have improved, but more importantly, I enjoy the game much more. I have really come close to eliminating the fear of "embarrassing" myself before taking a shot. I am able to look at each shot as it will be whatever it will be and accept the fact that I may need to scramble on the next shot. The funny part of that is because I am more relaxed, I really do not experience the catastrophic shots I used to. I still hit bad shots but I am able to learn from them. The book also helped me become more aware of when I tensing up and how to back away and relax before a shot. I am much better about thinking about where I want the shot to go, rather than where I don't want it to go. Lastly, I have applied some of the basic principals to my everyday life as well. This has made it easier to "scramble" when making decisions in my life. It is a good book and I recommend it as a good read.
Countless amount of help to the part of the game I haven't worked hard enough at
Maybe it's all in my head, but this book/audiobook has worked for me in under a week. I'm about a 12 handicap and noticed huge differences in focus with a few different techniques that are talked about throughout the book. I've played 4 rounds since I've listened, and I just implemented little things each time and practiced them over and over.
And a good compliment to this audio is 'Golf: The Art of The Mental Game'. It's pretty much the same book, but broken down into much smaller, easier to digest segments. But, I wouldn't buy that one without listening to this book fully, then use the other as a guide. I will come back to this full length a lot, though.