Zen Golf Book Review


ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game by Dr. Joseph Parent, contains three main sections.
— Part 1: A Different Perspective
— Part 2: The PAR Approach: Preparation, Action, Response to Results
— Part 3: A Game of Honor.

Each chapter in A Different Perspective starts with either a story, puzzle, riddle, or quote, and then relates them to golf and Buddhism. The PAR Approach includes three sub-sections: P stands for Preparation. It talks about how to gain confidence by practicing the 3 C’s: Clarity, Commitment, and Composure. The chapters include such things as imagery, getting rid of doubt or hesitation, and staying calm and focused. A stands for Action. It discusses having a ideal state of mind, staying in the present, and getting your body and mind synchronized. The goal of this sub-section is to allow you to execute a shot free from interference of mental chatter or paralysis by analysis. R stands for Response to results. It includes post shot routines, ways to recognize and undo negativity and self sabotage, and techniques for changing habits. The goal of this sub-section is to reinforce good shots with positive feelings and self encouragement, have minimal emotional distress around poor shots, maintain a sense of humor, and refrain from beating yourself up. These ways of responding to results will give you the best chance of success. The last section, A Game of Honor, is based on something called Shambala Golf and its values of Virtue, Discipline, Humor, and Friendship. It concludes with a summary of playing golf with a quality of dignity that is gentle, inquisitive, and fearless.


I really enjoyed Zen Golf because of its practical mental tips, its enjoyable stories, and its ability to make you see a different perspective.


    • I felt the book was especially strong in changing your thinking or perspective.
    • I especially enjoyed how the book flowed and was easy to read.
    • I was captivated by the stories and lessons you learned from them.
    • The biggest appeal for me was the practical mental tips you can use on the golf course.


‘A Zen student went for an interview with his master. The student said, “I know this may require a very lengthy and complex answer, but I request guidelines for conducting myself wherever I am, so that my attitude and behavior are always excellent.” 

The master said, “Actually, the answer is quite brief and simple: In every situation, conduct yourself as if your five-year-old child were watching you.” ‘

I want to thank Dr. Joseph Parent for providing a copy of this amazing book. Another great book of his that’s worth checking out  is “The Best Diet Book Ever: The Zen of Losing Weight “.  
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Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Dr. Joseph Parent

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