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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

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.

Reviews

"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 PGA Champion

"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

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