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"Zen" Series by Joseph Parent

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Zen golf is a great introduction to Zen philosophy, especially for the golfer.  Good mental game book. Zen Golf and Fearless Golf by Gio Valiente (works with Villegas and others) are a must for serious golfers in my opinion.  Rotella seems like a hack to me.  His books seem amateurish.

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Hello Golfers, I LOVE the Zen series. They focus on the mental part of the game with a very simple way to teach them. He used oriental terms like the gurus from India, I love those metaphorical teachings! A must read! Have an amazing Golf Weekend! Jorge Gomez
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The books were a BIG change of pace for me and my game. His teachings are a little repetitive, but it hits home if you actually PRACTICE mindful awareness.

It has helped me calm down during every facet (putting, driving, out of trouble), and it has streamlined my emotions during my day-to-day life.

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Just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed the analogy of signing your name, and then tracing it again.

Great read for anybody looking to cut down the mental chatter. Just gave it to a friend of mine to read.

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I listened to this audiobook on my iPhone a while back and I actually like it. Nothing magic right? but he and Rotella are clever and really have a way of exploiting positive mental angles that really help you relax and think.

Parent and Rotella are both adament about this. A big part of their message is either be positive or blank but not, at all costs, negative. It's something we all struggle with even the pros. Visualizing a positive outcome as opposed to "don't hit it over there" is so important.

Exactly. Visualizing is key to confidence and the more confidence you have, the less you think about technical aspects that get in the way on the links.  Like Fred Couples told Rotella at Augusta.. saying he simply tries to visualize the best shot he ever hit with that particular club he has selected and is about to use...

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I just started to read Zen Golf this past weekend. I was given the book a few years back by my wife and put it on my desk. Like many things, it disappeared for a long time! I was straightening out my golf club area in the basement to put away the clubs and found Zen Golf and two other "mental side" of golf books in a box. I'm planning on reading them all this winter and pick up the one that appeals to me the most for a re-read in the Spring.

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Have not read this book, but have read some others. When I was more into motorcycle riding and maintenance, I read the book : "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance". It is a story of the author and his son and their ride from Minnesota to Northern California. It is full of anecdotal "Chautauquas" about their journey. Very little about actual maintenance, but mostly about clearing the mind, and metaphysical aspects. 

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Started reading Zen Golf this week. After finishing Hogan's secret, this book grabbed me. Any book that gives me a few thoughts to clear my head both before a shot or after a missed shot, is a good thought.

Taking a purposeful breath before approaching setup, taking a purposeful breath and then swinging. I can remember that.

Now I have to remember to also aim. 

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Gave the breathing a shot yesterday. Deep breath as I walked up to the shot. Deep breath before shooting. Tried to make aim at a larger target when putting. Tried to remember to aim every shot, pick a high target. Managed 13 of 18 fairways, 35 putts. Managed a 85 on our par 68. The breath certainly relaxes. Once the shot decision was made, Tried to just think about the breath.

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Easier read, than implemented. Really enjoyed the book, easy book to get through. Definitely have to reread some parts to start involving the ideas into my actual game, if that's at all possible. 

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