About Dr. Parent
Corporate Speaker, Best-selling Author, PGA Tour Instructor
“Dr. Parent has been a great influence on my mental game. ZEN GOLF is the best book at connecting golf and the mind together. It’s for everyone, it really helps, and you’re really going to enjoy it.” — Vijay Singh, World’s #1 Ranked Golfer 2004-2005
Dr. Joe Parent has coached the mental game in business, life and golf for over 30 years. A distinguished PGA TOUR Instructor, he has attracted such clients as major champions Vijay Singh, David Toms, Juli Inkster and Cristie Kerr. He also coaches many top level amateurs and juniors, and is the mental game coach for the men's and women's golf teams at Pepperdine University. About his first book, the bestselling ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, Golf Digest reviewers say, “Here is a book that is highly original and exciting, destined to become a classic. Dr. Parent is a groundbreaking writer.” Click here to see all the (average 5-star) reviews at Amazon.
Now in its fifteenth printing, there are over a quarter-million copies in print world-wide, including foreign editions in seven different languages.
GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game pairs Zen Golf lessons with the timeless drawings of Anthony Ravielli, illustrator of Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. and is published by the incomparable Rizzoli.
ZEN PUTTING: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens, the well-received sequel to ZEN GOLF, incorporating the groundbreaking yet timeless strategies from his Zen Golf philosophy to the all important game-within-the-game, putting, is being updated in the 2013 release from Gotham Books as How To Make Every Putt: The Secret to Winning Golf's Game within the Game.
As a result of his writing and his instruction of PGA TOUR players, Golf Digest named Dr. Joe to their first list of “Top Ten Mental Game Experts” in the world, and made him a featured instructor in their popular instructional section: “Breaking 100-90-80 and 70.” His work was also featured in GOLF Magazine, in an eight page spread entitled "Come On, Get Happy," where Dr. Joe helped two editors shoot their best rounds ever. His instructional articles, rich with tips from his lessons, appear in many major golf magazines around the world.
In the early 1970’s, Dr. Joe encountered the mindful awareness practices of Buddhism that explained self-defeating patterns of behavior and provided profound methods to transform them. After completing his Ph.D. in psychology, he began bringing his insights to golf and business. Since then he has become a renowned and sought-after instructor of the mental game, teaching the path to success to hundreds of professionals and amateurs in golf and other sports, as well as to top executives seeking cutting-edge business insights.
He is a highly regarded keynote speaker at corporate, celebrity and charity events hosted by companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Pimco, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Dreyfus, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Salomon Brothers, Transamerica, Fidelity, AIG, CBRE, the World Presidents Organization, PGA of America, the Tiger Woods Foundation, the First Tee Foundation and many others.
Dr. Joe has been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today in New York, HBO Sports, ESPN, and many appearances on The Golf Channel. The ZEN GOLF book is featured in a widely circulated MasterCard “Priceless” ad, and had its own cameo appearance being read by Ray Romano on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Dr. Joe has coached Ray, Kevin James, Malcolm McDowell, Anthony Anderson, George Lopez, Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan in Caddyshack), Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, world champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and many other celebrity golfers.
Dr. Joe Parent teaches at the Los Angeles Country Club and at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort, Ojai, California.
“When body and mind are synchronized in the present moment, we can uncover our inherent dignity and confidence. The ultimate goal is not just to help people become better golfers, but better human beings, ones who can relate to themselves and others in a genuine, kind, and courageous way.” — Dr. Joe Parent
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