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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 more than 30 years. A distinguished PGA TOUR Instructor, he has worked with major champions and many other top professionals. He has the singular distinction of coaching both a man (Vijay Singh) and a woman (Cristie Kerr) to the #1 World Ranking.

Golf Digest named Dr. Joe to each of their lists 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.

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. There are over a half-million copies in print world-wide in ten 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 PUTTINGMastering 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, was updated in the 2013 release from Gotham Books - How To Make Every Putt: The Secret to Winning Golf's Game within the Game.

His instructional articles, rich with tips from his lessons, appear in many major golf magazines around the world, including GOLF VACATION + LIFESTYLE in China, POPGOLF in Mexico and GOLF TODAY in Japan.

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 in all aspects of life; 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. His unique NINJA System, which stands for Necessary Intention & Non-Judgmental Awarenes, is a singularly effective rehabilitation program-- the combination of necessary intention and non-judgmental awareness works to change a wide range of habits that affect both business and personal behaviors.

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,” and HOW TO MAKE EVERY PUTT  was read by Malcolm McDowell on "Franklin & Bash." Dr. Joe has coached Ray, Malcolm, Michael Bolton, Kevin James, Anthony Anderson, George Lopez, Bernie Mac, Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan in Caddyshack), Richard Schiff, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, world champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and many other elite athletes and 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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