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Zen Golf Quote of the Week
April 2007

  • ZEN PUTTING Now Available!
  • Dr. Joe's Media appearances for April
  • Exclusive excerpt from ZEN PUTTING
  • Golf Academy/Coaches Gathering in May

    Dear Golfer,
    It's Master's week, and what could be a more appropriate time for the release of Dr. Joe's long awaited Zen Putting: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens?

    Officially available April 5 at fine bookstores everywhere, as well as through Amazon.com (click here for online ordering) and other on-line booksellers. Get your copy today!

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Media Events in April

Doc will be joining Peter Kessler on his "Making the Turn" XM Satellite Radio show on Tuesday, April 10 at 8:20am Eastern Time.

He'll be interviewed on Dennis Silvers' award-winning 19th Hole on ESPN radio from Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 11 at 3:10 Pacific Time.

Doc and Zen Putting will be on the Golf Channel on April 16, hosted by Dave Marr in the Champions Tour Learning Center, 7:30 and 10:30pm Pacific Time.

The week of April 23-27 he's coaching at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic. If you're interested in having Dr. Joe for a talk to a corporate group or members at your club, he'll be available in the evening each day that week.

Dr. Joe will be signing books in the Dallas Airport PGA TOUR Shop on Friday afternoon April 27th.

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An excerpt from ZEN PUTTING: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens.

Perpendicular Putts

Most people know to "go to school" when one of their fellow competitors is putting before them from the same direction as their putt. They watch to get more information on how their own putt might break. However, few people realize that they can also learn from observing a putt on a path that is perpendicular to their own. How those putts react to the green around the hole provides valuable knowledge about what will happen near the end of your putt.

Watch the perpendicular putt as it nears the hole. If it breaks toward your ball, you know that your putt is uphill as it approaches the hole. If the putt breaks away from your ball, your putt will be going downhill at the hole.

If the perpendicular putt slows as it approaches the hole, the end of your putt will break in the direction that putt came from. If the perpendicular putt keeps its pace as it goes by the hole, then as your putt nears the hole, it will break in the direction that putt was heading.

Perpendicular putts can give you the little bit of extra information that could mean holing a putt you would otherwise have missed, which makes them well worth watching.

As a drill, work your way around in a circle, rolling ten-foot putts at three-foot intervals. Notice how the break changes subtly from putt to putt. Before long you'll be able to go to school on any putt from any direction.

© 2007 Dr. Joseph Parent

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Golf Academy Program May 19-20, 2007

The Ojai Valley Inn Golf Academy Program combines Zen Golf mental game lessons with Director of Instruction Jeff Johnson's video analysis and swing technique lessons. The program is a unique combination of a mental game seminar with Dr. Joe each morning, followed by video and practice area lessons with Jeff before lunch. After lunch Dr. Joe and Jeff work together on swing and mental images. Putting and short game work are also covered. Afternoons will feature on-the-course playing lessons with both instructors.

To register, please call the Ojai Valley Inn at 805-646-1111 and ask for Jeff Johnson in the Pro Shop. For more information, call the Zen Golf office at (805)640-1046 or email info@zengolf.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Program includes two nights lodging at the deluxe Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort, instructional materials, a Zen Golf Audiobook, video swing analysis, lunches, green fees and cart.

Program Schedule: 8:30am - 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday

$795 per person (commuter rate = no lodging)

$1195 per person (single occupancy)*

$1995 per couple (or double occupancy)*

*(Please note: this is a 50% discount from standard room rates)

 

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Coaches Gathering May 21-22, 2007

We will be conducting our next Coaches Gathering on May 21st and 22nd at the Ojai Valley Inn. These innovative conferences feature a meeting of the minds of mental game coaches and traditional golf swing instructors integrating aspects of traditional golf instruction methods with mental game approaches. Our last gathering featured an international group that included Tom Barber, renowned PGA instructor and head golf professional at Griffith Park Golf Courses in Los Angeles, teaching pros from the Los Angeles Country Club, sports psychologists Mark Henry and Donn Peters, as well as the international contingent of Dr. Tack Jung Rhi (psychiatrist from Korea) and Geert Vroege (life coach from the Netherlands). For more information, call the Zen Golf office at (805)640-1046 or email info@zengolf.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Yours in Clarity, Commitment, and Composure,
Dr. Joe and Ken Zeiger, Program Director
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