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March 2010


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Pros Playing Par Fives 

One of the great players of his generation, Sir Nick Faldo, has taken a spot in the CBS broadcast booth, and more than any other announcer we have heard, stresses the importance of the mental game - a solid routine being one of his favorites, week in and week out. 

At the AT&T Open at Pebble Beach, PGA Tour viewers were treated to the sight of two players making 9's on the 68th hole of the tournament. The drama played perfectly into the narrative of Sir Nick, as he watched then tournament leader Paul Goydos discussing the difficulty of the hole with his fellow competitor Dustin Johnson in the fairway, while they watched Bryce Molder card a 9 in the group ahead. Amazed that two competitors were talking course strategy with each other during a round, Faldo mused on the impossibility of such a thing occurring during a round with him. "Not on the 14th hole, not on the 15th hole... not on the 1st hole!"

No more than 10 minutes later, as Goydos watched his one stroke lead turn into a three stroke deficit while taking a nine as well on the hole, said Nick: "When you start talking about making a mess of it, what do you visualize? Well, you visualize making a mess, to (be able to) talk about it... This is a good example of stay out there on your own, put your blinkers on, plot your way up the hole and do your own thing."

For professional golfers, there's almost nothing more discouraging than failing to walk away from most par 5 holes with par or better, although there is the rare occasion when a par 5 is a truly difficult hole, and par is a good score and bogey, perhaps not as bad as usual. That being said, to shoot anything higher than a 6 is often a round breaker, and when it happens on a Sunday, it will be a tournament breaker. 

Newcomer Rickie Fowler kicked up some newsprint at the Waste Management Phoenix Open when electing to not go for the green on the par-5 15th hole, and after settling for par and not managing another birdie coming in, found himself one-stroke short of a playoff with Hunter Mahan. Many in the golf media have decried his lack of aggressiveness for choosing to lay-back to a spot where he could get his wedge on a ball in the fairway, and trust his short game to make the birdie, (especially when both of his playing partners went for the green from further out and two putted for birdies). However, for a real gauge of Rickie's courage with a golf club, one needed only watch his second shot on the short par 4 17th, where the commentators brought out all the old warhorses, "he's got nothing from there," and "he's dead left, right, short or long." etc.  Fowler displayed best right there why he did lay up on 15, as his fearless wedge hunted the pin, rolled by, and settled just off the green. He didn't make that putt, or the one he left himself on 18, but the brilliance and prudence he showed in just his 7th professional Sunday is something we may be enjoying for a couple decades

Ernie Els won for the first time in two years at the WGC-CA Championship, pulling away on Sunday to a 4 stroke victory over fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. Ernie's 12 birdie/4 par performance on the par 5 holes was his exact margin of victory over Schwartzel, who shot -8 on the the same par 5's. For the season, Ernie is now averaging 4.35 on par 5's, and is one of 4 players with a 60% or better birdie average on the "three shot holes."


The Email Bag

Dear Doc.,  The work you and I did has really soaked in, most notably my alignment, expanded peripheral vision seeing the target, which quiets my mind from swing thoughts, and the separation between path and pace in putting.  I haven't had this many rounds with under 30 putts in my life!  My last ten rounds have included 72, 69, and career low 66 (-6).  What an amazing feeling to find the zone/zen and be free to let it happen. 

I look forward to our next chance to get together!

Take care,


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Dr. Joe has been named the “Official Mental Game Coach” of the first annual Mojo 6 LPGA invitational in Montego Bay, Jamaica this April 12-16, 2010 and featuring the new Raceway Golf format.  Dr. Joe will be coaching Cristie Kerr who will be facing the top LPGA players in the world as they compete for a $1 million purse on the beautiful Cinnamon Hill Golf Course at Rose Hall on the Jamaican coast.  Dr.  Joe will also be providing on-course coaching and tips, putting clinics and individual consultations to amateur players as they compete in the Pro-Am hosted on the days prior to the tournament.    If you are interested in visiting beautiful Jamaica, playing and socializing with the top professional female golfers in the world AND receiving amazing coaching, clinics and consultations from Dr. Joe, please go to www.themojo6.com/pro-am-information.html  for registration details.    He looks forward to seeing everyone there.  It’s going to be an amazing experience!


The Quotable Dr. Joe

Dr. Joe has been a popular quote in the golf and general sports world this past month:

Jaime Diaz weaves Dr. Joe's insights on Buddhism and golf with Notah Begay's intimate knowledge of good friend Tiger Woods in a short but revealing opinion piece in Golf World.

The inimitable Lorne Rubenstein tapped Dr. Joe for analysis of the burden of playing for one's country, as his native Canada tries to bring home the gold in this years Winter Olympics.

Finally, Farrell Evans spoke with Dr. Joe about how some of the basic tenets of Buddhism can help Tiger Woods return to a healthy path in a "Questions for..." piece at Golf.com.


Zen Golf Teleforum

Our Zen Golf Teleforum has been very lively lately, with Dr. Parent answering Members' question about swing keys, some ideas for future projects, why we swing freely on unfamiliar courses and getting the most out of your rangefinder, just to name a few topics. We encourage those of you who are interested but haven't taken the plunge to visit zengolf.com and sign up for our introductory trial membership. In addition to participating in the next three telefora, and access to the complete archive of all previous ones, you can view and listen to our other multimedia resources on the website, and are entitled to discounts on products. By expanding to the full annual membership, of course, you will qualify for all lesson and consultation discounts, as well.

Next Teleforum Date

Our last Member's Teleforum has been posted for members on our website, and the next is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. Pacific, 8:30 p.m. Eastern. 


Events & Media

GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game

Dr. Joe's audiobook version of GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game is now available, along with Zen Golf and Zen Putting, on Audible.com and iTunes. Click here to purchase. 


There are still a few spots left in the Zen Golf Academy program with the Ojai Valley Inn's director of instruction, Jeff Johnson, scheduled for March 27 and 28. Click here for information about the Golf Academy program at the Ojai Valley Inn.  More programs are coming this spring with Glenn Deck at the Pelican Hill Resort, on May 16 and June 13. Email gdeck@pelicanhill.com or call 949-467-5810 for more information and registration.    

"Making The Turn" with Peter Kessler

Dr. Joe is a regular commentator on Peter Kessler's "Making the Turn," a very popular radio program on the PGA TOUR Network of XM/Sirius. Dr. Joe speaks with Peter every other week, with additional special appearances after majors and "cup" events, tune in for his next appearance on March 29. The program airs monday-friday at 10 a.m. Eastern, and can also be accessed from the homepage of the PGA Tour website.

Dr. Joe at Your Club

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Ken Zeiger 
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