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Zen Golf Quote of the Week
May 2010

PGA Tour Notes/The Masters/The Young Guns

The Email Bag 

Zen Golf Deck

Tour Stats to Know

Zen Golf Membership and Teleforum

Events and Media

 
 
 

PGA Tour Notes 

The 2010 Masters
  
Once again the best golfers in the world arrived in Augusta on the first weekend of April. Amid an unprecedented amount of hype, the 2010 Masters produced fireworks all week long, Phil and Tiger provided the main narrative once again, we had more stellar play by "visitors" from the Champions Tour at a Major, and the curse of the Par 3 tournament lives on.
 
Choosing the Masters as the place of his return was not surprising, (although many may have expected his return to golf "some day" to have taken a little longer), and Tiger Woods was almost good enough to claim Major Championship 15. He smiled more than he has in years, and that was a welcome sight, but some on-air "exclamations" and a somewhat testy post-tournament interview left many wondering just how much the Tiger had actually changed his stripes. His 4 eagles led all players, but hitting just about 2/3 of greens in regulation did not help the cause.
 
Phil took advantage of the course he was built for, hitting less than 61% of the beautiful Augusta fairways, but 75% of those greens in regulation. In cruising to a solid three-shot victory over Lee Westwood, Phil broke out of the logjam at 3 career major victories with Ernie, Vijay and Padraig, and into the company of such 4 time major victors as Raymond Floyd, Bobby Locke and the Morrises, Tom, Jr. and Sr.  Phil's extremely popular win was punctuated by his usual flair for the dramatic, most notably his 6-iron Sunday on the 13th hole, (from the pine straw between the pine trees), which got him to -14. He added two more birdies over the closing 5 holes, but that was the birdie that sealed the championship.
 
Tom Watson was making birdies all week, with an impressive 5 birdie no bogey first round, but just made too many bogeys the final three rounds to contend. Fred Couples and his sneakers were on the scene from the first hole, finishing alone in sixth place. He was atop the leaderboard after a brilliant 66 on Thursday, but due to an unfortunate 75 in the second round was never quite able to recover fully to the top of the board.
 
Louis Oosthuizen, attempting to buck tradition, as all Par 3 tournament winners must, faced perhaps the largest challenge of anyone. He continued his good play on Thursday by starting his tournament proper by birdieing 2 of his first 3 holes, but 15 bogeys on his next 33 holes left vacant, once again, the title "Par-3 AND Master's Champion" for at least one more year...
 
The Young Guns
 
Three weeks after the Masters, the seniors had returned to the Champions Tour, Tiger had a very, very rare weekend off after missing a cut, and the kids were bringing it. Playing with Anthony Kim on Sunday, Rory McIlroy shot a course-record 62 to wrap up his first PGA Tournament at the Quail Hollow Championship at the ripe-old age of "almost 21." After a timely eagle on his 16th hole on Friday, (making the cut on the number), McIlroy made 17 birdies and an eagle on the weekend to cruise past, among others, Major Champions Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk and fellow countryman Padraig Harrington.
 
Thousands of miles away, in Goto, Japan, Ryo "even younger than Rory" Ishikawa was busy putting the finishing touches on a final round 58 (aka Fifty Eight! or LVIII) to win his first tournament of the year on the Japan Tour. A seven-time winner on the Japan Tour, Ishikawa won his first professional event at the nearly absurd age of 15, and is the leading money winner on the Tour this year.

Matteo Manassero, low amateur at both last year's British Open Championship and this year's Masters made his professional debut at the BMW Italian Open at age 17. Two solid opening rounds had him in contention, but he failed to sustain the play and finished tied for 29th.

The future of professional golf is looking bright, with many low numbers to come.
   

In Memorium

The Zen Golf team would like to offer it's heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of LPGA player Erica Blasberg. The life of a professional golfer is not an easy one, and to hear of the unfortunate passing of such a kind, spirited young woman at such a young age is truly devastating.


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The Email Bag

 
Dear Doc.,  I read your book (Zen Golf) three months before I became a professional and was one of the main reasons  for my success. It gave me a new perspective not only on the game of golf game but on life as well. Thanks again for writing an amazing book. 
 
CT, Toronto
 
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Tour Stats to Know

The PGA Tour keeps an impressive number of stats for play on the Tour. In fact, on their website, one can find approximately 500 statistics ranging from "putting from 3 feet" (the top 26 players are 100%, so far...) to percentage of drives that travel 320+ yards (where Dustin Johnson averages 25% and Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson average better than 20%)

Tour pros know how often they make birdie or better from 150-175 yards, what their back nine par 5 scoring average is, and their average putting distance when 2 putting a green they've hit in regulation.

While we don't have access to the wealth of information that the PGA Tour collects, we can pay attention to the things that happen during our rounds, make notes, and work on reinforcing our strengths and improving the areas in which we don't do quite as well. Dr. Parent's Symptoms, Causes and Remedies strategy in the "Know Your Tendencies" chapter in ZEN PUTTING presents a very workable way of responding to results that we would like to improve. Click here to listen to the chapter.
 
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Zen Golf Membership and Teleforum

Our Zen Golf Membership Program will be changing slightly this month. Our membership program has changed to include a FREE PHONE SESSION with one pre-paid year or a full year of accrued monthly membership payments. We encourage those of you who are interested but haven't taken the plunge to visit the Zen Golf website 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, you will qualify for all lesson and coaching discounts, and will immediately qualify for a FREE PHONE SESSION. Please go to the Membership Page of the website for details.
 
Next Teleforum May 25 - Know Your Tendencies
 
Our last Member's Teleforum has been posted for members on our website, and the next is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26th at 5:30 p.m. Pacific, 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

This month, Dr. Joe will be discussing his "symptoms, causes and remedies" strategies from ZEN PUTTING (see above) for improving your game. If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else you are working on that you'd like to have Dr. Joe's help with, please subscribe as a member and join us on the call!

Other topics we currently have scheduled for the summer-fall Member's Teleforums include - Avoiding the Anyways, Recent Lessons with the Pros, Pre-shot/Post-shot Routines, and Changing Habits.

  
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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. Members can now access the audiobook version on the website, along with ZEN GOLF and ZEN PUTTING, at the Members Audio page.
 
Appearances
 
The "Low Score School" program with Glenn Deck at the Pelican Hill Resort, is scheduled for Sunday, 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. His next appearance is scheduled for May 24 (after the Byron Nelson) at 8:25 a.m. Pacific, 11:25 a.m. Eastern. The program airs Monday-Friday on XM146 and Sirius209 and can also be conveniently accessed from the homepage of the PGA Tour website.
 
Dr. Joe at Your Club
 
You can invite Dr. Joe to speak at your club, and offer a Zen Putting clinic as well as group lessons and on-course instruction.
 
For more information, please call the Zen Golf office at (805)640-1046 or email info@zengolf.com. 
 
 
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Yours in Clarity, Commitment, and Composure, 
Ken Zeiger 
Program Director, 
Zen Golf International 
 
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