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August 2010


Open Championship

PGA Championship

The Email Bag

Zen Golf Deck

Tour Stats to Know

Zen Golf Membership and Teleforum

Events and Media


PGA Tour Notes 

The Open Championship

Dr. Joe travelled to the Open Championship with PGA player and US medalist qualifier Tim Petrovic. The tee time draw proved challenging for many players, including Tim, as the weather can (and did) change radically over the course of the long daylight hours. With the morning players enjoying a 3-4 stroke advantage on Thursday, Rory McIllroy took advantage of his morning slot to run out to a nice 2 stroke lead over unheralded Louis Oosthuizen. The draw got the better of the 21 year-old Irishman, however, and he limped in with an 80 on Friday. Oosthuizen meanwhile, made the most of his 6:41 tee time on Friday backing up his 1st round 65 with a 67 that gave him a pretty cushy 5 stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia going into the weekend. The Friday round actually saw a somewhat controversial 66 minute wind delay in the early afternoon, as players were having difficulty getting their balls to sit still on the greens.

The weekend did not produce another Watson-like challenge from the 50 year-old Calc, and Oosthuizen built on the 4 stroke lead he took into Sunday with an eagle on the ninth hole, and when his nearest competitor, Paul Casey, triple bogeyed the 12th while Oosthuizen was making birdie for a 4 shot swing, pretty much all there was left for Louis was a long walk back to the clubhouse punctuated by some golf shots. It was not lost on us that the last 3 letters of his name are ZEN. 

After the tournament, Oosthuizen stressed that he used a mental game technique that he recently learned to maintain his focus over the course of the final round. Louis praised his fellow countryman Ernie Els, and his foundation, for helping him achieve his goals in golf.  Ernie, a long time acquaintance of Dr. Joe, recently mentioned that he reads Zen Golf often, and that "all the answers are in there." 

The PGA Championship

The final major of the year saw another young player sleeping on a lead, and another rough Sunday for an awful lot of professional golfers. The final round scoring average was almost 74, and only 14 of the 71 players managed to break par. As the leaderboard changed through the day, we had what has become de rigeur for a PGA major - the handful of young guns bombing and gouging their way around a brutal golf course, and a fearless past-major winner from another century hanging around. While Rory, Bubba, Martin, and Camilo were slashing and burning, venerable Steve Elkington was fashioning an impressive round that had him even with the leaders at the 17th tee. A pair of bogeys put him out of contention leaving the stage for Dustin Johnson's seemingly inevitable redemption less than 2 months from his unfortunate final round in the US Open. 

Playing with leader Nick Watney, who was suffering through his own tortured 1st time sleeping on a major lead experience - DJ stood at the 18th tee with a one-stroke lead. Fanning his tee shot right, Johnson inadvertently grounded his club before hitting his second shot from one of the thousand or so bunkers at Whistling Straits, and just like that, his second major trophy of the year was gone.

The relatively interesting 3 hole playoff saw three lead changes, but a somewhat anticlimactic 75th hole that saw Bubba plunk one in the water hazard from a tough lie, sealing the deal for the ultra steady Martin Kaymer. It's clear that with some seasoning, these youngsters should provide us with many interesting major finishes for the foreseeable future.


The Email Bag

Dear Dr. Joe,
I incorporated your approach into my putting and played with a friend.  I was rolling in 14, 12, 10 footers all over the green and it was FANTASTIC!  He even commented that if I made one more lengthy putt, he was going to break my putter!  Now that is a compliment!  I also went on to win $25 and came back the last two holes being 1 down to win, rolling in a 7 footer on 18 for birdie and win the match. 

Oh, I forgot to mention, I shot my BEST round from the Blues!
I do believe your book will make a difference in my approach to golf and more importantly, life.  
J B,
New Jersey

Now Available! ZEN GOLF Deck 

The ZEN GOLF Deck is the great new format for golf’s most popular mental game book, ZEN GOLF. Golfers of all skill levels can elevate their game through the simple yet powerful methods of Preparation, Action, and Response to results that form the cornerstone of Dr. Joe’s teaching. This deck condenses his key principles and easy-to-apply exercises that will transform your approach to golf (and to life as well) onto 50 handy cards designed to travel with you on and off the course. Having the ZEN GOLF Deck in your bag will give you more consistency, less frustration, and lower scores!

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Tour Stats to Know


There have been two players ranked number one in the Official World Golf Rankings in the 21st century, and five ranked number one in the official Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. Dr. Joe was working with Vijay Singh in 2004, the year that he became the only player in this century to supplant Tiger Woods from the top spot, and currently works with Cristie Kerr, the first American to achieve the ranking.

Cristie has been working intensively with Dr. Joe for the last two years, and credits her current stellar level of play in great part to her improved mental game.  In interviews after her devastating 12 shot victory the LPGA Championship, she cited Zen Golf principles as being integral to her reaching her potential by providing keys to remaining focused on her routines and staying in control of all aspects of her game, especially under major tournament pressure.  Her finishes this year in the majors are a testament to this improved mental strength, with a win and 2 top five finishes.

Cristie gave Dr. Joe credit for helping her focus and self-control, leading her to "unlock something within her that says anything is possible," and helping her take her game to the highest level. Read about it here in John Paul Newport's column in the Wall Street Journal. 

It's clear that even with all the physical skills in the world, there is a final component to getting the most out of one's golf game - Mastering the Mental Game! (But you already knew that...)

Zen Golf Membership and Teleforum

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 theMembership Page of the website for details.
Next Teleforum September 23 - 
Our last Member's Teleforum has been posted for members on our website, and the next is scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m. Pacific, 8:30 p.m. Eastern. 


Events & Media

Keynote Speaking and Business Golf Opportunities
Dr. Parent is now being represented by David Moorman and Drew Carr at Fidelity Sports Group for his keynote speaking, corporate outings and other business golf opportunities. To book Dr. Joe for a speech, corporate event or client golf appreciation program, please get in touch with Fidelity at 407. 420. 1500 or email to drew@fidelitysportsgroup.com.

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.
"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 appearances in September will be at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Pacific, on the 8th to discuss the US Ryder Cup selections and the 27th after the Tour Championship. The program airs Monday-Friday on XM146 and Sirius209 and can also be conveniently accessed from the homepage of the PGA Tour website.
Check out one of our new favorite training devices - the Orange Whip. The included DVD will also show you how to use this great tempo trainer as a warm-up aid before your practice session or round of golf.
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To schedule phone consultations, lessons or for more information on any Zen Golf programs, please call the Zen Golf International 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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