Zen Golf Quote of the Week
February - March 2008
- Knocking off the Winter Rust
- Dr. Joe at your Club
- Tournament Notes
- On Tour with Dr. Joe
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Knocking Off the Winter Rust
As spring approaches, we begin to think about the golf season ahead. Our mental games tend to need tuning up just as much as, if not more than, our physical games. Many Zen Golfers tell us that they re-read Zen Golf from season to season, but we have one player who takes it a step further:
“As I do every time I have to prepare for a tournament, I’ve pulled down my copy of Zen Golf.” Jimmy A., Austin, Texas
FYI - Dr. Joe has been a regular contributor to Golf Fitness Magazine since it’s inception. (http://www.golffitness-magazine.com/public/home.html) See the March/April issue for more of Doc’s thoughts on knocking off the winter rust.
Dr. Joe at Your Club
If you’d like to see Dr. Joe at your club for a presentation or a private lesson, or if you have a company or association that would like to hear one of his “Zen of Business and Golf” presentations, please contact us at the office, 805-640-1046, for scheduling.
Tournament Notes: The Tiger Express - Buick, Dubai, World Match Play
The Buick Invitational: The number one player in the world was back in action and there was little doubt about the state of his game. Tiger Woods opened up on the field after two days and cruised on to a handy, eight-stroke victory in his first PGA Tour event of 2008.
Torrey Pines has always been kind to Tiger’s game, and his 62nd career victory was more of the same. With the world’s best golfers returning to Torrey for the U.S. Open in June, Tiger seemed to be looking ahead toward how the course might be playing with an Open set up and the harder faster conditions of southern California in the summer.
The Dubai Desert Classic: A week later, half-way around the world, Tiger did something a little unusual, losing a 36 hole lead. He then proceeded to come from 4 strokes back in the final round, finishing birdie, birdie to win his second consecutive tournament of this young season. Final round leader Ernie Els had his share of trouble, capped off by a ballooned fairway metal into the water hazard in front of the eighteenth green.
In an interview after the round, Tiger mentioned that he thought he would need to shoot a 30 on the back side to get into a playoff. The number he shot? Thirty-one. Every once in a while Tiger tends to overestimate what the rest of the field might shoot on a particular day, (understandable, and not a bad idea), but he is rarely very far off. (See our September ’07 issue for more on the great golfers targeting a specific number.)
World Match Play: Tiger’s biggest comeback as a professional happened during his first round match against J.B. Holmes. Three birdies and an eagle in the last five holes makes a convincing case that Tiger can “will” the ball into the hole. Using some of Dave Pelz’ research, the chance of the average tour player holing four putts of the distance Tiger holed in that stretch would be at least 50,000 to 1.
© 2007 Dr. Joseph Parent and Ken Zeiger
On Tour with Dr. Joe
Dr. Joe began working with PGA Tour rookie David Lutterus and LPGA veteran Christina Kim in January. In February Christina got her first top ten of the year at the Fields Open (shooting 8-under par on the 12 par-5’s she played), and David made his first cut on the PGA Tour at the Mayakoba Classic. Tim Petrovic, one of Doc’s Tour regulars, notched a T-7 at Mayakoba.
Golf Shop Specials
Please visit the Golf Shop at zengolf.com for our continuing specials on hardcover books, golf hats, CD audiobooks, audio downloads, and DVD's. What better use of your long winter nights than to pick up Zen Putting or Zen Golf to ready yourself for the golf season to come?
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Yours in Clarity, Commitment, and Composure,
Zen Golf International