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Speaker Profile: Dr. Joseph Parent
Location of Speaker: Ojai, CA
Fees: $7,500 - $15,000

  • Keynote
  • After Dinner
  • Entertainer
  • Seminar Leader
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Outing Leader
  • Facilitator-Retreat
  • Golf - The Mental Game
  • Zen of Golf and Life
  • Commitment
  • Changing Habits
  • Performance Improvement
  • Stress Management
Speech Titles

  • At the Top of Your Game: How to Get There and Stay There
  • The Zen of Business and Golf
  • Bounce Back - Turning the Tables on Difficult Times
  • The Zen Golf Experience: Clearing Your Mind and Freeing Your Swing
  • Zen Putting: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens
  • The PAR Approach: The Keys to Optimum Performance in Preparation, Action, and Results

Author of ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, published by Doubleday, May 2002 - Approved Excerpts Available Upon Request

Client Comments:

"The time with Dr. Parent was uplifting and inspiring. His communication of awareness and insight truly moved me. I'm amazed at how much of my life it has impacted."

Western US Director,
Bank of America Capital Management

"What Dr. Parent presents goes far beyond golf. It goes right to the heart of how we want our advisors to be for our clients. I use it in all my training sessions."

Regional Director,
Merrill Lynch

“Your seminar at the Women, Business and Golf Conference was extremely valuable. It made the whole event really special. Thanks again – you were great!”

Aliant Telecom-Broadband

“Thank you for a fantastic presentation. Everyone had a fabulous time, and really learned a lot. It’s rare to achieve that combination, and you did it!”

Board Member,
World Presidents Organization

“Sincere appreciation for your time and energy in presenting to our PGA members. Your obvious knowledge combined with a professional presentation made for a very educational day…You were able to offer some guiding principles which really struck home.”

Education Chairman,
Arizona Chapter,
Professional Golfers Association


Bank of America
Tiger Woods Foundation
Merrill Lynch
PGA of America
Fidelity Investments
Women, Business, and Golf Conference
World Presidents Organization
Credite Suisse
UBS Paine Webber
Alliant Telecom

Media Comments on Joseph Parent, PhD:

ZEN of GOLF: Mastering sport’s mental game is half the challenge

Augusta Chronicle, April 8, 2003

The Course Awaits: Fears: The Full Monty,
Newsday, June 11, 2002

“Soothing and enlightening, entertaining and provocative, … highly original and exciting, and deserves notice.”
Guy Yocom, Senior Writer, Golf Digest, July 2002

Mind over Putter: Dr. Joseph Parent Teaches Mindful Methods to Better Golf in His Book Zen Golf,

The Independent, April 25, 2002

ZEN of GOLF: Mastering sport’s mental game is half the challenge

Augusta Chronicle, April 8, 2003

Dr. Joseph Parent,Author of ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, published by Doubleday, May 2002


Players and Coaches on the PGA TOUR reading Zen Golf include:

Major championship winners: Vijay Singh, David Toms, Rich Beem, Nick Price, Bob Tway, and Corey Pavin

Tour event winners: Charles Howell III (2001 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year), Scott Verplank, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Pernice, Jr., Willie Wood, Tommy Armour III, Mike Standly, Mike Reid, Kirk Triplett, Steve Lowery, and Larry Rinker.

Other tour players: Brian Gay, Robin Freeman, J.J. Henry, Todd Barranger, Esteban Toledo, John Riegger.

Top-ranked coaches David Leadbetter, Jim Flick, Eddie Merrins, Bill Moretti, Charles Sorrell, Fred Shoemaker, Mike Hebron, Mike Hunt, and many others.

TV Commentators CBS’ Gary McCord (also a Champions Tour winner) & Peter Kostis (also a top-ranked coach); ABC’s Mike Tirico & Billy Ray Brown (also a Tour winner); Golf Digest’s Guy Yocom

A Sample of Comments on Zen Golf:

Vijay Singh – “I’ve read just about every book there is on the mind and golf, and Zen Golf is the best. It’s really helped me a lot. Dr. Parent’s coaching helps calm me down before a tournament and clear away the negative thoughts. It’s for everybody, and I think you’re going to really enjoy it. I keep a copy in my golf bag so I have it with me wherever I go.” (Also see comments on the book jacket)

Charles Howell III – “Zen Golf is a really great book. The stories and images make the points easy to remember and call up when you need them. Easy to read, simple and clear lessons that can be applied to your game right away. Started reading it just before the US Open and used it in the tournament to help me clear away unwanted thoughts. Zen Golf gives you a new and better approach to working with thoughts than the ones I’ve heard in sports psychology.”

Barbara Nicklaus told Dr. Parent at the Masters Tournament that she thought the book was fabulous, that he did a terrific job, and that she has bought lots of copies to give to friends and continues to do so.

From the office of Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR: “Mr. Finchem loved the book. He went out and bought many copies to give as gifts at a Member-Guest tournament that he was hosting.”

Gary McCord – “Great book! So many key points for getting your head on straight. Love this stuff.”

David Leadbetter – “Really like what you present in Zen Golf. Am enjoying it immensely, and will include it in the books we offer at our golf academies.”

Guy Yocom, Senior Writer for Golf Digest – “Zen Golf soothes and enlightens, entertains and provokes. Dr. Parent exposes us to the storm-tossed waters of the golfer's psyche, and what a terrifying place it can be. But in short order he has us bobbing easily amidst the waves, transcending the tempest raging round us. Very original and exciting, Zen Golf is great fun and a painfree way to heighten your enjoyment and performance.”

Fred Shoemaker – “In Zen Golf, Dr. Parent has beautifully combined the timeless wisdom of his experience of Buddhism with his timely insights as a hands-on golf coach. He offers a roadmap for golfers seeking inner confidence, self-knowledge, and the feel of a well-struck golf shot. We are approaching a turning point in the way golf or any sport is learned. Zen Golf’s approach to learning and life represents a wonderful—and perhaps our strongest—hope for the future.”

Mike Reid – “There’s no other book like this one. If you want to know what has gotten in the way of playing better and what you can do about it, look no further. I’ve read a lot about the mental game, but always wondered, “How do I take it to the course?” Zen Golf has answered that. I believe that this is the future of golf instruction, and the source of any further progress that can be achieved in the way we play the game.”

Willie Wood – “Doc’s coaching and the techniques you’ll read about in Zen Golf definitely improved my game: it helped me to increase concentration, to focus on my game with less interference, and to get my rounds off to much better starts.”

Tommy Armour III – “So much of Zen Golf spoke to me that I called Dr. Parent to help me get more out of the talent I have. Soon after I shot 63 in the first round and played my best tournament of the year.

Mike Standly – “Doc teaches simple and straightforward lessons that make a lot of sense and have great value for golfers at every level. Doc’s coaching and his book have helped me improve my game, and it will most definitely help you improve yours.”

J.J. Henry – “Zen Golf really hit home for me. I read it on the plane and put it to use in the tournament when I arrived. Reading it fires me up and makes me want to go out and play great golf!”

John Riegger – “In just a few sessions with Doc, he had me putting with confidence and focusing on every shot. I shot a course record 63 and got my first top-ten finish in four years on the PGA Tour.”

Todd Barranger – “What a great book. I’ve read it four times already. I want to make it my new approach to the game and to life, and am sure it’s the best way to get to the next level.”


Dr. Joe Parent's Biography:

Dr. Joe Parent has coached the mental game in business, life and golf for over thirty years. A distinguished PGA TOUR Instructor, he has attracted such clients as major champions Vijay Singh, David Toms, and Cristie Kerr. About his first book, the bestselling ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, Golf Digest reviewers say, “Here is a book that is highly original and exciting, destined to become a classic. Dr. Parent is a groundbreaking writer.”

Now in its twelfth printing, there are over 250,000 copies in print world-wide, including foreign editions in seven different languages. ZEN PUTTING: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens is the recently published sequel, incorporating the groundbreaking yet timeless strategies from his Zen Golf philosophy to the all important game-within-the-game, putting.

His newest project pairs Zen Golf lessons with the timeless drawings of Anthony Ravielli, illustrator of Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. As a result of his writing and his instruction of PGA TOUR players, Golf Digest named Dr. Joe to their first list of “Top Ten Mental Game Experts” in the world, and made him a featured instructor in their popular instructional section: “Breaking 100-90-80 and 70.” His work was also featured in GOLF Magazine, in an eight page spread entitled "Come On, Get Happy." His instructional articles, rich with tips from his lessons, appear in many major golf magazines.

In the early 1970’s, Dr. Joe encountered the mindful awareness practices of Buddhism that explained self-defeating patterns of behavior and provided profound methods to transform them. After completing his Ph.D. in psychology, he began bringing his insights to golf and business. Since then he has become a renowned and sought-after instructor of the mental game, teaching the path to success to hundreds of professionals and amateurs in golf and other sports, as well as to top executives seeking cutting-edge business insights.

Dr. Joe has been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today in New York, HBO Sports, ESPN, and many appearances on the Golf Channel. The ZEN GOLF book is featured in a widely circulated MasterCard “Priceless” ad, and had its own cameo appearance being read by Ray Romano on Everybody Loves Raymond. Dr. Joe has coached Ray, Kevin James, Malcolm McDowell, Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan in Caddyshack), Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, world champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and many other celebrity golfers.

Dr. Joe Parent teaches at the Los Angeles Country Club and at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort, a Five Diamond resort in Ojai, California.

“When body and mind are synchronized in the present moment, we can uncover our inherent dignity and confidence. The ultimate goal is not just to help people become better golfers, but better human beings, ones who can relate to themselves and others in a genuine, kind, and courageous way.” — Dr. Joe Parent