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Teleforum Sample

Wanted to make this teleforum available so people can get a little idea of one of the great benefits of the Listen, Watch & Learn program. Dr. Joe spoke about the various components of "The Mental Game," swing keys, some ideas for future projects, why we swing freely on unfamiliar courses, and getting the most out of your rangefinder. We do this every month, and it's a great way to spend time talking the mental game with one of the world's top experts!



Dr. Joe was named the “Official Mental Game Coach” of the first annual Mojo 6 LPGA invitational in Montego Bay, Jamaica April 12-16, 2010 and featuring the new Raceway Golf format.  Dr. Joe coached Cristie Kerr as she competed with the top LPGA players in the world for a $1 million purse on the beautiful Cinnamon Hill Golf Course at Rose Hall on the Jamaican coast.  Dr.  Joe also  provided on-course coaching and tips, putting clinics and individual consultations to amateur players as they competed in the Pro-Am hosted on the days prior to the tournament. 



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Cristie Kerr repeats at Kingsmill - CONGRATULATIONS

May 10, 2009
Williamsburg, Virginia - from the post round TV interview:

"I was surprised," she said behind the green at the 72nd hole after rolling in her short putt to clinch it. "I was even calm at 18. I guess that mental training is paying off."

"I knew the course was playing tough and that I just had to hang in there," she said.

It also helped convince Kerr that her new approach could lead to something big.

"I feel like I'm just tapping into my potential," she said. "There's a long time that I didn't, but mental training helps you believe in yourself. ... I definitely know I'm good."

- from the interview room at the tournament -

Q. When did you really decide you were going to start focusing on the mental side of your game?
CRISTIE KERR: Last year. 

Q. What happened?
CRISTIE KERR: I had the lead at Kraft last year, didn't have a good final round, and that's when I realized that even when I wasn't mentally great, I could still shoot a 66 on a major championship golf course like Mission Hills, and if I could be more consistent mentally like that all the time, that I could, you know, shoot those rounds more often. 
So I realized that I needed help, and I'm working with Dr. Joe Parent now, and I'm very pleased with the work that we've done, and he's helped me to maximize my ability and really start believing in myself. 

Q. As an outsider you wouldn't think the past U.S. Open champion, you'd think you'd be very mentally strong. 
CRISTIE KERR: No. It's not a matter of not being mentally strong. It's being mentally strong every single day and learning how to do that every day, because it is a challenge to be able to do that every day.
I mean Tiger Woods has been seeing somebody since he was four or five years old and still works with them, so if he needs it, I certainly need it. 
Annika as well is somebody since a very young age she's been working with somebody because there's a lot of pressure out there, and if you can just learn how to deal with it and learn where to put it, it really doesn't affect you. You realize it's just stuff you make up in your own head and there's a lot of situations you put yourself in that you put more pressure on yourself when it's really just hitting a golf shot. If you can learn how to just do that, it's limitless.

Q. In your every-day normal life, do you feel like you're Zen-like?
CRISTIE KERR: I'm a lot more peaceful and not stressed out about the little things in life a lot more since I've been working with him. Zen Buddhism is not a bad way to go. It's very peaceful. It's very -- it's all about self-awareness. And I've been doing a lot of work, but I've enjoyed doing the work as well because it's helping make me a better person as well. 

Kraft Nabisco Championship

April 14, 2009
Rancho Mirage, Calif. - from the interview room at the tournament - 

DANA GROSS RHODE: Can you talk about another team member, Dr. Joe Parent? Can you tell us about the mental part?

CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, that's the part – obviously I put a lot of work in on my physical game, but my mental game, I have committed myself to saying, you know what, if I want to get to the next level, this is part of what I need to do. 

You know, I looked through six or seven people and finally met with him and talked with him and in a really peaceful, calming way. He's a Buddhist, which means the literal translation is awareness of being awake, awakeness. So he just teaches being aware of your feelings and how to manage your emotions and to really bring out the best of what you have by getting you back in your body and not so much in your head, because when you are in your head, your body and your mind are not in sync and you cannot let your shots throw freely and let your talent come out if you're thinking about it too much. So I work really hard with him on that.

Q. When did you hook up with him?

CRISTIE KERR: The last round of the Kraft last year is when I really decided, ‘Hey, you know what, I need full time help with this.’ Because you know what, it's too hard, doing it yourself. I'm not like embarrassed to say that I need help with the mental game because how many amateurs and how many pros out there are just mental cases? They have a lot of talent and can't get it done. I have the talent. If I can make the mental part of my game as strong as my talent, it's going to be good. 

Q. Today was a day of battling back and forth between a trio of Americans, and you all made it very exciting; what do you take away from today and the success that you did have? 

CRISTIE KERR: You know, I thought I played great all week. I struggled with hitting the driver straight at times, and you know, it kind of came back to haunt me a little bit on 15. I felt good over it. I went through my normal routine, just made a really bad swing at it. Just obviously wasn't my week. I fought really hard to try and get back.

From what I understand, it almost went in for eagle on 18, and you know, at least I had to hit it to make it.

Q. What is the most important single thing that you learned from Dr. Joe Parent that you implemented? 

CRISTIE KERR: That's a lot of things that we worked on but just basically getting out of my head and how to think about the results and planning it out and doing it, basically, is the most simple way I can describe that. 


Legacy of Hope Week

March 11, 2009

Ojai, Calif. - The Marshall Legacy Institute and the International Trust fund hosted their second annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament and dinner at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa this week. Dr. Joe held a putting clinic and rotated through the foursomes along with Champion's Tour players Jim Colbert, Jay Sigel, Graham Marsh and Bob Murphy and celebrities Malcolm McDowell and Jack McGee joined in the fun as well. This year's fundraiser was held to benefit Afghanistan through their program of training and donating mine detection dogs. Several rounds of golf with Jim Colbert at Bighorn, and private lessons with Dr. Joe at the Ojai Valley Inn were the big ticket auction prizes for the night. Kudos to Perry, Pat, Linda, Elise, Rachel, Kimberly and Utsi for their great work in making the event memorable for all participants. 



Jered Stone first recruit at CSUMB

December 2, 2008

SEASIDE, Calif. – Cal State Monterey Bay men’s head golf coach Jason Owen announced today that the Otters have signed an outstanding golfer Jered Stone, from Montclair College Preparatory School in Van Nuys, Calif. 

In 2006, Stone was the youngest golfer to qualify for the Southern California PGA Amateur Championships, where he placed 13th overall.

A three-time CIF All-League Alpha first team selection, Stone was ALPHA League Champion his junior year. Stone qualified for the 2007 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships held at PGA in West Palm Beach, Florida.  In 2008, Stone qualified as the first alternate for the U.S.  Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

“Jered is my first official recruit for CSUMB, and I couldn't be more excited,” Owen said. “He has all of the tools to help us win many conference championships and a national title.”

Jered, a student of Dr. Joe's, is pictured here with his father, Hal Stone, Head Coach Jason Owen, and Athletic Director Vince Otoupal. (Content and photo swiped from the OtterAthletics page...)


The October 2008 issue featured articles by Connell Barrett and Eamon Lynch, who not only learned how to be happy on the golf course, but shot career low scores while doing so. 

Kerr finds Zen at Safeway Classic

Tuesday, August 26 | 9:45 a.m.


PORTLAND - Cristie Kerr was starting to convince herself that she could still have a good year even if she did not win an LPGA Tour event.
But on Sunday, she welcomed the fact that she no longer has to face that possibility.
After posting seven top-10 finishes - but remaining winless - since capturing the U.S. Women's Open title last year, Kerr rallied for a dramatic victory in the Safeway Classic on Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, firing a tournament-low 7-under-par 65 in the final round to force a playoff with Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson before capturing the title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole.
"I've put so much work into my game this year," Kerr said. "I've put a lot of work into the mental side of it to be able to contend more often and to give myself every opportunity to not get in my own way."
That work played a defining role in Sunday's victory.
Kerr entered the day on the fringe of contention, starting four strokes back of Alfredsson.
But her work with a mental coach - Dr. Joseph Parent, author of the book "Zen Golf" - was intended to prepare her for those moments.
In essence, Kerr said, it has taught her to not become impatient, to trust her game, and "When you smell blood in the water, go for it."
"It definitely puts things in perspective," Kerr said, "because you can put too much emphasis on results and, 'Oh, I have to do this, and I have to do that.' Instead, my approach now is to focus on the process I have to go through. The results will take care of themselves."

And the results were certainly dramatic on Sunday.
Kerr's round started slow with four consecutive pars, but quickly picked up momentum.
Four consecutive birdies from the fifth through eighth holes thrust her into contention at 10 under par going into the back nine.
And by the time she wrapped up her round by sinking a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole, Kerr had shot 7-under par for the final 14 holes - as hot a stretch as she could recall experiencing on the LPGA Tour - to improve her overall score to 13-under par.
That briefly pushed Kerr into the lead after Alfredsson and Gustafson - the leaders for most of the day - took bogeys on the 17th hole to fall a stroke behind.
It set up a dramatic finish in which Gustafson and Alfredsson each stuck their approach shots within 15 feet of the 18th pin and buried the birdie putts to force a three-way playoff.
Gustafson - who also finished second in last year's Safeway Classic after struggling down the stretch - reacted so emotionally to her putt that her sunglasses flew off her head and one lens popped out of the frame. And when Alfredsson followed up with her birdie putt, she pointed at Gustafson with a smile, savoring the emotional round.
"It's fun when you're enjoying the moment of making putts," Alfredsson said. "It's kind of funny, because you know within the group, within the game, within the tournament, you have sort of a little match. So we kind of did that all day."
But the final moment belonged to Kerr, who had to wait on the first playoff hole as Gustafson narrowly missed a 20-footer for birdie and Alfredsson followed with a two-putt for par.
Kerr stepped up and hit a 20-footer for birdie to clinch the championship, pumping her fist even before the putt rolled in to finish off her dramatic victory.
"What's amazing is up until this point I obviously hadn't won this year yet," Kerr said. "But I had played better golf this year than all of last year, with the exception of the (U.S. Women's) Open. I just kept saying to myself, 'Just keep putting yourself into contention and you'll have that round where you will get your first win of the year.' And that's kind of what happened."

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Boston University Professors Proffer Diverse Summer Reading Recommendations

Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:00pm EDT

BOSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A random survey of Boston University (BU) professors yielded a wide and rich variety of summer reading recommendations for adults, ranging from Randy Pausch's inspirational "The Last Lecture," to Suze Rotolo's firsthand account of Bob Dylan and the new music scene, "A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties."

Reflecting the diversity of 17 schools and colleges that comprise the nation's fourth largest private institution, the suggestions from representatives from multiple departments include new releases (Scott McClellan's "What Happened") as well as personal favorites "Zen Golf" by Joseph Parent), and run the gamut from serious to entertaining:

School of Management Dean Louis E. Lataif "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" by Nassim Nicholas
"Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game" by Joseph Parent

College of Engineering, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
Catherine Klapperich
"And Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris
"The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery" by D.T. Max
"The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon
"Gardens of Water" by Alan Drew

College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor of Biology Karen Warkentin
"Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin
"Bloodchild & Other Stories" by Octavia Butler.
"Friday Next and Nursery Crime" both part of a crime series by Jasper Fforde

College of Arts and Sciences Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Stan
Sclaroff "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz.
"Babel-17" by Samuel R Delany.
"Call Me by Your Name" by Andre Aciman.

College of Arts and Sciences & Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, David H. Barlow, Ph.D "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
"Two Years in St. Andrews" by George Peper
"Fatal Forecast" by Michael Tougias
"Fall of Frost" by Brian Hall

College of Communications Dean Thomas Fiedler
"What Happened," by Scott McClellan
"Good Guys & Bad Guys," by Joe Nocera
"Downhill Lies," Carl Hiaasen
School of Public Health Dean Robert Meenan
"The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon

Environmental Health Professor and SPH Chair Emeritus David Ozonoff
"Nixonland" by Rich Perlstein
"The Stillborn God" by Mark Lilla
"Microcosm" by Carl Zimmer
"The Spies of Warsaw" by Alan Furst
"The Shield of Achilles" by Philip Bobbitt
"A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties" by Suze
SPH Department Chair and Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights
George Annas "Armageddon in Retrospect" Kurt Vonnegut

School of Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics Caroline
Apovian, M.D. "Independence Day" by Richard Ford
"The Lay of the Land" by Richard Ford
"American Pastoral" by Philip Roth
"I Married a Communist" by Philip Roth
"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory
"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

Medical Center Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Lawrence Chin, M.D.
"Sailing Alone Around the Room" (poetry) by Billy Collins.
"Heat" by Bill Buford
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell
"Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem
"Jesus' Son" by Denis Johnson
"In Persuasion Nation" by George Saunders
"Saturday" by Ian McEwan
"Bangkok 8" by John Burdett
"Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn
"Underworld" by Don DeLillo

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission.

CONTACT:Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 or criley@bu.edu

SOURCE Boston University

Colin Riley of Boston University, +1-617-353-2240, criley@bu.edu

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The following quote is from professional Disc Golfer Sheila "Tornado" Kirkham's Team Discraft page at Discraft.com. Feed your brain: Understand why our minds say the things they say to us. Sport psychologists are not just for the rich and famous. My favorite book over the last two years is Zen Golf by Dr. Joseph Parent. I have read and re-read this book nearly ten times. Why? Because not everything is applicable at any one time. One chapter may stand out more in March, while another may make more sense for you in October. As you learn to apply different principals, you may change your ideas, reactions, and approach to the game we all love. You may find the toughest putting distance is actually the 6 inches between your ears. see Tornado's whole page at www.discraft.com/team_kirkham.html
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