August 20, 2012

Master Of The Game

Welcome to this weekly edition of Fitness for Golf newsletter.

First of all, thank you so much for your letters of support and encouragement on the launch of my new site, Fitness for Golf. It is truly great to see so many of you joining because you deeply care about health, fitness and decreasing your handicap at the same time!

Join us each week as we explore the important elements of the golf swing and how to make it simple by creating strong, lean and powerful physiques guaranteed to change your game.

This week we feature a tip from one of the master’s of the mental game of golf, Dr. Joseph Parent. Please welcome him aboard as one of our new strategic partners in our continuing effort to improve your game.


Master of the Game

Congratulations to Vijay Singh for his recent win at Whistling Straits! We all know there are many factors that go into competing and winning at PGA championship events including the mental game. Dr. Joseph Parent, Vijay’s mental coach, is widely recognized as one of the foremost mental coaches in golf. As one of our partners, we will be offering his contributing articles on our website for those interested in achieving dramatic results in their game in the shortest period of time. Now, on to the Master…

Par is an example of an illusionary “box” that mid to high handicap golfers create for themselves. They would do well to think outisde of it.

Less than 1 percent of all golfers have completed a round of golf in par or better. That makes it a rather unrealistic target score for all but the most skilled among us. Measuring yourself against the par on the scorecard is a setup for failure for the average golfer.

Another problem with par is that it is printed on scorecards and signs. When it was first used, the number set as “par for the course” varied accordingly to the difficulty of the course conditions under which a competition was played. If it was played in a howling wind and driving rain on a long, tight golf course, par might have been set at 85 that day. A scorecard doesn’t change with the weather. Would you expect to shoot the same score at your home course on a cold, rainy, windy day as on a sunny and calm day? Unlikely. How about when they’ve narrowed the fairways and let the rough grow for a tournament? No, again. So why measure your score against the same number in widely different conditions?

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I suggest that you set your own par for the course. Change the par written on the scorecard to reflect your handicap, as well as the conditions, making it your “personal par for the day”. Before each round, on your scorecard, cross out and rewrite the par given to each of the harder holes on the course. Add one for as many holes as you receive handicap strokes (and one or two more if the weather or course conditions are extra challenging). The harder par-4 holes are now par-5’s, etc.

This article was printed by permission of Dr. Parent of Zen Golf International. ( For more information on his books, CD’s and services, be sure to visit his website.

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