The Shivas Irons Society

Joseph Parent



“Don’t complain about anything. Not even to yourself.”
~ Joseph Parent, Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

Dr. Joe Parent has coached Performance Psychology with golfers and other athletes, as well as actors, artists, and business professionals, for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has studied, practiced and taught mindful awareness and principles of psychology and communication in the Buddhist tradition since the 1970s in the lineage of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa, one of the great teachers to come to the West from Tibet.

"My first Shivas Irons Society event was the 10th Anniversary celebration at The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California. It was like old friends meeting, and not long afterward founder Steve Cohen invited me to be on the Board of Directors."

Dr. Parent offers a unique blend of modern western psychology and ancient eastern wisdom, helping people in all walks of life achieve success through peak performance principles through his mindfulness training, corporate seminars, executive coaching, and sports psychology lessons. He has given keynote speeches at conferences, management retreats, and training programs for a wide variety of businesses and associations.

A distinguished PGA TOUR and LPGA Sports Psychologist/Instructor, Dr. Parent has worked with major champions and many other top professionals. He has the singular distinction of coaching both a man (Vijay Singh) and a woman (Cristie Kerr) to the #1 World Ranking. His books, led by the #1 best-seller ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, have over a million copies in print, digital, and audio formats worldwide in ten different languages. Golf Digest reviewers call ZEN GOLF “highly original and exciting, a book that has become a classic. It’s on my list of top golf books of all time. Dr. Parent is a groundbreaking writer in the field of golf instruction.” He is one of Golf Digest’s “Top Mental Game Experts in the World.” His other golf books include:

  • ZEN PUTTING: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens;
  • GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game; and
  • HOW TO MAKE EVERY PUTT: The Secret to Winning Golf’s Game within the Game.

In addition, he’s written:

  • ZEN TENNIS: Playing in the Zone;
  • THE BEST DIET BOOK EVER: The Zen of Losing Weight; and his latest book,
  • A WALK IN THE WOOD: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh.

Dr. Parent has been featured on CNN, NBC, HBO Sports, ESPN, as well as many appearances on The Golf Channel. The ZEN GOLF book has had its own cameo TV appearance, being read by Ray Romano on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He has coached Ray, Kevin James, Michael Bolton, George Lopez, Anthony Anderson, Patrick Warburton, Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan in Caddyshack), Malcolm McDowell, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Kenny G, Marcus Allen, Oscar de la Hoya, Byron Scott, and Alonzo Mourning, among many top celebrity and star athlete golfers. When not traveling for keynotes, coaching on the PGA TOUR or LPGA TOUR, or leading Shivas Irons Society programs, he and his lovely wife Megan make their home in Ojai, California, where he teaches at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa Resort. He also offers long-distance lessons and executive coaching by telephone, Skype, or FaceTime to clients all over the world. For more information, please visit his website at

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