4 Tips in Golf for Beating Pressure
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Did you know there are sensible ways to help you play your best golf game even when you are under pressure? There are! Here are some tips on how you can beat the pressure every time.
1. To Beat It, Feel It
A lot of players will not know that they are playing under pressure until they have made several bad shots. One of the key elements to playing your best under pressure is to realize that you ARE playing under pressure.
That word “pressure” can mean different things to different people. For some of us, playing in front of a crowd can lead to pressure. For others, a few bad shots can lead to the feeling of being under pressure to regain those shots.
In all cases, the player has to realize that he or she is feeling some sense of stress or dread before they can deal with it.
2. The Spin Cycle
Playing under pressure will often result in two things: One is we tense up. Our muscles will get taut, and that makes them less flexible than usual. The second thing that happens is we begin to swing the club harder than normal.
Either of these reactions will produce poor shots. And one poor shot leads to another as we continue to try to bully our way out of the cycle.
The ultimate key to playing under pressure is to relax. Yes, that is easier said than done, but it’s necessary to get yourself there. As soon as you realize that you are playing under pressure…
Breathe: Taking a few deep breaths can do wonders when it comes to relaxing the mind and the body. The trick is to breathe in slowly and exhale slowly. Not only does this help to relax the muscles, but it also oxygenates the brain.
Stretch: Pressure will lead to tense muscles. This is so common that it is thought to be universal. Tense muscles lead to poor swings, and that, too, is inevitable.
In order to relieve the tension in your muscles, do a bit of stretching immediately before you take your stance. Even a few shoulder twists will help relax your muscles.
Pre-Shot Routine: If you have been reading my newsletters, you already know that I advocate that every player have a pre-shot routine designed by themselves for themselves. If you have one, now is the best time to perform it.
Performing this routine will help to settle your nerves. Think of it as a foundation on which you can build your shot.
Swing Normally: Many players will often fall into the trap of thinking if they hit the ball harder, their game will improve. Things almost never work out that way. What usually happens is a duck hook, a screaming slice or an embarrassing miss-the-ball entirely shot.
Avoid the temptation to smack the ball as hard as you can. Instead, have faith in your own swing. You have been using this swing for some time now; trust it to pull you out of this trouble.
For many players, when pressure begins, it builds. In other words, it only gets worse if it isn’t immediately addressed. It is a game and should be enjoyed.
If you make a bogus shot, miss a few putts or hit five hooks in a row, smile! Laugh out loud if you need to. Let some humor get into your body, even if it is at your own expense.
This, too, can go a long way in relieving stress and pressure.
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The more confidence you have in your shots, the more easily you can stand up to pressure and win