Chances are that if you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you have heard that golf and tournament golf are two different monsters. Your emotions tend to be higher making it more difficult to focus on the task at hand. This could make executing shots terribly difficult. Getting off to a bad start without recovering fast can change your attitude for the worst.
The ability to take your skills and enhance them is what makes eminent tournament players. The pressure can make golfers do either one of two things, break every club in their bag (Happy Gilmore) or make you play unbelievable golf that you could never do in a practice round. Learning how to deal with the pressure of a tournament situation comes from proper application and experience.
Tour players know the importance of their mental state and how it affects their results. This explains the necessity for so many tour players today having sports psychologists. Without having to hire a sports psychologist, I have one straightforward suggestion that could take your entire game to a new level. It’s something that you need to apply and make sure you pay close attention to.
There is no denying the fact that when the body senses it is in danger, the natural reaction for survival is to increase the heart rate to prepare for any danger. Mix unwholesome thoughts and poor body control and you have a recipe for disaster. With a sport such as golf, you should aim to stay as relaxed as you possibly can. Poor shots are going to happen, the sooner you realize this, the better you can prepare and practice how to deal with them. Great golf is truly played one shot at a time.
You achieve this by understanding the concept of time and anything you have done the last minute, last hole, or on yesterdays round, is in the past. THERE IS NOTHING you can do about it. MOVE ON!
Despite how well mentally you train yourself, lousy shots can still affect your attitude and tension levels. Next time you play a round of golf (tournament or regular) I want you to pay close attention to how your body feels. How is your breathing? Is your body tight? Take notes on your tension level in your muscles, it may surprise you. (especially after a bad shot)
A great way to relieve tension is by some basic deep breathing techniques or neck and shoulder shrugs. You can easily do this while your playing competitor is playing out their shot.(anything to keep you loose) If this goes unchecked, every wayward shot you experience will drag onto your next. On the range, a bad shot doesn’t affect you as much as it does on the golf course. This could explain why you hit the ball great on the range then tank it on the course. So instead of throwing your club and letting a foul shot affect you MOVE ON, breath, get relaxed and hole the next shot out.