Before each shotAugust 12 2009 at 11:15 PM
mcirishman57 (Login mcirishman57)
SAGF Members 2001
Response to What's the best way to learn to stay relaxed?
the last thing I do before stepping around to the ball is tense my entire body up from the tips of my toes to the top of my head as I inhale deeply through my nose. I hold that breath and tension as I tell myself what I want to execute. The I release the tension as I slowly exhale and tell my self I'm "switching to automatic" and I begin to repeat my clearkey as I walk to the ball.
Between each shot, if I am walking and my partners are in a cart or are not talkative, I will sing songs to myself that have always chilled me out - I'm fond of Cat Stevens. If my partners are open to conversation, I talk about things non golf related, and again that chill me out and give me good feelings - NO POLITICS for example.
Breathing deeply and slowly at a regular pace has always helped me - not just in golf but in other things too.
Our confidence and relaxation is fed and nourished by how well we have built our swing...and other parts of our game. If it is something that we have spent a great of time and effort working on, and we know it is "right", then we will be much more relaxed and confident than if show up wondering if we will be able to "find our swing today".
The less importance we attach to results both past and future, helps tons. The only thing that matters is NOW. How many 1.5 feet putts could you make in a row? Until someone stops you or you get tired right? No pressure. But what if you were told you had to sink 50 in a row or you would lose your family house and job - everything important to you. Do you think you'd feel anymore pressure?