Do you play competitive golf? I do and I think I thrive in competition. Generally, my game is more focused and my ball striking seems to appear. Does this happen to you or when the heat is on, you have challenges with your game?
Besides being a mentally focused on playing well, I have a positive attitude that transfers to my game once I tee it up. Having said that, playing well over a 54 hole event is challenging and sometimes my execution is not quite up to par. The trick is to not let your competitor see you sweat!
Every player is different and we all have our own challenges when the pressure is on. Each player has their own coping routine that helps them navigate through a poor shot or bad bounce. Personally, I only do three things to get myself back on track:
First, I stop and take a deep calming breath. I have found that by calming myself before moving forward, I am better prepared to analyse what comes next.
Second, I smile and look around at my surroundings. This helps me refocus my thoughts on the course and the job at hand. By not fixating on my mistake, I am open to playing a great next shot. Sometimes, if I fixate on my shot I am not able to recover. Thus I compound one mistake with another.
Lastly, once I reach my ball, I focus on my options on how to make the best of a bad situation. Sometimes, it means taking my medicine and punching out and others to go for it. I can only focus on getting back on track, by completing steps 1 and 2.
This is whole approach. And it works for me. By calming myself first and not compounding my original error I quickly regain my game. Additionally, it transfers the pressure back to my opponents because they never see me sweat!
Do your opponents see you sweat?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!