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mlslaw
Tension, jitters and fear before a golf shot
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Sunday April 29, 2018 4:04 PM
Interested in any tips to combat the "nerves" we often feel while playing, whether it be first tee, a putt to avoid a double, winning a match, a critical shot to keep a round going, whatever.

I know about breathing, affirmations (putting the game into perspective of what really matters in life), the value of pre-shot routine. Those sometimes do the trick but sometimes fall short. I think it's Ariya Jutanagarn who cracks a smile before a key putt to clear the air, so to speak.

Suggestions on what works for you appreciated.
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mpisarski01
RE: Tension, jitters and fear before a golf shot
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Sunday April 29, 2018 5:19 PM
Liquid encouragement works for me. One shot of booze and im good to go.
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Sunday April 29, 2018 6:13 PM
Don't think about the outcome, stay present, lean on your routine, give it your best effort and realize through the whole process, that good or bad, you will simply accept the result then move on.
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Sunday April 29, 2018 9:22 PM
I think recognizing when your nervous and how that effects your game is valuable. You see the pros take 1 less club on a final hole because they’re amped up. Similarly I know when I’m nervous on the first tee I tend to grip tighter and not release the club. So I will normally aim left and hit a cut which is easier to hit with a tight grip.
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Sunday April 29, 2018 11:07 PM
For me, I generally focus on just one primary swing key to keep it simple.

And, that one is - keep my bobble-head steady on full swings. On putts, it is to be sure to follow through along my target line.
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Andrew1
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Monday April 30, 2018 6:13 AM
Read your profile. Your a 9 index at 62 years of age. That is a great index to have at 62 so what ever you've been doing, keep it up. But if Standing over the ball makes you nervous sometimes its because you stand over the ball to long. I say while approaching your ball on the Tee box or the fairway for your next shot, think about where your ball is at and what your next shot is going to be, do this "before your over the ball". Once you get to the ball all you need is Yardage, approach your ball, set up and pull the trigger, yes that quick. Once you stand over the ball to long to many negative thoughts go though your mind. Avoid that from happening. This "tip" is a priceless. This worked for many of my Students and the parents were charged $$. To to this day they still use this method. I'm sure it will work for you. Your welcome.

[[Edited by Andrew1 on Monday April 30, 2018 6:25 AM]]
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Alex326
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Monday April 30, 2018 7:32 AM
Just like Andrew said. In short. Think long think wrong. Once you get over the ball just step up and hit/putt it. The longer you wait the more tension you create in your body. And we all know that tension is bad for our golf game. An instructor had my wife write "SFH" on her glove as a reminder to just Step up and Hit. Having the F(bomb) on her glove made her smile and relax by making her think about the instructor playfully barking at her to just hit the (...ing ) ball.

Obviously at a 9 handicap you have the mechanics down, so let muscle memory take over.
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sngernz
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Monday April 30, 2018 8:13 AM
Practice. It builds confidence. And practice with a purpose.

Example that I use cuz I've developed a case of the yips lately: tell yourself you've got a 3 foot putt that you must make 25 times in a row and if you miss, you start over. You'll understand when you get to the 20th putt as it simulates the pressure/stress you feel on the course. (I've read where Phil does the same drill but it's like 50 or 100, but that's a bit over the top).

Good luck.
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Monday April 30, 2018 8:19 AM
QUOTED  Practice. It builds confidence. And practice with a purpose.



Absolutely this. You can even do this on the range. It's a bit harder and needs some imagination unless you're on a spectacular range, but what I usually do is use my range finder and pick a spot at the range to hit it to. Tell myself I need to hit it there to get up and down and make par. Same thing with driver all the way down to your 60 degree. After you get comfortable with that, try and go out on the course at twilight and put pressure on yourself in random scenarios. One thing I like to do when it's not crowded is play 2 balls. One I play safe and the other I play aggressive, and then I basically play against myself.
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SBogey
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Monday April 30, 2018 3:40 PM
Some good advice but some that takes time. For me the simple quick solution is to take a deep breath and let it out right before you swing. This helps release the tension in you arms, hands and brain!
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