We have all been there. Standing on the first tee with 10 people watching us prepare to hit the first shot of our round. Suddenly, our hands start sweating and muscles tense up as the nerves kick in. With this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, players will face the not only teeing of in front of one of the games legends, they’ll also face large crowds and daunting holes down the stretch. So, what is the key to performing under these amounts of pressure?
Develop, Practice, and Repeat
Much like a basketball player shooting a free throw, the key to increasing your chances of success under pressure revolves around developing a routine and sticking with it. One of the biggest mistakes I see occurs when a player takes practice swings until they make a good one, then they get up and hit the ball. Instead of focusing on how good the swing is, focus on taking the same number of swings every time, regardless of the outcome.
Also, walk into the golf ball the same way each time. You can even make sure you take the same number of breaths! By making your routine specific and sticking with it every time, you won’t even notice the crowd watching until they recognize your great shot with a loud cheer!
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