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After a heck of a lot of debate, I have decided to play this year's club championship. I was debating because I have not played to my best this season and my chronic anxiety issues since this will be the first one I play in without the medication backing me up.

 

Truth is that I know I am capable of playing well and even winning but I will never give myself a chance if I can't control the pressure.

 

So I guess this question is for anyone who has ever won under pressure or has been able to conquer their own anxiety. What tip or tips can you give me to beat this anxiety? What can I do to keep my focus on my game and no one else's?

 

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My advice would be to relax and play your own game. Golf is one of the few sports where what anyone else does is irrelevant - it's simply you against the course. Nobody else can affect your score - only you can control the outcome.

With that in mind, play to your strengths but under no circumstances try to hit any shot that is out of your comfort zone. That means play to your known yardages, your preferred shot shape and trajectory.

Once you find out it is a lot easier to play inside your comfort zone rather than trying too hard to reach a level that has you leaking shots, missing fairways and costing you unnecessary strokes, you will probably find your scoring will be a lot better as a result.

A simple thought process is all that is needed - know your game and be yourself. 

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My advice would be to relax and play your own game. Golf is one of the few sports where what anyone else does is irrelevant - it's simply you against the course. Nobody else can affect your score - only you can control the outcome.

With that in mind, play to your strengths but under no circumstances try to hit any shot that is out of your comfort zone. That means play to your known yardages, your preferred shot shape and trajectory.

Once you find out it is a lot easier to play inside your comfort zone rather than trying too hard to reach a level that has you leaking shots, missing fairways and costing you unnecessary strokes, you will probably find your scoring will be a lot better as a result.

A simple thought process is all that is needed - know your game and be yourself.

Awesome advice!

 

 

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I am going to play a practice round in about half hour and I can feel my nerves kicking in 😝😠😠😠 ffs it's just a practice round!!!!

 

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Get out of your own head.  Forget all the crap going on and just play and try to have fun.  At the end of the day it's just golf.  You're just a guy standing outside with a stick trying to hit a ball.  

 

I also happen to be paging through Golf magazine right now and they have an article with Patrick Reed about winning and going low.  He's got some decent tips in it if you can find a copy.

 

- Trust your instincts

- Expect a fight

- There's no such thing as a "good miss"

- It's OK to be a little cocky

- Find something to play for

 

There are some other tips but they pertain more to his game and those I listed get flushed out a little bit, but I liked those ones for a start.

 

Last one (just turned the page there is an article from a former SEAL on how to practice)  Remember the acronym SEAL.  Sit down, Eyes closed And Listen to your breath.  The sitting down part might get some funny looks, but this is easy to add to your preshot routing.  Close your eyes, visualize your shot and take a couple breath's.  Then open your eyes, address the ball and execute.  It will help blot out the extra stuff going on around you.

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Decide before your round what club to hit off of every tee and the type of shot you are going to hit, so there is no indecisiveness or second guessing yourself as you address the ball.  Also, play with confidence!  Every time I have any thought of "uh oh, I might put this in the water", I duck hook one in there every time.  You know this course well; it's your home course.  You've probably hit every possible shot you could think of already.  Step up to the ball thinking that you are going to hit it right down the middle or right next to the flag.  

I have also struggled with going low under pressure, especially with finishing out a good round, and the piece of advice that I always try to have in my head is that you can never be low enough.  If you are one under through three, force yourself to act like you are 3 over and try to get to 3 under through 9.  Never accept where you are, because the goal should be to go even lower.  If you are holding on to a good round and are close to par midway through the back nine, don't think of just trying to see how you could "escape" the last few holes without anything tragic.  Stick to your game plan and finish strong with authority.  Keep trying to make birdies!

 

If you find yourself struggling in the first few holes, take a deep breath and realize that you have a lot of golf to be played, and think how awesome it would be to go 2 under on the back nine and stick it to your playing partners who thought you were out of it.  

 

 

Also, practice 3-5 footers as much as you can leading up to the tournament, so you have the confidence to make those knee knockers every time.  

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Get out of your own head. Forget all the crap going on and just play and try to have fun. At the end of the day it's just golf. You're just a guy standing outside with a stick trying to hit a ball.

 

I also happen to be paging through Golf magazine right now and they have an article with Patrick Reed about winning and going low. He's got some decent tips in it if you can find a copy.

 

- Trust your instincts

- Expect a fight

- There's no such thing as a "good miss"

- It's OK to be a little cocky

- Find something to play for

 

There are some other tips but they pertain more to his game and those I listed get flushed out a little bit, but I liked those ones for a start.

 

Last one (just turned the page there is an article from a former SEAL on how to practice) Remember the acronym SEAL. Sit down, Eyes closed And Listen to your breath. The sitting down part might get some funny looks, but this is easy to add to your preshot routing. Close your eyes, visualize your shot and take a couple breath's. Then open your eyes, address the ball and execute. It will help blot out the extra stuff going on around you.

Just read those articles yesterday. Some good tips for the mental side of things.

 

Also, hold your head high, have good posture, keep your eyes up, and have a good time, smile. Those things, believe it or not, increase your confidence, and reduce anxiety, and help you play better in general. Try it!

 

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I really agree with jpc about being as prepared as possible. Keep a yardage book, write down strategies on each hole and what shot you might hit in a certain spot. That preparation will mean less indecisiveness when it matters.

 

And during a football game, I let my players have 3 seconds post-play to review that play and then they must focus on the next. Hit your shot, see the outcome, learn from it if necessary, but then forget it. Never let the last shot effect the next one.

 

Now if only I listened to myself...

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I'm on 17 right now and just having a miserable time. It's unfortunately been like this most of the summer. I am not having fun playing a game that I love or loved. 😕

 

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Great smoke a 2 hybrid to 103 yards. Just missed the green with the sand wedge chip in for birdie

 

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Great smoke a 2 hybrid to 103 yards. Just missed the green with the sand wedge chip in for birdie

 

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What a way to finish. Hopefully you weren't all over the forum during your round. That's one way to distract yourself quickly.

 

 

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After a heck of a lot of debate, I have decided to play this year's club championship. I was debating because I have not played to my best this season and my chronic anxiety issues since this will be the first one I play in without the medication backing me up.

 

Truth is that I know I am capable of playing well and even winning but I will never give myself a chance if I can't control the pressure.

 

So I guess this question is for anyone who has ever won under pressure or has been able to conquer their own anxiety. What tip or tips can you give me to beat this anxiety? What can I do to keep my focus on my game and no one else's?

 

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Relax man. It's just golf. Nobody else even cares what you shoot. Embrace the internal struggle and make it a point to focus on something positive on each shot, like aiming very specifically at a target and holding that picture in your mind as you swing. Maybe even keep a little sheet and make a check mark every time you play a shot with the proper focus instead of getting worried or anxious about results. If you make sure you win all of those little self battles one shot at a time you will be pleasantly surprised with your score at the end.

 

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After reading all the good comments to this point the only thing I would add is to stick to your normal routine. Don't show up at the course earlier than usual and start doing things you normally don't do. In two weeks we have our senior club championship. In years past I see guys show up earlier than they usually do, hitting large buckets of balls, in the prcatice bunkers, and putting up a storm. During the year all I ever see these guys do is hit a few shots on the range and a few putts. But they for some reason they change it all up come championship rounds and end up tying themselves in knots. Keep it simple do your thing. One other thing that I do is, I never watch anyone in my group swing, I like to try and keep my own tempo in my head and sometimes watching others swing tends to mess with me. Good luck, hope you work through this and play well.

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30 second swing is an interesting book on the mental side of golf. I struggle with this 'part' of my game as well.

 

As my instructor would repeated tell me 'play boring golf' meaning play the shots and clubs you're best at rather then the heroic drives than never happen.

 

 

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I'm a nervous nelly when I play with others, but I play so well when I'm by myself. My nerves always get the best of me for some reason. I feel like I rush everything so others aren't waiting on me. It sucks.

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A little late to the party, but don't worry about bad shots, stick to your routine, and play boring golf. Sound simple but the brain is a funny thing and can get in the way of that though

 

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It's a little tougher for me than most since I have chronic anxiety my system is always nervous so it gets amplified here. I am here now and just about to tee off. I'll keep everyone posted.

 

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Finished with a 78. No double bogeys. Played well. Nearly got a hole in one on 16. Hit it about 3 feet behind hole and spun it back to about 6 inches. As it stands I would be 5th. Leader has 71. 2 guys at 74. 1 guy at 76 1 guy at 77.

 

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