It happens to all golfers, from the top tour professionals to the weekend duffers. What separates the former from the latter is the mental fortitude to recover. To put the bad-hole nightmare behind them and take the next shot as if nothing had happened.
The Keys to Avoiding Catastrophic Golf Meltdowns
You’re no doubt familiar with the following situation: you’re having a great
round, hitting the greens in regulation, and nailing putts that on most days
would be iffy. It looks like you are on your way to a great score, and best of
all you are playing with a group of folks who you are especially eager to
It’s all going so well.
And then it happens.
The blow-up occurs. You shank the
drive and your recovery shot is even
worse. Pretty soon you are putting
for double bogey and you yip up and
miss that one, too.
It all happened so fast; what was
shaping up like a career round on the
golf course is in the toilet in an
instant. And worst of all, it isn’t over.
It happens to all golfers, from the top tour professionals to the weekend
duffers. What separates the former from the latter is the mental fortitude
to recover. To put the bad-hole nightmare behind them and take the next
shot as if nothing had happened. One great hole does not a good round
make, and so too, one lousy hole doesn’t have to ruin a good round. You
just have to make a quick and simple mental recovery.
Easier said than done. Much easier.
But it’s possible for golfers of any stripe to improve their ability to handle
the mental strains of golf. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years
that I’ve committed to memory, but admittedly struggle with implementing
when my inevitable meltdown occurs.
Go through the motions.
Breathe Deeply and Calm Down
This isn’t just about golf technique; start with the most primal human
motions. Breathe. Failure to maintain a rhythmic breathing sequence can
cause a myriad of other physical defects that will hamper your golf game. It
helps if you have already practiced some breathing exercises in the past and
incorporated them into your golf fitness routine.
Breathing exercises? Sound silly? Well, it’s not. Proper breathing is
elemental to any productive routine and successful athletic performance,
and as such,