"Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch course... the space between your ears." - Bobby Jones
Remaining calm on the golf course is a crucial part of having a consistent golf game. Head Vitality Coach Andy Magill says that “sport and stress can become an overbearing combination for young and old alike - particularly on the golf course.” Magill also briefly discusses how having a healthy heart can help you compete and be stronger on the course. Magill has a couple of tips that can help in keeping the heart rate down and keeping stress levels down.
Magill’s first tip is “deep breathing”. Learning how to control your breathing can help you better control your heart rate and anxiety levels. This helps deliver oxygen to all parts of your body, including your brain, which helps you to think clearly and perform. His next tip is to “recognize the situation”. Feeling nervous or anxious is common leading up to competition. Recognizing that deep breathing is a key factor that you can focus on to help bring you into the moment and be able to deliver on shots.
To read more from Andy Magill check out the article on him in The Telegraph.