How to Manage Pressure in Golf Rounds
What is your view on “pressure?”
How have you played in pressure moments in the past?
Some golfers see pressure as negative and describe tough rounds as nerve-wracking or anxiety-ridden. These golfers tend to fall apart when they start feeling even low levels of pressure.
For these golfers, pressure escalates quickly and throws off their game dramatically. These golfers have difficulty focusing on their shot because all they can think about is, “What if I hit a bad shot?” Or, “What if I miss this putt?”
When you see pressure as a negative thing, pressure becomes your dominant focus instead of just playing the game or the shot in front of you.
There are two things you should know about pressure:
- A little bit of pressure is a good thing. Pressure can become a motivating force that allows you to place all your efforts and focus in the present moment.
- You have the ability to set the pressure thermostat. You can keep pressure in the optimal range by viewing situations as challenges, learning how to effectively focus and utilizing relaxation strategies when necessary.
A good example of effectively managing pressure is the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open.
The Open was an epic drama. Jason Day and Alex Noren battled four rounds and 6 playoff holes before a winner was declared.
Talk about pressure… The six-hole playoff was the longest playoff in the tournament’s 67-year history.
To add to the pressure, Day was seeking to climb back to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2016 while Noren was looking for his first PGA Tour win.
Day and Noren matched each other on the first five playoff holes; birdie, birdie, par, par and birdie. Just then, the golfers were informed they would have to continue the playoff the following day due to darkness.
So, after grinding through five playoff holes, Day and Noren would have an entire night to think about what was at stake.
It took only one additional playoff hole and an 18-inch birdie putt for Day to claim the title on Monday morning.
This type of pressure would make many golfers crumble. Interestingly enough, Day and Noren stayed composed.
Neither golfer spoke a word about pressure after the fifth playoff hole. Noren commented on the excitement of the playoff.
NOREN: “Too dark right now, I could barely see the last putt. Very enjoyable. This is what I play for.”
Day also appeared calm and ready for the battle to continue the next day.
DAY: “Alex [Noren] is playing some tremendous golf. I’ll try to get some rest and play all day tomorrow if I need to get a win.”
Day and Noren embraced the pressure and and you can learn to do the same.
Let pressure be your friend rather than your foe, that way, pressure can work for you instead of against you.
How to Manage Pressure in Competition:
Don’t try to be better than your best. Some golfers try too hard which only increases pressure for themselves. Avoiding cramming for the big game.
Embrace the pressure as this is the reason you love to play. Make the added Adrenalin work for you. Know that you are going to feel pumped up and that’s a normal reaction.
Learn Proven Strategies to Perform with Confidence!
Do you suffer from fragile self-confidence after missed hits, playing with strict or high expectations that undermine confidence or the inability to play freely and relaxed on the course?
If you suffer from lack of focus, low self-confidence or other mental game obstacles on the course, you cant reach your true golf potential…
What are mental game customers saying?
“The mental side is everything in golf—the ability to see your shot or line and trust that you can hit that shot or putt. Dr. Cohn has helped me trust my game and putting stroke.”
~Frank Lickliter, PGA Tour, Nike Tour Winner
“I would like to thank you again for our last mental coaching session, which did offer me yesterday my personal best round ever! On a golf course where I had never scored better than 77, I scored a 73 in competition. I cannot believe the incredible inner work this simple session has produced on me and I would like to thank you again for that.”
~Emmanuel Grizaud, Amateur Golfer
“I want to tell you how much I appreciate all your help. You have made an enormous amount of difference in my game. I feel much better because of your help; I don’t feel the tension like I did before. You should feel very good about what you do for people—it is truly a gift!. I know my students and myself have benefited enormously from Dr. Patrick Cohn’s teaching.”
~Jim Dahline, PGA Professional
“Dr. Cohn has helped me improve confidence and build a consistence pre-shot routine that helps me stay confident, and learn how to play one shot at a time during competition. He also taught me that I don’t have to hit every shot perfect to score well.”
~Brian Belden, Winner 2003 AJGA Steel City Junior Classic & Marsh Junior at Hawk Pointe
Boost Your Self-Confidence And Focus With Expert Mental Game Coaching!
If you’re a top performer during practice but find yourself under-performing in competition, the most likely culprit holding you back is your mental game.
Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with one-on-one personal mental game coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
What are our mental game coaching students, parents and coaches saying?
“You helped me with my routine—it’s almost like it has a flow to it—you pull your club and boom you are into it. You should glide through the routine. It’s when you try to make yourself stick to a cadence; the routine feels out of sync. Helping me get into the flow of the routine has been a big help.”*
~Joe Durant, PGA Tour winner
“I think Dr. Cohn’s research with players, and studying great players, being around great players, and working with players, has given him the insights and the keys to what makes a great putter. Dr. Cohn’s instruction will help players of any skill level improve their putting.”*
~Grant Waite, PGA Tour Winner
“I am so grateful for your insights and experience. My focus is sharp and I feel relaxed but ready to meet whatever challenge comes up. If I make a mistake, I am able to let it go and move on immediately. You have really helped me allot to get back on track and get things going again.”*
~Suzanne Strudwick, LPGA Tour
“To play well, you have to believe you can play well. Confidence goes a long way in golf. Patrick has developed a great system for helping me improve confidence and my overall mental approach to golf.”*
~Brian Watts, 11-time Winner on the PGA Japan Tour