Anytime we experience Fear there’s a physiological change in our bodies. We go through what experts call the fight or flight response – our heart rate increases, adrenaline gets released in our blood stream, we experience a shortness of breath, etc. All because of fear.
Why is this important to know? Because how you perceive the Golf course will determine if you experience these symptoms on the golf course, which lead to other problems. In other words, perceiving water as a threat can lead to a variety of swing changes such as added tension, deceleration, pulling out of the shot, etc. These are byproducts of fear, not flawed swing mechanics.
So overcoming fear starts with putting things into persepctive . You have to remind yourself this is only a game, not life or death. I know that sounds funny but most people need this perspective. For example, when there’s water nearby you can acknowledge the water, but you have to see the water for what it is, not as a threat. What’s the worst thing that happens? The Ball goes into the water. Who cares?!
What you need is a new mindset. It starts by seeing the golf course differently. The key is never seeing anything as a threat. See things for what they are and keep your composure, no matter the circumstance.
The next key is a routine. A Routine keeps you focussed on the shot you want to hit, rather than on the shot you want to avoid. A routine also predetermines the amount of time you spend over the ball. If you didn’t have a routine you might end up standing over the ball for too long thinking about all the ways to avoid the water. Try this simple tip: address the ball, take two looks at the target, and swing. Apply this for every shot no matter the circumstance. Sounds simple but it works.
So remember, how you perceive things on the course can have a dramatic effect on your game. To make Fearless Golf swings you can’t see things as a threat. Then, develop a routine and stick with it no matter the circumstance.