7 Ways to Calm Your Nerves While Playing Golf
How to Manage Anxiety Out On the Golf Course
There’s nothing like the thrill and excitement of stepping onto the golf course. The sun shining, the birds chirping, and the gentle breeze welcoming you to the green.
So if everything is so perfect out here, why do nerves start creeping in like an uninvited guest at a party? The answer to that question is different for every person, but the solutions to golf anxiety are universal.
In this guide, we'll share seven tried-and-true ways to keep those nerves in check so you can enjoy your game to the fullest. So, let's tee up some relaxation techniques and conquer those golfing jitters like champs.
Control Your Breath
Imagine you're taking a sip of your favorite drink – smooth and steady, right? Well, the same goes for your breath.
When those nerves start tickling, take deep, slow breaths to calm your mind and body. Inhale the tranquility and exhale the tension; always inhale and exhale through the nose.
If you can control your breath, you can control anything in life, especially golf nerves.
Change Your Perception
If you take a step back and compare the feelings associated with nervousness and excitement, they’re identical.
Butterflies in the stomach. Increased heart rate. Faster breathing. Sweating.
Your body and mind have the same reaction to being nervous as when you’re excited, and switching the flip in your head can do wonders. Instead of thinking you’re nervous, change your perception to think you’re excited. Your game will go into overdrive and you will become unstoppable if you commit to this mindset.
Between all of the walking and swinging out under the sun, golf is a very dehydrating game - and dehydration can absolutely wreck your confidence.
When you’re dehydrated, you get confused, irritable, dizzy; it can even be hard to complete thoughts. These symptoms will only worsen your golf nerves.
On the other hand, staying hydrated will keep your mind sharp and confidence up. Always bring along a water bottle.
Stick To Your Routine
Visualize the Best Outcome
The power of intentional visualization can not be understated. When you don’t intentionally visualize the best outcome while under pressure, your mind will visualize the worst outcome by default.
It’s only common sense to take control of how you think the shot will play out instead of letting your mind run rampant with what could go wrong. Control your breath, control your thoughts, control the outcome.
Eat Healthy Before the Game
Let's talk fuel – we're not suggesting you become a nutrition guru, but a well-balanced meal before the game can work wonders for your nerves.
Opting to load up on sweets will put you in the front seat of the sugar crash roller coaster, and gobbling up loads of fried or processed foods before a game will make you sluggish and cloudy. Both situations only worsen your golf nerves.
Before heading out to the course, opt for wholesome foods like fruits or vegetables that keep your energy steady throughout the round. These foods are also easy to digest and will help to keep your mind sharp as a tack.
Flexibility is key, both on and off the course. Incorporate some simple stretches into your pre-game routine to loosen up those muscles and ease tension, and regularly stretch off the course to develop a more relaxed posture.
Don’t know where to start? Check out the vast library of Golf Fitness Videos from RYT-500 yoga instructor, Lauren McMillin over at our partner company, GoGolf365.
Why am I experiencing golfing nerves?
Experiencing golfing nerves is entirely normal; the pressure to perform well and the desire to excel can trigger those anxious feelings. Don't worry – it happens to even the most seasoned golfers. Embrace the nerves as a sign that you care about the game, and try some relaxation techniques to turn them into positive energy that fuels your performance.
How do I stop tensing up in golf?
To stop tensing up, try focusing on your breath and keeping your grip relaxed. Incorporate some simple stretches into your pre-game routine to loosen those muscles. Remember, a loose and fluid swing leads to better shots.
Is golf good for anxiety?
Absolutely! Golf is a fantastic stress-reliever and can be a calming escape from daily worries. The serene environment, fresh air, and green scenery create a soothing ambiance. The game's challenges also keep your mind focused, leaving little room for anxious thoughts. So, tee up and swing away those anxiety blues on the fairway!
There you have it – seven ways to calm your nerves and make the most of your time on the course.
Remember, golf is a journey, and those nerves are just part of the ride. Embrace them, breathe through them, and use our relaxation tips to stay cool, calm, and collected.
Now, go out there, enjoy the game, and may your swings be as smooth as a gentle breeze on a summer day.
Until next time,