Dealing with Pressure

Whether it was the pressure to qualify for a major championship, tension for a few weeks to earn my PGA Tour card, finishing well to make the cut or to win a championship-we all need to learn how to deal with pressure and tension. When I got nervous or tense, I would tend to get quick and not finish my backswing, not get my lower body started first to start the forward swing, and/or my putting stroke would get quick and choppy.


I figured out a couple of things I could do to help me deal with the pressure and tension-hopefully they will help you as well.

Paul-relaxing-shoulder (1)ONE       Take a deep breath just before you swing. Inhale slowly thru your abdomen and exhale slowly as thru your mouth or nose.
TWO      Try to relax your neck and shoulders by lifting your shirt at the end of each your shoulders (ala Fred Couples) and feel like you are relaxing from your shoulders down thru your arms and hands.

THREE   Think about keeping your hands and arms “soft” just before the
Paul-half-way-on-takeawayclub starts back. Grip the club lightly and lightly sole the club on the ground.  Use the same method for putting-soft arms and a light grip may work wonders for your putting.
FOUR    To start the backswing: let your left hand, left arm, left shoulder and left hip start the club back together. Some players like Johnny Miller would even get their left knee and left foot in the act as well.
Paul-P-past-impactFIVE      Practice these tips on the practice tee next time you are hitting balls. Take twice as much time and hit half as many balls to help you incorporate them into your routine. Practice in the back yard at night or before you go to work. It will make a difference if you practice them over a period of time-not just one time! For one of your next golf lessons have your professional help you with this.

As always, we hope these tips will help you enjoy this great game even more.
Champions practice with purpose and patience!
When PGA Tour Players and top amateurs make swing changes, it can take days, weeks and sometimes even months for the changes to take hold and become comfortable and repeatable. When I played the best golf of my life (shooting many rounds in the low to mid-60’s), I got great advice from my instructors and worked many hours on the fundamentals of the game. The persistence and patience paid off!

Many golfers never reach their potential because they are looking for INSTANT IMPROVEMENT in their golf games. Unfortunately, MOST of the time this is not realistic!
Tom-and-Paul-at-TPCThere is no substitute for sound fundamentals, especially in conjunction with desire, hard work, patience, persistence and finally seeing your self being successful at the game. I hope this Purtzer Golf Academy tip will help you play some great golf in the near future.

Hit them long and straight!

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