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Golf: Simple advice from a golf coach, suitable for any player. Lesson 6:
Today’s advice is extremely simply and definitely one every single one of you is capable of doing. Just before you start your swing, on every type of shot, have a slow, relaxing breathe out. Sometimes you’ll be amazed at the relaxing effect this can have, especially when you’re faced with a shot that you’re particularly anxious over. Tension has a habit of creeping up on us, and it’s not until you have this breathe out that you realise just how tense you were, and tension doesn’t help with golf shots at all.
If you ever notice yourself being tense whilst stood over the ball, the best thing to do is to back away and start all over again. I know this is easier to say than do, and you feel like you’ll be holding everybody up. But in the long run, you won’t have to do it very often and overall you might even save time if the shot turns out to be better than it would’ve been, had you not backed off.
Today’s lesson: Have a relaxing exhalation just before or just as you start your shot. If you are feeling tense over a shot, back away and start again.