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Use emotions in golf purposefully

Negative emotions can affect the performance of the golf course. Therefore, it is important that you become aware of the triggers of the emotions and then turn them into positive energy.

Emotions affect your performance

What emotions do you feel on the court? And how were they triggered? Were your emotions triggered by aspects of golfing? Did private and professional aspects play into these emotions? Do you experience emotions like pride, anger, anger, depression and nervousness under your skin? Can you control and regulate your emotions on the pitch and in training? How do you manage to shut down your negative emotions? How can you make good on bad punches?

Empirical findings clarify the connection between mental processes, emotional and physical well-being as well as behavior on the level of action. Emotions and behavior influence each other.

Emotional control is a key skill in golfing. After all, our emotions have a strong impact on how we deal with other people in the flight and events on the course, and thus on the outcome.

Good self-management spares your nerves!

Create distance

If you overpower the anger about botched bunker strikes and blows over the water again, you win as soon as possible distance. Make yourself an uninvolved spectator who observes unhindered by strong emotions and analyzes the problem situation. Take a deep breath and pretend to watch a movie on TV.

Other mental tips include: Relaxing, performing alternative storylines in the headcinema for anxious situations or those with a negative feeling.

Define an affirmation (positive, empowering soliloquy) or a keyword for situations with a negative feeling. For example: "rest" or "I am calm".

Write down anger triggers, write down solution options, and free your mind of emotional stress by writing down. Mentally experience the situation like a story that you are telling someone in retrospect and work out a solution to the problem. With this trick you qualify the supposed drama.

Anyone who relaxes mentally and emotionally after a mistake or a bad blow does not dive into the typical negative emotional spiral that often results from frustration and anger.

Pay attention to proper deep abdominal breathing (instead of flat chest breathing). As you breathe in, your stomach lifts, and when you breathe out, it lowers. Extend the exhalation.

It helps to learn a relaxation technique, such as progressive muscle relaxation, and also to apply on the field.

Humor, joy and fun, the visualization of a sense of achievement, a positive stroke or a beautiful place (rest picture) or the memory of a positive round of golf are other ways to bring yourself into a good state.

I wish you a relaxed and joyful game!

Also read:

How negative thoughts worsen your performance

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