Train Under Stress for Better Golf Results
I spent a sabbatical year at the Johnson Space Center here in Houston, Texas at NASA. My task was to study pressurized conditions. Performance under pressure. Astronaut teams, how the cooperate and how the perform motorically. How they can execute their jobs under pressure, under micro-gravity, stressful conditions. How to get the job done. We learned a number of lessons that are very useful for golfers. The lessons are, train under circumstances that exaggerate, that inoculate you against stress.
Practice Tough Golf Situations and Inoculate Stress
Typically when we practice our short game we fluff the ball up, we have a good lie, we are feeling nice, all hydrated, there are no distractions, we chip the ball or pitch the ball close to the flag and we keep hitting those balls over and over again. That kind of practice is not likely to improve your short game. It is not likely to produce a player who is tough under conditions. It is much better to practice when it is windy, when it is raining, practice off of bad lies, play a two ball game playing your worst ball. What we call stress inoculation. Inoculate yourself against stress by creating conditions that are more extreme than conditions you are going to see in that club championship.