Whilst watching the Masters at the weekend, I saw Tiger Woods make a 10 on a par 3. The commentator was obviously as shocked as the rest of us but what I was impressed with was how Tiger went on to make several birdies after that poor score. The commentator talked about how Tiger has always used breathing techniques to improve his performance on the course. Yes, Tiger Woods is a phenomenal golfer but he is also a great example of demonstrating the power of controling nerves and anger through breathing.
By controlling our breathing we can control the rate at which our heart beats, the rate at which we inhale and exhale and ultimatly the way in which we feel in a given situation.
How do you feel when you walk up to the first tee? Are you nervous? Do you think to yourself, “I hope I don’t duff this!” or are you calm? I think most folks would admit to feeling some nerves on the first tee.
To help control the First Tee Jitters you could use Shivananda Breath. It is also known as the Square Breath. Let’s give it a go.
Inhale for a count of 4, pause for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, pause for a count of 4. Keep going with this and then return to your normal breath rate after 5 rounds. You should feel more calm and in the moment.
You can tailor the breath to a number that works for your lung capacity. The key is to feel relaxed during the breathwork. Try this before you head onto the First Tee and let me know how you get on!