Hey guys, Dale Ketola, we're out here at the Grand Dunes Gold Performance Center, and we're going to talk about nerves on the golf course or first tee jitters. It sounds too simple, but what's going to get you through that is being prepared, being prepared to hit whatever shot that you're trying to hit. You're going to have a plan for whatever shot you're trying to hit. You can be a 30 handicapper or playing in a competitive event.
You want to have a plan for what you want to do. After you have your plan you want to try and commit to that plan, and have a routine that you can rely on that's going to get you comfortable to hit a shot. Then you've got to breathe. A lot of us will forget to breathe. Sounds too simple and it's like, well you know that's not going to work because it's too simple, but it really works.
I played in the 2015 Professional National Championship and I felt like my routine was as good as it's ever been and I felt comfortable the whole time in an intense environment. What I like to do is whatever shot you're trying to hit you want to go ahead and try and plan that before you pull the club out. Figure out the wind and all that stuff, get really detailed in where you think you might want to land the ball. After that you're ready to hit the shot. I like to kind of stand behind it, pick out something on the ground that's going to help me start the ball on the line.
I'll take the club face and kind of align it there. I never stop moving, as you notice a little waggle. I'm thinking about where this ball's going to go as I swing. If you can occupy your mind with what you want to do, where you want the ball to go, pretend that you've already hit the shot before, you won't have time to think about seven or eight different swing thoughts, which is what gets you nervous in the first place is trying to be perfect and trying to do all these mechanical things when you play golf. It's okay to have one swing thought I guess, so if that's part of your routine, you want to try and emulate something like that as part of your routine that's great.
If you don't have a routine you should get one, and if you need help with that we're here to help you. Look us up and we'll take care of you.