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I often see golfers who work really hard to improve the rhythm of their golf swing, particularly the rhythm of their transition, they’re sequencing everything really nice and everything looks good. But under certain spotlights, their transition and their tempo changes quite aggressively and they actually start rushing. And I think for some golfers, when they’ve worked on that tempo and they’ve worked on that transition, they think that that’s it and it will always be good.

But actually under the pressure of competition out on the golf course, things can change. And often the things will change with the driver the most. So the driver’s probably the club that we experience the pressure. Quite often it’s pressure because we’re on the first team and we’ve got a group of people stood behind us, we’re right near the club house windows or something like that. Quite often, the pressure will be that we’ve got a narrow fairway. Sometimes the pressure is simply that your three friends have just hit boomers straight down the middle and you’ve got to try and keep up or you feel like you’ve got to try and keep up, should I say.

Then we start to see golfers who have these lovely smooth and relaxed practice swings with great transition and suddenly when they get to the ball, the transition changes, everything gets too fast and there’s a complete whiff of the tee and there’s ash out. Now it might be that serious that you actually missed the golf ball but often golfers who don’t transition smoothly and efficiently will definitely have not complete swings and worse shots than the normal transition. So it’s really important that we get that smooth, relaxed rhythmical transition even under the most pressure.

So when you start to feel the pressure building, maybe it is that crowd of people that are starting to make the heartbeats a little bit quicker, just focus really intensively on your pre-shot routine and certainly keeping that pre-shot routine really relaxed and really mellow. So you might stand back behind the golf ball, pick our target line and be super relaxed as we do that, taking the extra big deep-breath just to really relax. Then as we set up, we focus on a smooth back swing with a nice slow but efficient transition to a balanced follow through position. Then when we go and hit the golf ball, we keep that same smooth transition.

And that should see the golf ball flying down the middle with a very relaxed smooth tempo. And if your transition can be as good in practice as it is under pressure on the golf course, then hopefully you’re on your way to hitting better and straighter tee shots.