Super Bowl composure

Feb 10th, 2011No Comments

I love football and the Super Bowl is great because the whole season comes down to one game. This is where the pressure would be at its highest. I enjoy seeing how these elite athletes perform under the scrutiny of millions of fans. What I like most about the game between Green Bay and Pittsburgh was how Aaron Rodgers handled himself. He seemed composed during the game which allowed him to stay relaxed and react to the action. There were a couple of times he got frustrated, but he didn’t allow the frustration to effect the next play.

As golfers we aren’t playing under Super Bowl pressure, yet why do so many golfers lose their composure on the course. The answer I hear all of the time is, “the shot was bad and I didn’t like it, so I got mad”. Coaching the mental game is not about being happy with poor shots; it’s controlling your emotional reaction to the shot that is key. Aaron Rodgers was not happy when his wide receivers dropped passes or the defense gave up points. He didn’t allow those moments to escalate to negatively impact his performance. He moved on, focused on what was relevant for the next play. Composure is actually a more powerful emotion than anger. It shows you are in control, you can handle anything that comes your way, and you are ready for what is next. Composure starts with awareness of how you are defining a situation. Remember you don’t have to be happy with a poor shot, however you want to use self-talk that leads to moving on to what is in your control. The last shot is gone, you can’t change it. You can only change your response to the shot that will ultimately change your performance on the next shot. Have the goal for your next round to be composed like Aaron Rodgers.

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