Do You Choke Under Pressure? What does it mean in sports psychology terms when I talk about “nerves” in sport? If we use the term, “nerves of steel,” we are referring to a mindset: the courage that enables athletes to perform in the face of danger, difficulty or fear. Some athletes who excel in critical situations become highly touted for their ability to steady their … [Read more...] about Do You Have Nerves of Steel?
Athletes Who Choke
Golfers Who Choke Under Pressure No golfer wants to choke during a tournament. Golfers fear that dirty five-letter word. Choking is not only painful for the person choking, but it’s also hard to watch players collapse at the end of a tournament. Do you remember Rory McIlroy in the 2011 Masters? He had a four stroke lead going into the final round and he shot an 80 to finish … [Read more...] about Dufner Learns from Major Choke to Win 2013 PGA
Pressure of Winning Did the pressure of winning cause pro golfer In-Kyung Kim to miss a one-foot putt that would have won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and her first major championship? Kim, who only had a tap in to win, could have hit this putt with her eyes closed, but performance anxiety and winning could have cause enough tension to miss her line. Here’s the odd part … [Read more...] about I.K. Kim’s Big Miss: Did She Choke?
Pressure in Sports Did Ernie Els choke on the final holes of the 2012 Transitions Championship? Allow me to set up the scenario. With three holes remaining in the tournament, he was one shot ahead of the field. If he shoots par, emphasize IF, on the final three holes he wins the tournament. But one poor shot on hole 17 and a couple missed clutch putts and he finishes tied for … [Read more...] about Ernie Els Loses at Transitions: Did He Choke?
Why Do Athletes Choke in Competition? I think athletes choke because they are too worried about results and what will happen if they fail or embarrass themselves. For example, golfers don't want to get ridiculed for missing a short one on the 18th hole to win the match. Basketball player don't want to miss a free-throw in the final moments of the game and lose the game. A … [Read more...] about Why Athletes Choke Under Pressure