Do You Choke Under Pressure in Tournaments? Did Matt Kuchar choke during the final round of another golf tournament? Did he crumble mentally coming down the stretch at the Houston Open? Or did he just get beat by a couple of incredible shots from Jones? Would you start thinking that you choke under pressure if you let two tournaments in a row slip away? It's all a … [Read more...] about Will Kuchar Win at the Masters?
Performance Anxiety in Sports
Sports Performance Anxiety Have you ever experienced the heart-pounding, thought-racing, upset stomach feeling prior to competing? If you are an athlete, the answer is a resounding “YES!” That feeling is the monster named “sports performance anxiety” or pregame jitters that all athletes have experienced to some degree. If you allow the monster (anxiety about your sports … [Read more...] about Overcoming Olympic Anxiety to Win the Gold
How to Perform Under Pressure in Sports Many PGA Tour golfers attribute losses to the inability to manage pressure at critical moments during tournaments. For that reason, some golfers have a couple misconceptions regarding pressure: (1) Pressure is caused by challenging moments during a round and (2) Pressure is to be avoided at all costs. While it is true that excess … [Read more...] about Adam Scott on Performing with Pressure
Using Confidence to Overcome Anxiety in Sports Performance anxiety is the most common culprit for poor athletic performance. Many athletes feel they “choke” in the spotlight or often perform well in practice but unravel at competitions. These athletes suffer through common characteristics of fear of failing, elevated heart rates, accelerated breathing, tense muscles, … [Read more...] about Confidence is One Antidote for Performance Anxiety
How to Stay Focused And Overcome Anxiety Have you ever competed and suddenly were overcome by negative thoughts? You may have tried to not pay attention to the negative thoughts but no matter what, you couldn’t maintain your focus on your performance? You know that a lot of thoughts that can disrupt your focus and create sports performance anxiety. Memories of mistakes, … [Read more...] about Svindal: Lessons on Focus from Champion