Phil's Video Book

Of all of the hazards, fear is the worst. SAM SNEAD • With fear, golf is no longer a manageable game . The golfer becomes preoccupied withwhere not to goandwhat not to do. The result being, as famed golf instructor Butch Harmon once said, “…we get so afraid of hitting bad shots that we don’t let ourselves hit good ones ”. • Fear stimulates the release of chemicals and stress hormones into the blood stream that trigger immediate emotional and physical responses. A golfer in a state of fear will suddenly find himself playing with a different mind and different body. He’ll feel tension in his body, the fairway will appear narrower, and the hole will seem smaller. • Fear does not go away through ignoring it. It goes away when you remove the stimulus. While you’re in the present moment, your mind is recounting what happened in the past and what might happen in the future. You have to learn how to continually return your focus to the peace of the present moment.