When we are faced with a tight driving hole, our adrenaline levels spike, tension levels explode, and confidence disintegrates. Revisiting the notion of the “second shot syndrome,” we can make every fairway seem as wide as an airport runway.
Most amateurs, if given a second try at a particular shot will hit a much better shot on their second attempt. What plays a part in this “second shot syndrome?”
A substantial contributing factor is the level of physical stress golfers experience after a missed shot. Once the shot is struck unsuccessfully, the performance pressure is instantly gone. They let go of the fixation to the outcome of the drive and experience less tension in the mind and body. Their attachment to the ball finishing in the fairway is gone. The second ball is thrown down, the muscles are more relaxed, their mind is quieter, and there is direct access to the fluid motion that leads to a successful shot.
When faced with a narrow fairway, never fear. . .freedom is here! Remember tohit your second shot first.
Dodie Mazzuca is the author of “Golf Sutras: Lessons for Transforming the Mental Game with Yoga’s Inner Wisdom” and founder of Golf PROformance. She teaches golf lessons, golf yoga workshops, and Mindfulness for Golf programs in Santa Cruz, CA