We both laughed and ended that round on a high note. I was quite grateful for that gentle reminder! The next round I played was definitely more enjoyable and I believe that the steady breathing technique I applied also helped me staying focused, relaxed, and that led to playing better golf.
There are several breathing techniques one could do on the course, but my favourite one is the Long Exhale Breath. If you are new to it, I would suggest to practice it at home, as often as possible, so when you are on the course, you can apply it effortlessly, either while you are waiting or setting up for your next shot.
If you are interested in the physiology of that breathing technique, please refer to our previous post titled Under pressure?.
Long Exhale Breath
Breathe in for 4, hold for 2, breathe out for 6, hold for 2. If you can, breathe in and out of your nostrils. Modify the ratio to suit your own breathing pattern. For example, you could breathe in for 3 and breathe out for 6. As long as you are breathing smoothly, keeping the same rhythm, and making your exhalation longer than your inhalation, you are doing it right.
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