How Breathing To Relax Can Help You Play Better


GOLF’s new performance columnist Dr. Greg Cartin is the founder of GC3 Performance Consulting based in Belmont, Mass. He works with PGA Tour players and athletes of all levels and ages.

From a psychological perspective, I’ve seen clients who actually become more anxious when they deliberately alter their breathing. Think about what would happen if you tried to alter the way you walk, consciously focusing on each and every movement and step. Your normal, smooth gait suddenly becomes awkward and cumbersome. Same can be said for controlling your breath. If you’re looking to relax, breathing’s a good place to start.

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