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What's your Achilles Heel?

No matter what your sport, or at what level you compete, everyone has an Achilles Heel - an annoying weakness that prevents you from performing at your best. Being aware of what it is, can be just as frustrating as the issue itself. Having well intentioned friends telling you "its what holds you back", doesn't help the situation either. So if you would like to know how to take back control, then read on...........

The most effective way to eliminate this niggle from ruining your game, is by facing it head on. But not in the heat of competition, instead by incorporating into your practice regime. This way you remain in control whilst developing a strategy that eliminates it's power. 

Let me give you an example - Lets say slow play drives you crazy and whenever you are faced with having to wait on shots, you find your game implodes.

Taking this scenario, next time you're at the range, include forced stoppages in your practice. If you're practicing with a friend get them to decide when to stop you from hitting shots. Or alternatively if on your own practicing, increase the frustration levels during that stoppage time, by forcing yourself to do something you hate doing just for a minute or so. This should recreate the annoyance that you feel when playing in competition.

Once your frustration level mimics what you experience on the course, try some techniques to remove the anger - such as taking in a deep breathe and exhaling slowly, as you do so force the anger out with the breath.

You will eventually discover a solution that works for you. Doing this as part of your practice routine, depletes the power of the issue and gradually over time it will disappear into a distant memory. If you would like to find out more about these techniques please contact me by simply clicking here

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