On Enjoy pressure.... Hi guys. I think it is more about controlling tension - which is really energy. You can do amazing things when your energy and awareness is high but you can also tip over the edge. Saying to someone "relax or stay calm" doesn't help much.
I see amateurs frequently crack under the pressure after shooting a good 9 holes (everyone does now and then). We all need coping strategies for controlling the adrenalin which comes with these situations. Routines and swing thoughts that can keep that energy in check. You must learn what thoughts keep you calm and use them when the heat is on (no thy self).
Okay here is an actual coping strategy for keeping your swing in tempo whilst under pressure. I got in from one of Jim Flecks books years ago when I was breaking new ground in my early twenties. I am one who gets pretty "jazzed up" so I definitely need strategies for keeping that energy in check so I can and harness it for good! Okay under pressure and generally I used this swing thought/feeling for many years...
I try and see the club head throughout the swing. I actually make sure I'm conscious of the shaft and where it is on my transition. Pretty hard to follow it after this point but if you can be smooth on the transition that energy can be harnessed (you could say it is just proper sequencing).
What it does is it joins the club, brain and body together. If your inner eye can see that shaft on the transition everything will be working in sequence. It is like a "control rod". My actual words were or are - "see the club shaft coming down, see the club head coming down". Use this mantra whilst you swing back, Over and Over. Before you know it you have eased your mind off the pressure as you are occupied with seeing and feeling the club shaft coming down at transition. This has pulled me through many high pressure situations.
Try it out. Takes a little practice, but stick with it. Many of the greats have used similar swing thoughts to create this relaxed feeling from the top (Watson wants soft arms at the top and Bobby Jones tried to let his arms drop from the top).
If you have Any questions, let me know.