You may not know it, but your Conscious Mind gets tired of figuring things out. Like, do I need a new set of clubs? Or should I get the old ones re-shafted? Maybe a new putter would help. Maybe some lessons. Why am I so inconsistent?
Round and round your Conscious Mind goes, trying to figure out what's wrong with your golf game. And while searching for what's wrong, you go to the driving range and practice hitting shots, beating balls, trying different swing fixes.
Guess what? You're at the wrong practice facility!
You should be reinforcing the mental techniques of relaxation in "Own The Zone" TM (http://ownthezonegolf.com). You need to practice the mental part just as often as the physical. Because " if you don't use it, you lose it."
I get many letters from clients who've had great initial success with my mental techniques, but later reverted back to their higher golf scores. When I ask them if they were practicing and reinforcing these techniques, they confessed they weren't.
The best part of practicing my mental techniques is that you don't have to go anywhere special or spend any money to do it. You can practice these techniques at home, before you go to sleep, before you get up from bed, at work or even in a car. One client tells me it does wonders to diffuse his anger at bad car drivers!
Ok. Here's one technique:
Take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds. And on the exhale think, "Peace, Harmony, Relax, Relax. Do this two more times. Your body will enjoy the deep breaths and also the words. They're soothing and the combination of the deep breaths and the words will immediately release any mental or physical tension. Practice when you feel neutral or when you're feeling stressed. Once you've created this technique as a habit, you'll find that it will work like a charm to release stress on the golf course. But it must be practiced so you'll remember to use it.
You can also use this technique during your pre-shot routine. Use it while you stare at your target, whether it's a drive, a fairway wood shot, an iron, a wedge or even a putt. Your eyes will create a trustworthy pathway to your target especially when you release built-up tension. You can practice this when putting on your living room rug. Trust is the key with this technique.
You don't have to go to the driving range. Because your brain is the one practice facility you take everywhere with you.