A few days ago I was in line at a local Starbucks. Behind me there were two men in suits and ties talking golf. Whenever I hear the word golf, both my hearing and focus gets a little better.
They were talking about how Jordan Spieth has recently been dominating the sport and how stressful it must be for him. “There’s got to be a lot of pressure on the 18th-even with a three shot lead” one of the men on the line stated. The other man replied and said: “No way! He’s been playing competitively for years-he’s fine!”
Let’s just say the latter comment isn’t necessarily true-even for the number 1 golfer in the world. “Your blood starts running; you get nervous; you get the adrenaline. For golf, when that comes up, that exhilarating factor, you have to learn to control that for an extended period of time.” Jordan might seem like one of the more relaxed guys out there on the PGA Tour, but that doesn’t mean his first drive, his last putt and shots in between doesn’t get his heart racing a bit.
Former number 1, Rory McIlroy who will undoubtably give Jordan a run for his money this coming season also gets pretty nervous. Especially during the Masters. “The first tee shot of this tournament is the only shot I get nervous about these days. You get butterflies and your heart races a little bit. I still get that feeling that I got when I was a rookie.”
So take what two of the best golfers in the world have stated and remember that even when your heart is racing and your palms are sweaty, it’s normal and most importantly it’s an exciting rush that you should feel fortunate to be able to experience.