Learn how to win
By mustang6560 on 6/7/12
The secret to winning, according to scientists at Caltech and University College of London, is to learn to care less about losing.
There is something poignant about this deconstruction of choking. It suggests that the reason some performers fall apart on the back nine or at the free-throw line is because they care too much. They really want to win, and so they get unravelled by the pressure of the moment. The simple pleasures of the game have vanished; the fear of losing is what remains.
In the study, which was published in Neuron, the individuals who were the most loss averse performed the worst because they were too afraid of losing. Seems logical enough, right? I know in my experience, the moment I realized I was on pace to break 80 for the first time, I started to focus What happens if I don't break 80?, and sure enough, I fell apart and ended up carding an 86.

If you've got a few minutes, I highly recommend that you read the entire article. It is fascinating to say the least. Plus, you may learn how to become a winner in the process.

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
Someone send this to the Miami Heat hurry gm. 6 tonight!!!
bducharm says:
LOL @Banker!!! This is the crux of what is in Bob Rotella's book Putting Out Your Mind!!! Putt like you've already been conceded the putt!!!
srogers13 says:
Banker, remember, when talking about Miami and Basketball, it is not the Heat, it is the Stupidity.
bkuehn1952 says:
I wonder if during the testing of "How to Win" if they had any subjects that attempted to cheat?
Tim Horan says:
The issue with concentrating on one part of your swing mechanics resulting in a break down in the swing - perhaps that is why before you get any benefit from a golf lesson you invariably get worse first.
ppinkert says:
I know that once I leave the mental pre-flight check list for my swing at the driving range my game goes a lot smoother.
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