Tom Watson: How To Handle Pressure

Try these tips when you're feeling the pressure.

Released on 4/8/2015

Transcript

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I had the chance to ask The Wee Iceman,
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as they called him in Scotland, a question,
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the answer to which I'll always remember.
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That question was, Mr. Hogan, how nervous did you get
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when you were playing in a golf tournament?
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And his answer was, Tom, I got so nervous
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I was jumping out of my skin.
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And to me, that confirmed that we all get nervous,
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No matter if it's the great Ben Hogan,
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or you playing for a dollar Nassau.
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One of the things I found myself doing early in my
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in my career when I was choking, and not competing well
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at the end of a golf tournament,
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was that I was walking too fast.
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And I was also rushing my decision-making,
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and also was rushing my golf swing.
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What helped me the most, was a tip that Byron Nelson gave me
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and also Lanny Wadkins, said, Tom,
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when you're under pressure, walk just a beat slower.
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That ties in with a tip that a man
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sent me by letter one time, he said, if you swing
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with the thinking of the term Edelweiss in your mind
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edel- weiss, like this
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edel-weiss, like that, you will get your rhythm back.
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