Ever wonder why a few deep breaths can have such a huge influence on performance? When a bowler is feeling pressure, the sympathetic nervous system kicks into high gear, triggering the famous “fight or flight” response. This increases tension in the body, which is counterproductive to an effective release. Even a single deep breath can counteract this tension, as it lets the body know that everything is okay.
Incorporate at least one deep breath into your pre-shot routine, either while waiting to step onto the approach or as you assume your starting position, to help relax your mind and body. The breath should be fairly long and slow; allow your belly to expand, and don’t raise your shoulders. This triggers a more relaxed state, helping improve your chances of coming through under pressure.