WATCH: Golfer loses his cool, nearly decapitates his mates

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Losing your cool on the golf course is taboo for a reason.

Granted, we have all seen pros go off the deep-end at times. But let’s not compare the pressure cooker of the PGA Tour to a round at your local with your mates.

Nobody likes this sort of thing.

Bad shots happen, accept it and move on.

Maybe learn to laugh at yourself.

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How to stay calm on the course

When you’re nervous you tend to breathe quicker and your pulse rate rises without your knowledge.

The American Institute of Stress states that taking a deep breath is the most effective approach to fight stress.

A deep, soothing breath activates the body’s relaxation response. Your heart rate will decrease, your breathing will return to normal, your blood pressure will drop, and your muscles will relax.

You’d be surprised how much taking a deep breath before each swing may enhance your game.

Before you get too wrapped up in visualising every stroke, you must balance it with living in the present moment.

Getting ahead of yourself may be harmful, and it might cause anxiety over holes you haven’t even played yet.

To calm your anxiety on the course, take one stroke at a time. If you’re not yet on the green, don’t stress about getting the ball in the hole. Instead, concentrate on getting the ball from where you are now to where it needs to go next.

Tell yourself that the current swing is all that matters. This will help you to unwind and not worry about what may happen next.

There has been a lot of research conducted on the effects of chewing gum on the brain.

The results are compelling enough to convince any golfer that a pack of gum is an essential piece of golf equipment.

One research examined a group of 50 adults over the course of 14 days. During the trial, half of the participants were asked to chew gum twice a day.

After two weeks, individuals who chewed gum reported much lower levels of anxiety and despair than those who did not chew gum.

Chewing causes chemicals to be released in the brain, which calms individuals. It is thought that your brain understands that if you are eating, you are not in danger.

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