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“It was fascinating watching Sky Sports’ pre-final round interview with Florida-based Englishman Brian Davis - only a handful of shots behind the leaders but, it seemed to me, so lacking in belief in his ability to pull off a shock win."

Bob Warters is reflecting on Brian Davis’ physical appearance prior to the final round of the recent Players Championship. Davis, “Seemed locked in negativity compared to the smiling awareness of the other contenders like Rickie Fowler and eventual winner Matt Kuchar.”

Bob quotes Dr Brian Hemmings, resident psychologist attached to the England squad of elite amateur golfers who says, “Body language is something you can’t teach…But you can make players aware of it and suggest what it might look like by showing them on camera when they get angry and lose their rag for example.”

The best article I could find on the subject of body language in a golfing context comes from Gulf Weekly. And with the weekend just around the corner maybe something we should give thought to as we tee off.
Maybe it can’t be taught but we can work on being aware and looking for telltale signs of poor body language

The anonymous journalist writes, “Research has shown that when you look down it is conducive to thinking internally - you are more likely to dwell on emotions such as anxiety and anger…Awkwardly approaching a tee shot, fiddling in your pocket for tees and generally looking unprepared…Tentatively slumping over a 4-foot putt…Storming down the fairway with your eyes firmly fixed at the floor…And the list goes on.”

As to improving one’s body language. “By keeping your head up you will be thinking more externally, a state which is not conducive to thinking about emotions, helping to keep all those negative thoughts at bay.”

Here’s the link to Bob Warters and the Gulf Weekly
Quote of the Day
"Walking the walk -The body language a golfer displays on a course can affect one’s self-confidence and opponents. Research has shown that maintaining the correct posture and eye contact with an opponent reduces how confident the other feels about performing well in a sporting setting." - Dr Paul McCarthy Chartered Psychologist, Glasgow Caledonian University


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