Mental Game – Breathing

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11 Responses to “Mental Game – Breathing”

  1. February 10, 2014


    David, is this something one does during the pre-shot routine, at address, during the swing or is it just periodically during play? Anxious to give this a try (it may even help me relax at work???).



    • February 11, 2014


      he SAID on the VIDEO,on the range in between shots and during play add it to your pre shot routine

      • February 11, 2014


        Tim, I guess this provides confirmation to my wife’s theory that I DO NOT LISTEN attentively. Thanks.

  2. February 10, 2014

    Steven D

    Great advice, David. I can’t wait to try it at the range. One question, however: why is it not called the “3-1-5 breath?”

  3. December 6, 2016


    Greetings coach thanks for all the great info. Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and all your clan.

  4. December 8, 2016

    JohnC. Dawes

    Dave, I like this exercise but I am not sure if i should be thinking about it during my swing. Do I take the club back duing my inhale and swing through on my exhale? What is your thinking on this?
    John Dawes

    • January 9, 2020


      I don’t see any answer to this question. I have the same question

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      January 9, 2020


      Don’t overthink this. During the swing, you are breathing naturally, unconsciously if you are already relaxed.

      If you are trying to “figure out” when to breathe during the swing—that would disrupt a smooth golf swing. Leave it alone..AS LONG AS YOU’RE NOT HOLDING YOUR BREATH!!!

      If you notice you’re holding your breath–you are definitely TOO TIGHT and losing power, accuracy and consistency.

      Breath, as directed in the video, to SET UP relaxation–THEN LEAVE IT ALONE.

  5. January 9, 2020


    I noticed the other day at the practice range that I was holding my breath. I don’t know how long I’ve had this habit but it definitely wasn’t helping my swing and it was really wearing me out. This is the reason for my inquiry. Not trying to overthink this but needed a method to intentionally follow in order to break my habit of holding my breath. As soon as I started exhaling on my downswing I could feel myself relax and the result improved

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      January 9, 2020


      ok…looks like you answered your own question.

      Exhaling on the downswing is fine if it helps you. Exhaling is the release of tension which increases power so it “works”

      Re: holding your breath
      it’s usually a subconscious habit tied to tension/excitement/overtrying to swing the club.


      DURING your PRACTICE SWING…rehearse inhaling..then exhaling on the downswing. Then when in address…check in–maybe a final “swing thought” “Am i holding my breath?”
      If so–just give a nice/easy out-breath and release the tension–SMILE–THEN BEGIN YOUR GOLF SWING.

      Let’s see what happens!!!:) 🙂

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