Kenny Perry: Well, you’ve got to welcome the nervousness. To me, I never did welcome it, I never did enjoy it. And I still get nervous, but I know for me when I’m nervous, it means something. And that’s a good thing. Not a bad thing.”
What suggestions do you have for amateurs to transform performance jitters?
Zach Johnson: I would hope they have butterflies and that means something to you. Golf is a sport, it should require some jitters and emotions to get your body going. If you’re often pretty stoic you may want to reconsider a different endeavor.
But I think the bottom line is that golf is really, really hard. So, let’s have an expectation of just having fun, hitting solid shots during the social aspect of it, and the enjoy fact that you’re outside playing a great game.
Cink: I think the number one thing that young adults between the ages of 21 to 25 — my own kids are right in middle of this age group — is to learn that you’ll perform better if you remove the attachment to needing to perform. If you set everything up in your life where you are pursuing the same thing all the time, without the focus on golf performance, your performance will be better.”