Many athletes hold themselves back with a comfort zone. What is a comfort zone in sports? A comfort zone is a mental barrier that limits what you think you are capable of and is hard to shake. A comfort zone is a problem whenever an athlete is playing better than expected or is in uncharted territory when competing.
The first step is to recognize the signs that a comfort zone might sabotage your mental game: If you get nervous, anxious, or afraid when playing better than expected. If you “sit on your lead” and play defensively or afraid to risk. Or if you “protect” your score and do not want to blow your lead. These are signs that a comfort zone is holding your back.
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