Paige Spiranac may be something of an open book to her Instagram followers, but not every chapter is as rosy as a social media filter.
During Monday’s episode of her “Playing A Round” podcast, the 27-year-old golfer was asked if she had any tips regarding the mental aspect of the sport, which led to her opening up about previous struggles.
“I have seen more sports psychologists than you will ever know. I have tried everything and anything,” Spiranac said, noting a past YouTube clip that touched upon a similar subject matter.
Spiranac then elaborated on three of her most important takeaways, ranging from breathing techniques to breaking down a golf scorecard into three sections. She also spoke about the idea of a think box and a play box, via Vision 54.
“When you’re behind this imaginary visible line, you’re in your think box. So, this is where you check the wind, you pick your club, you’re doing your practice swings,” Spiranac explained. “And then, as soon as you’re ready to go, you cross that invisible line and you’re in the play box. You’re not thinking of anything else other than the shot at hand.”
Spiranac appreciates this technique as it keeps her in the “present moment.”
“All these negative thoughts seem to come into your head, but if you have a clear goal in mind of, ‘I’m in my play box now, all I’m going to work on is this shot that I have,’ it seems to really help,” she said.
Though Spiranac has experienced professional lows, she keeps her game positive on social media, regularly sharing golf clips with her 2.6 million followers.
“I like giving this advice because I feel like it can be really helpful for a lot of people who are struggling,” Spiranac said, adding the best golf is played care-free.
“You get so in your head and you’re thinking about everything, and you’re trying to do too much,” she explained. “You play your best golf when you’re confident and you’re not thinking of anything. So you want to try to eliminate almost everything that you can, to not be thinking of your mechanics, or not thinking of all these techniques that you have.”
Spiranac also advised for those reaching a breaking point to consider stepping away for a time.
“I just felt lost,” Spiranac said of her past. “When you get to that point, maybe take a little bit of time off, that seemed to really help for me. And play for fun… Try to just have a good time out there, and you’re going to play so much better if you’re relaxed and calm, and laughing, and smiling, and not so focused in on what your score is.”