I played golf for the first time two weekends ago and played extremely well. The reason? I was relaxed. I used to golf a fair amount and was always focused on the outcome and on getting better. I practiced a great deal and really wanted that work I put in to translate in to better scores on the course. In reality what happened was that while my game improved technically the pressure I put on myself for results created tension in my game which hurt my golf score. Why did I play well this last time I played? simply because I was not worried about the result as I had not been playing and was just out to enjoy myself and to catch up with a good friend.