Hello everyone… Playing your best isn’t just about the swings and strokes you make on the course. Not only do you need to make good shots, but you also have to have the rest of the package. Here’s some advice I lend my students as they approach competitive rounds. Use this advice to score your best or win the tournament you covet most.
1.Go with what you’ve got.
As you get closer to your event, it’s time to accept your game for what it is and play to your strengths. Example: If you tend to slice the ball off the tee or with your irons, stop trying to fix your slice now. Play it by aiming down the left side of the fairway (or green) and fading the ball back towards the target.
2.Make meaningful practice strokes on the greens.
Every putt you face is critical, so get into the habit of dialling in the right touch with a focused preview (practice) stroke until you can almost see the ball roll at perfect speed to the hole. Once your stroke feels right, step into the putt and repeat your preview stroke.
3.Develop an “I can make this putt” mentality.
If you don’t feel this way already, flip a mental switch and start turning your attitude around. you don’t have to make every putt to win. You just have to putt better than your competition does.
If you get nervous, start tossing a ball into the air and catching it. Use this to remind yourself about what you can, and can’t, control. You’re in control of your swings and your strokes, you can’t control good and bad bounces, wind, spike marks, and the rest. Nerves are normal and should be embraced.
While belief alone won’t make you win, believing in yourself will at least let you play your best and put you in the best position to pull off a victory.
6.Learn from the experience.
Once your tournament is over, reflect on where your game needs improvement. Take a good look at your scoring for the tournament and notice where you lost strokes. Then plan to address your weaknesses during the off-season.
There you have it. Wether its your club championship or your sunday four ball, having the proper frame of mind and getting some solid practice, you’ll be in good shape to go out and win. Until next time,