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Best Advice for Big Tournaments?

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Bomber_11Bomber_11 Enjoy the Chase.ClubWRX  3588WRX Points: 163Posts: 3,588 ClubWRX
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Hey fellas

finally got the nerve to enter the state amateur.

what’s everyone’s best advice to handle the nerves, pressure, mindset ideas, strategies, etc.

it is 3 days (54 holes) on a course I’m vaguely familiar with.

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  • LokiLoki Members  1308WRX Points: 245Posts: 1,308 Platinum Tees
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    You're good enough to enter the state am and you are asking questions like this?

    HAVE fun.

    PLAY golf.

    HAVE fun.

    DON'T overthink it.

    HAVE fun.

    Never played in one but have played in enough tournaments to know that if you don't enjoy the experience, you won't have fun and therefore you won't play well.

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  • b.heltsb.helts Members  3291WRX Points: 797Posts: 3,291 Titanium Tees
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    Be prepared but don’t work yourself into a frenzy.

    Practice execution rather than working on positions.

    All rhythm all the time.

    Set attainable goals that have nothing to do with score and everything to do with commitment and execution.

    Have a boatload of fun!

    and breathe! A Lot.

  • goaliedad30goaliedad30 Members  110WRX Points: 126Handicap: 4Posts: 110 Fairways
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    It's golf. Play golf. In terms of prep, have a plan for how to play each hole, and generally stick to it. Also remember that there is only ONE shot you can deal with: the next one.

  • ArtMBgolfArtMBgolf Members  574WRX Points: 127Handicap: 8Posts: 574 Golden Tee
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    You could try to treat it like an ordinary round.

  • skailehskaileh Members  79WRX Points: 33Handicap: 13.3Posts: 79 Fairways
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    Played my first tournament a week ago and my front 9 and back 9 were night and day because despite usually being a totally relaxed player, I let the nerves of playing with a partner who was counting on me add artificial pressure. I typically putt to a +3 handicap and I missed a 2 foot formality putt because I was so tense. Eventually I calmed down and played great golf for the rest of the round. If you find yourself caring what others think about your shot or thinking about anything that adds artificial pressure (hazards, etc.), have a thought process to literally shake that from your mind and totally relax and you’ll play great. And a couple just generally helpful things: work on partial wedge shots the night before, map the course and have some general course management strategy in mind so you are hitting your most confident clubs into the greens, and FULLY commit to every shot.


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