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Gamesmanship good or bad
I've played in a few match play events at my club and since we all know each other, gamesmanship is expected and encouraged but what about in a bigger tournament?

I'm playing in the CGA Match Play Championship in June and don't want to cross the line BUT I also don't want to be a pushover.

Any tips from you experienced players? What are some things I should watch out for from my opponents and also do you have any gamesmanship pointers for me?

Thanks.
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remember you are out there to win, not act like his/hers mother! good etiquette is essential, so no coughing on the backswing, but do what you have to to get the job done. for example, if he is edgey over short putts then make him knock them in unless it is withing 10" or something. try to get your opponent agitated about the way you play (like Nick Faldo to Rory) because he will then lose concentration on what his task is!

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Paul from the BBIV....Classic!!!

 

 

On a tight par 4 where driver was not the play....His opponent had the tee, and he immediatly grabbed for his driver. Guy (his opponent) sensing that he was going to hit driver pulled out his own, and promptly drove it into the garbage. As soon as Guy hit the ball he switched by his hybrid. He never had any intention of hitting driver, just wanted to make Guy think he would have to make a move to keep up.

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There is a similar story like that from a US Amateur Qualifer playoff at Oakland Hills (the North Course) a few years back.

 

The guy's name was Whit Staples and he figured out that the playoff was going to be at even par, and the first playoff hole was the first hole, a blind dogleg right that is driveable, but no one thinks to drive it. During his second round, he tries to drive it, and figures out the line necessary to drive the green.

 

Fast forward to the playoff, it is an 8 for 1 playoff, and Whit is the sixth man to tee off. Everyone pulls out their 5 or 6 iron to lay up, and when it is Whit's turn to play, he pulls out his driver, and proceeds to drive the green. The next two guys have to try and drive the green, but they were so taken aback by the fact that someone tried to drive the green, they weren't looking for line, and both miss the green badly. Whit makes his birdie, and then promptly goes to the next tee, where the USGA guy has to go and get him and tell him that he won the qualifier - because Whit fully expected one of the other 7 guys to make a 3.

 

-Thomas

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Take your time! You can throw off your opponents rhythm by stepping back from a few short putts just to make him wait a little longer and think about his putt more. Same goes with the tee box, take a few swings, step back, take a few swings, step back, then play. If you do this at each tee box he will get a little peaved and rush his set-up. Just remember, frustration is deadly to a golfer.

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