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help me out!
i am having trouble, bringing my game over to the course...let me explain.
I hit perfect shots at the driving range.
260 yard drives.
Stick the flags from any distance out...on the range
I play in a tournament...and btw my handicap is 8....at the tournament i post scores of 91, 93...i am NOT that bad. NOT!
Now, b4 you say go practice, i can go out and play by myself and easily shoot +5 on 18.
I need help bringing my A game to the tournaments, it just seems i cant be consistent on the course during tournaments, including my putting, but BELIEVE me, i practice enough. Usually 2 hours a day during the summer.
I just have trouble bringing my talent to the course
Any tips would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks so much.
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Ahh - the weight of expectation! I would suggest you pick up a copy of Bob Rotella's "Golf is not a game of perfect", read it a couple of times and put it into practise.

 

Without more details it's hard to know why you're breaking down, but a typical cause is the reality of consequence on the course. On the range there is no fear of missing, as there is no consequence, so each swing is loose and free, with no excess thoughts floating aound. On the course suddenly everything matters, as you have to play all shots, both good and bad.

 

You know you're game is there as the range proves, but likely you can't bring it to the course, you just can't bring you're head to the course. Check out Rotella, and learn to let go...

 

Alan

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You know you're game is there as the range proves, but likely you can't bring it to the course, you just can't bring you're head to the course. Check out Rotella, and learn to let go...

 

Alan

 

I'd also reccomend Pia Nillson and Lynn Marriot's book Every Shot must Have a Purpose.

 

It's a little better than Rotella for the specific reason that it really helps you change up your practice routines to simulate on course activity. Their mantra is "practice like you play and play like you practice"

 

It's easy to get caught up in the whole drop and hit mentality, but how many times on the golf course do you ever hit the same club twice? Very rarely, only when hitting one OB or laying up on a par 5. How many times do you hit consective 8 irons at the range? My guess is pretty often.

 

I started practicing in the following way (unless I have a very particular swing thought I'm trying to engrain). I stretch out for five minutes, hit some short game shots and chips. Then I start with either my SW or LW and hit three consecutive balls with every odd or even numbered club in my bag. With each club, I pick three different targets and go through my full pre shot routine. Wether the shots are good or bad, after three balls I'm done with each club.

 

Once I finish with driver, I pick a specific target, and hit to it as if I was playing the first hole on course. I then hit my approach, and if it was bad I'll hit a chip or a pitch. Then I'll play the second hole in a similar fashion, going through my full PSR every time. Really breaks up the monotony and helped me. However it takes discipline to stick with it, especially when you're swing's not what you want it to be.

 

Hope that helps a little.

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