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How To Prepare for a Golf Tournament

How To Prepare for a Golf Tournament

If your experience with golf tournaments is largely based on seeing established players on TV, then you might be left with the impression that it is easy, and that a tournament does not have much difference from a regular casual afternoon game. That’s really the issue with watching the pros – they make everything look easy. Success at a golf tournament largely comes from the same kind of skills you use during a casual game, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few nuances that need to be considered. Here are a few of the most important tips to take advantage of for success in a golf tournament.

Time Your Arrival

Having your head in the game is one of the most important factors during a golf tournament, or any sporting event for that matter. Everyone has their individual process of how they summon the necessary focus on the day, but many make the same mistake that hinders them – poor timing for arrival. Those who think that arriving at exactly the appointed hour is most efficient, often end up rushing more than would otherwise be necessary. If you’re just getting out of your car 15 minutes before your time to tee, then you are likely to still be catching your breath when hitting that first shot. You are not likely to show your best performance under those conditions. Conversely, if you are the anxious type that arrives a couple of hours early, then instead of giving yourself time to focus, you’re giving yourself a lot of waiting time, making yourself increasingly anxious while idling. Arrive at such a time when you’ll have enough time to get ready, and another 15 minutes to gather your focus. 

Learn As Much As You Can About the Course

You don’t get to choose the locations of the tournament, and practicing at those locations prior may not be a realistic prospect. Nevertheless, having even the most basic understanding of the course’s layout and landscape can help you develop an approximate strategy. First, use Google’s satellite images to get a sense of the layout. There are also tools that allow to measure distance on these images, which will give you a sense of the kinds of clubs you’ll be using on the course and will generally improve your distance control on the day. Another way to research is to look at images taken by other players of when they were on the field. This will give you a better idea of how steep certain sections are and how deep the sand pits.

Golf course
Golf course

Don’t Overthink It

Most of us are not professional golfers and our careers don’t depend on the success during a tournament. Taking it too seriously is what will likely make it stressful and less enjoyable for you. The idea is to inject more excitement of competition into the sport. So many golfers feel obligated to arrive at a tournament with tricks up their sleeve, special techniques or some other nonsense. Ignore all that and have fun. Thats why you got into the sport in the first place.