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Something I do to help me out myself in pressure situations is a game I learned from Karl Vilips YouTube channel. He chips 10 balls from around the green to one hole, then has to putt all 10 balls in a row. He won't leave the green until he is at or under par (up and down is par, chip in is birdie). When you're standing over that 8th, 9th, 10th putt and all you want to do is to finally eat some dinner, the knees get a little wobbly. Has helped my short game obviously, but also my mental toughness.

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Play for $20 with only $10 in your pocket.

 

It's tough to create a pressure situation, the biggest thing you can do is just try and put yourself in more of them.  This is very hard to do when playing by yourself or with guys you don't know.  You have to create a consequence for your result.  Play for drinks, play for money, etc.

 

The other big one is to just try and enter as many tournaments, match play events etc that you can.  There's no substitute for experience.

what he ^^^^^ said! 

 

Nothing beats experience.  You just have to keep putting yourself into those situations and change your mental approach to it.  Don't concentrate on the outcome of the shot ... "well if I make this putt I'm only 1 down ... or this is for par."  Don't think of the score, just let your natural talent take over.  You know you can do it, just tell yourself you've done this a thousand times and this is no different.  

This is one reason why I don't write down scores on the card until after the round.  I remember the shots & the holes.  The more I look at the number & the scores I shot, the worse off I do.  "Well I know if I make par here I shoot ...."   I know it's a mental thing but I play better by just letting it happen & not thinking of shooting a certain number.  I always let someone else keep score on their cart.

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It may be tough for some people but honestly just finding someone at a similar skill level to constantly play and practice with really pushes you. Just having little gentleman's bets or trying to one up each other can do so much for your game.

 

 

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I'm the king of going to the range and looking like I'm a scratch player, hitting any shot I want, shaping shots and hitting targets, or playing any number of casual rounds, racking up PR's. All when it really doesn't matter.

 

But at a tournament, or even a close match play, my game folds like a cheap lawn chair. Sure there are times I've been able to turn it on, but more often I should add about 5-8 strokes to my game.

 

Does anyone do anything to prepare for this? More match play? A weekly league? Playing for money? Any games you play on the putting green or range by yourself or with others?

 

It's time I practice pressure situations and would love to hear what everyone does here, if anything.

Go out as a single. Ask in the pro shop to be paired with better players. We get way to comfortable playing with friends.

 

 

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It may be tough for some people but honestly just finding someone at a similar skill level to constantly play and practice with really pushes you. Just having little gentleman's bets or trying to one up each other can do so much for your game.

 

 

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Even better is to play with someone much better than you are. Watch what they do, how they hit the ball, etc. See how it becomes like a "walk in the park" as my father used to say. You start to pick up on things, mannerisms, etc. See how one shot doesn't define the round. Bogey 1 hole and turn around and birdie the next it becomes more of a mental thing between your ears.

 

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You might also check out a book by George Mumford, The Mindful Athlete. He's the guy Phil Jackson brought in to work with his basketball teams. Obviously, you are an intelligent man. I think with your analytical mind you'd get a lot out of it. I feel your pain.

 

 

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I'm the king of going to the range and looking like I'm a scratch player, hitting any shot I want, shaping shots and hitting targets, or playing any number of casual rounds, racking up PR's. All when it really doesn't matter.

 

But at a tournament, or even a close match play, my game folds like a cheap lawn chair. Sure there are times I've been able to turn it on, but more often I should add about 5-8 strokes to my game.

 

Does anyone do anything to prepare for this? More match play? A weekly league? Playing for money? Any games you play on the putting green or range by yourself or with others?

 

It's time I practice pressure situations and would love to hear what everyone does here, if anything.

Leagues, you have to play Week in and week out under some pressure. I've found they are great prep. That and money games with a group of guys not just your regular foursome.

 

 

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Leagues, you have to play Week in and week out under some pressure. I've found they are great prep. That and money games with a group of guys not just your regular foursome.

 

 

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This is great advice and think will help me a lot. I signed up for the men's league at my club, so am looking forward to meeting some of the guys and building some fortitude!

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All interesting hints but I would maintain that nothing prepares you for playing competitive golf like doing it, often.

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Agree with this.

 

If that's not an option, however, make your range practice as similar to golf as possible. Don't hit the same club twice in a row. Imagine tight fairways and small greens. Go through your routine on each shot.

 

It's very common to see people hitting the same club at the same target over and over. That's not golf!

 

 

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Games that build onto one another. Putting having to make a certain amount in a row. You will build pressure the higher and closer you get to the number for the goal. Same with other clubs. Having to hit a certain number of drives between two targets. The pressure comes from doing 4 in a row and having to put the 5th perfect before moving on. Doing over and over will help in times of pressure and stick to a routine.

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Play for cash and play for more than a couple dollars. You're a trial attorney, hear y'all make decent coin. I'd do no less than $10 a hole, $10 birdies and if you want, all the trash at $5 per

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I'm kindof the opposite from a driving range perspective. While I don't prefer playing from behind, I am a gamer running the no huddle offense.

 

One thing I focus on for all shots is my pre-shot routine. It helps me focus on each shot, one by one. Even on the driving range. I also spend time simulating my round on the range, the sequences of shots that I would need to hit before my round. Even the bailout or hero shots I would need to hit.

 

There's an old saying that it's you versus the course. I get that, but don't lose your edge towards your opponent. You can be too nice. You have to maintain an intensity and a focus towards the course and your opponents. Nice guys fold because they lose their edge. Make friends after the round whether you win or lose.

 

 

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I'm kindof the opposite from a driving range perspective. While I don't prefer playing from behind, I am a gamer running the no huddle offense.

 

One thing I focus on for all shots is my pre-shot routine. It helps me focus on each shot, one by one. Even on the driving range. I also spend time simulating my round on the range, the sequences of shots that I would need to hit before my round. Even the bailout or hero shots I would need to hit.

 

There's an old saying that it's you versus the course. I get that, but don't lose your edge towards your opponent. You can be too nice. You have to maintain an intensity and a focus towards the course and your opponents. Nice guys fold because they lose their edge. Make friends after the round whether you win or lose.

 

There's a line from Bob Parsons that I love, "golf is like a farting contest, you just have to be ready to $hi! your pants..." there's no harm in trying...

 

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I'd agree with a lot of the posts here

 

Yeah getting out and playing more will make you more comfortable

But you have to prepare for pressure as well

 

I coach throwers for a track and field team, so much like golf of something goes wrong in the throw there is nothing but yourself to blame.

It's you versus the tape measurer

 

Much like golf, where its you vs the scorecard

 

You have to practice pressure, but not just that. You have to practice your response to sudden change.

 

Give yourself one ball per club.

 

Plan out the shot you want to hit. If you don't hit it the first time, get over it and pick up the next club.

 

Now give yourself one ball with the next club. Hit the shot you want with the next club up. Force your mind to focus harder on the shot.

If it doesn't go the way you want it put both clubs away and start over with two different clubs.

 

Follow the same pattern

 

This moves you away from banging away, or waiting until you get the flight right. In competition there's no do overs for a missed shot and you have to be able to make a good swing after that miss, but you also have to be able to hit the next shot after a great swing and not let your chest puff too much.

 

Just some thoughts on how to teach yourself to respond.

 

"One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot - the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something."

--Peter Jacobson

 

 

 

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I see a lot of methods for replicating or creating pressure situations, but I think it's more important to have a go to method for dissolving the pressure and inner turmoil, so the stakes don't really matter.

 

I can't take credit for this tactic, but it works for me and translates to all sorts of situations; I tell my kids to use this technique as well at school, public speaking or performing, and it works for them too.

 

Basically I take a step back and consider the situation whether it's a putt, a drive, or a sensitive project at work. I view it as an opportunity to succeed, to do what I love to do, to show I am capable. And when faced with an opportunity like that, I know that I have to be grateful to be in that position because it's what we live for, right? It's why we do whatever we do! As soon as I adjust my perspective, the pressure dissolves, I am humbled, and I seem to be able to focus and perform.

 

It's pretty cool.

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So, as some people know, I am a strength and conditioning coach. Well, we have a saying, "motivation is assumed" as in, we are not here to motivate you. Your simply showing up means you want to be better. Every athlete that sets foot in my gym has the mindset of a competitor. They treat every rep with the same focus, determination and competitive attitude as they would a play on a football field. They are not just getting stronger physically with every rep, they are getting stronger mentally. Now, if your goal is to be a better player under pressure, there is no need to play for $20 with $10 in your pocket. You make it matter. 

Pressure is what you make it.

A person is capable of putting themselves under the same pressure every shot at the driving range as the winning putt at the US Open. Not every person though. So, how great is your desire to win?

 

Also, the putting in a circle thing works great too!

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I agree with Mr Dangertown if I am not misinterpreting his post. You have to be in a place mentally where the stakes don't matter. For me, I get there with humility and gratitude. Some guys go the other way with adrenaline and aggression. Either can work, but for me, and maybe with the feel required for golf, the former seems to be more applicable.

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What are your misses under pressure situations? Wild drives? Bad approaches? Short game?? If I had to guess, I would say your short game suffers because you get a little tense. Even if your other shots are not so good, your short game should be able to help salvage a round. I know most people don't practice enough 50 yards and in. Personally, I like that type of practice. I suggest that you practice more around the chipping/putting greens, and create some games that have consequences.

 

For putting, use the clock drill starting at 2 feet and don't stop until you can make it all the way around. If you miss one, start over. Keep moving further away. If you can't make it around, then move closer.

 

For chipping, chip to a hole or target until you can consistently get within tap in distance; don't stop until you do. Pick another target at a different distance and repeat; then alternate shots between them. I keep at it until I make one. Pitching from different yardages is similar.

 

For more pressure, challenge a buddy to a competition on these shots. The more you practice the short game, the more you will not feel uncomfortable with these shots under competition. Everyone hits bad shots on the course. What separates them is the ability to scramble and recover when it matters. Good luck!!

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You took the words right out of my mouth! 9 times out of ten it's short game inside 40-50 yards where the work needs to be done. But course management can make a huge difference. Many times we find ourselves letting our pride attempt shots that even pros simply can't make. So instead of chipping out a shot to that 40 yard range and keeping par possible and at worst, bogey probable--we ultimately sell out and the odds are not in our favor and we're in dbl/triple bogey desperation. Then we spend the next 2-3 holes pissed at ourselves for giving back 1, 2 or even 3 shots to the course because we let our pride get in the way of our confidence inside 40 yards after a little commitment to steady pre-round practice. One other note--whatever shot you choose--NEVER be indecisive. Whether it's a long approach, take-your-medicine chip out, or even a putt ... decide and COMMIT 1000%. if you're not committed to the shot, there are to many what-if's leaking into your mind, and in turn causing tension--and as we all know, tension and anxiety will turn a 2-over round into 6-over, with 7 holes to play.

 

1. SHORT GAME - Practice/Pre-Round wedges and short game works well for for all aspects of your game believe it or not ...

2. COURSE MANAGEMENT vs pride

3. COMMIT 1000% on the shot!

 

 

 

I hope that made some sense and helped!

 

Semper Fi fellas!

 

 

 

 

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You took the words right out of my mouth! 9 times out of ten it's short game inside 40-50 yards where the work needs to be done. But course management can make a huge difference. Many times we find ourselves letting our pride attempt shots that even pros simply can't make. So instead of chipping out a shot to that 40 yard range and keeping par possible and at worst, bogey probable--we ultimately sell out and the odds are not in our favor and we're in dbl/triple bogey desperation. Then we spend the next 2-3 holes pissed at ourselves for giving back 1, 2 or even 3 shots to the course because we let our pride get in the way of our confidence inside 40 yards after a little commitment to steady pre-round practice. One other note--whatever shot you choose--NEVER be indecisive. Whether it's a long approach, take-your-medicine chip out, or even a putt ... decide and COMMIT 1000%. if you're not committed to the shot, there are to many what-if's leaking into your mind, and in turn causing tension--and as we all know, tension and anxiety will turn a 2-over round into 6-over, with 7 holes to play.

 

1. SHORT GAME - Practice/Pre-Round wedges and short game works well for for all aspects of your game believe it or not ...

2. COURSE MANAGEMENT vs pride

3. COMMIT 1000% on the shot!

 

 

 

I hope that made some sense and helped!

 

Semper Fi fellas!

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, makes sense and great wrap-up of the proper way to go about things .. thanks for posting!

 

And, Semper Fi (youngest step-son working his way through PI boot camp, he WILL make it!, so I can say that back to you ).

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