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Every year I participate in a the same few tournaments and it got me thinking - what do you do to prepare for the tournament round(s) ?  Do you practice more, play more, practice those shots you know you are going to hit during the round, practice your weakest shots to shore it up for the tournament study the course  and come up with a game plan or do you do nothing at all ?

 

Every year, I've approached the same two tournaments the exact same way -   I try to go to visit the range a few extra times to get the swing a bit more honed in. I also start  looking at the course map/hole layout, to strategize what clubs I want to hit to get to a comfortable wedge distance, and go in with a mindset that I can do what I plan.  It somehow goes out the window especially if I start off bad. 

 

Ultimately, the results are the same, I place mid-pack for the tournament.  

 

So what do you all do ?

 

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If it's the same course every time you play, make a note of the holes you struggle with and work specifically on the kind of shots that hole requires.  Also, try to play the course a few extra times. Usually before any tournament I play, I try to get on that course 2-3 times right before the tournament if possibly, just to get pretty familiar with the layout.  Another thing is to focus on relaxing.  That used to be a huge problem for me. Once I got to the point where I wasn't wound up so tight, I actually started playing really well in several tournaments. 

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Do you play your best in those tournaments with the extra practice? Is there a consistent time when you play better?

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Example: Rory showed up a week and a half before this past US Open and was awful. DJ showed up that week and learned it in 3 days.

 

For DJ all that extra practice and focus may make him worse

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Do you play your best in those tournaments with the extra practice? Is there a consistent time when you play better?

 

I'm a hacker so by definition my game is inconsistent.  When I practice more i was able to play down to a 7.8 index, but with kids and little time to practice, I'm floating around a 16 now.  This topic was more about what everyone else did to prep for a round and what worked and didn't work for them.  I may change it up this year though and not worry about placing in the top 10 :D  Who knows, that might be the ticket for me !

 

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I'd analyze why you ended up in the middle. Over the past two years I'd run into the same problem except I'd end up at the bottom. FYI this is the same course I play all of the time. I'd end up playing worse than then if I played with my friends or with my wife. It was a real bad case of the yips on and off the green.

 

1. Review my game: there were three critical components putting (too many 3 putts), chipping out of green side rough, and shots with a low percentage. On the first two the solution is lessons and lots of practice. On the last it's being realistic about my game (resulting in more lay ups than GIR)

 

2. Play in as many tournaments as possible to reduce the nervousness factor

 

Will that get me to the top of the leader board? Only time will tell but at least for me it's a logical approach

 

 

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I usually try to play a practice round, unless it's a private club and I can't get on. I'll make notes about the greens and what I want to hit off each tee, then force myself to acually hit those clubs. It can be hard to play conservative sometimes! I will also take note of any unusual circumstances. For example, there is one hole at my course where the approach will always require an extra club because of the wind even though you can't feel it. Just stuff like that. I also try to get in extra practice time to work on shots/clubs I am not comfortable with. I feel like my strategy is working okay. But on the other hand, maybe not really thinking about it would be more helpful. I don't know...

 

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I'm a hacker so by definition my game is inconsistent. When I practice more i was able to play down to a 7.8 index, but with kids and little time to practice, I'm floating around a 16 now. This topic was more about what everyone else did to prep for a round and what worked and didn't work for them. I may change it up this year though and not worry about placing in the top 10 :D Who knows, that might be the ticket for me !

 

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Haha, I did not see the hacker name.

 

When I play on tournaments I will try play one or two rounds by myself where I replicate tournament conditions. Everything from the breakfast to warm-up to the last putt. I'm going to be in my own head most of the tournament round so I don't like playing with any of my buddies who will be taking me out of that mindset.

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Over prep has definitely worked against me in the past, when I have charted too many specifics then get a different wind or firmness or set of tees than I anticipated. Then I get lost and a bit panicky, which is how Rory looked to me.

What has worked out best for me is being familiar enough with the course to know where the trouble is from the tee and to really think about where the hole location is relative to where I want to putt or chip from. In fact if I focus on hole location from the hole backwards I'm able to think through my shots more effectively.

As far as yardage to obstacles I find the Skycaddie watch to be very helpful in plotting out those shots.

Of course playing tournaments on a day when you have control of your golf ball helps as well :)

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A lot of tournament golf is preparing the mental game. In that context, one of the best ways to prep for a tournament round is to make it as much like your prep for a regular round as possible. Go through the same pre-round routine as on your 'no-stress' rounds and that can help settle the nerves.

Going in with a game plan is always a plus, but find a way to work that into the pre-round routine. Once I go through my regular warmup (putting, chipping, then full swing) I do a couple of rehearsals of the 1st hole tee and approach shots. That has helped some to reduce the first tee tourney jitters.

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I do the same as you with with some days of only putting and chipping/approach work mixed in. When I go to the range, I also try to do a bit more tee shot work with all the clubs I'm planning/thinking about hitting on the Par 4's & 5's.

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Great suggestions all!  I'm playing a solstice tourney (54 holes in one day) this coming monday but on a course I haven't played before ( I already looked at the course map and distances but that will be all the prep I'll do this go around besides a bit more focus during league this week.  Plus, I'm going into this tourney testing out the new Cobra F8 one length irons/ F8 Driver/fairway woods with only one round under my belt with them.

 

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For starters forget about what touring pros do in a major - they are professional athletes, in great shape, with a ton of shots to choose from - you're a 16 just trying to keep it in play.

 

So whatever you do don't over prepare!  The closer you can stay to your normal routine - the better.  I'm assuming these tournaments are on the same course so you know the course.  The only thing that I would really change is to play range practice rounds during your sessions for a couple of weeks prior to the tournaments.

 

The better approach would be to find ways to play more competitive golf.  No one is going to be sharp just playing a couple of tournaments a season.  Leagues at the course that you will play your tournaments on are a great way to accomplish that particularly if you can find a league with a stroke play component.  The mental toughness necessary for tournament golf is like any other skill, it needs to be practiced to improve upon it.  Mid pack at best is exactly what you should expect if all you do is play a couple of competitive rounds a season - this is a case where a money game with the same foursome doesn't help because that's comfortable - unless the money that you are playing for isn't. 

 

Good luck!

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I don't really play tournaments anymore. But I've played a ton through the years. So what did I do to prepare?

 

Basically nothing! I was already playing enough and practicing some. Mostly playing a lot. I already new the courses as I'd played these tournaments year after year. Most of the time except for the club championship these tournaments were partnerships and a low ball format. I just went out and treated my game like any other day. That being .... to play the best I could. Sometimes I did and other times I didn't. Same for everyone else in the field. We're all amateurs with jobs, family, etc. Guys sometimes try and make too much out these things IMO.

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Typically I really work on putting and chipping. I can't do much else to fix my swing a week before play.

 

I also make sure that when I'm on the course I continually check my mental game. This is usually where I lose most shots is following a bad shot with beating myself up and then having another bad shot.

 

Reminding myself that golf is all about playing bad golf as well as I can helps focus me back instead of being upset and compounding a problem.

 

 

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DJ was quoted as saying "If I can't learn a course in 3 days then I am in the wrong line of work".

Plus he has the help of a caddie taking extensive notes and walking every foot of the green. 

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The best way to prepare for a tournament is to play in more tournaments. The mind is a funny thing and under tournament conditions it is way different than a normal round. Golf is a game of misses. How you control your misses is the best way to lower scores. In tournaments your misses are more and usually more extreme. Generally what I do is focus on the shots I am struggling with at the time. Whether that's starting the putt on the line I am looking or hooking my long irons, I will focus on fixing those in preparation. 

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For me I always try and see the course at least 2 weeks before I play. I also will get on google earth and look at the course from above to see what and where the trouble is.

 

For my game I will practice my putting from 8' and in. If I am making those putts then I know my stroke is good.

 

As far as my swing goes I'm not going to change anything at my age. I know I hit a draw. And that's what I'm looking to do. I will practice my wedges though. 130 yards and in I will save myself and can score very well. This also gives me confidence that my swing is where it needs to be.

 

But most importantly is the mental game. You have to remain positive and remember par is your friend. If your struggling and can still make par it does a lot for your confidence and the rest of the round.

 

 

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Plans are great but is it realistic? I know for myself I can map a course out all I want, but I am very lofty in what I think I can do lol. I know that my 3 wood goes about 265 off the deck, the problem is I haven't hit if well off the deck in like 3 years. Yet I still heck my yardage and say oh that is a 3 wood and then I can go for eagle and it doesn't happen, but I do was smart and pulled out my 3 hybrid I know I can control from 230ish to 250 if I go at it would be the smarter play.

 

We all if we are honest know what we can do even in an off day but if we don't keep the 6 inches between our ears in control the beat plan is worthless.

 

Just my 2 cents

 

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Our City Championship is in August, so to start my prep I've schedule another lesson with my Pro. I will have been doing the original drills for about a month and a half, so then this will give me three weeks to take what he gives me to get them hammered-out before tee-time. I generally like to get the swing worked-out at the range with a medium bucket, then do 30 min of chipping, and 30 min of putting 2-3 times a week prior to a tourney. This has always been pretty good for me.

 

 

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