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Issue 624 - September 2nd, 2020
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If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
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Tom's Featured Tip: Training For Pressure Golf

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Tom's Featured Tip: Training For Pressure Golf

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I coach a few people who had their club championships recently, and a couple of them shot scores that were way higher than they expected. Part of the problem is that they play casual golf all year long, then get thrusted into a tournament atmosphere.

Tournament golf at any level is pressure packed, and if you aren't prepared you have no shot at success.

They each contacted me independently from one another and asked why I thought that happened.

Here are some thoughts on training for pressure golf - like club championships, other tournaments, and big bet games.
  • Try to play under tournament conditions when you play, that means following the rules to a "T"

  • Try to play with players who are better than you. You will usually play up or down to the level of your competition.

  • Play the ball down every time you play in non-winter rules conditions, no preferred lies.

  • Make every putt, no gimmies ever.

  • When you practice have some sort of consequence for bad shots. For example, hit two poor shots in a row, do two pushups when you get home. Add them up at the range, do them all when you get home.

  • Another consequence could be that when hit two poor shots in a row, fine yourself $.50, and give the money to your significant other or your mom if you have no significant other, after your range practice.

  • At the range, 80% of your practice should be with your trouble clubs, 20% with your favorites.

  • When you play, fine yourself a dollar for every putt you leave short, then give the money to your significant other or your mom if you have no significant other, after your round. A pleasant side effect is how willing they will be to allow you to golf whenever you want, at least until your putting improves.

  • When you play, play for a little something - cash, loser buys beers, loser buys lunch, etc.

  • Put pressure on yourself and learn to thrive under it.
Your tournament nerves will evaporate if you do even a few of the things mentioned above.

Try it, you'll like it!


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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