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How to prepare for a tournament?

Postby coogs » Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:56 am

In one month, my state will be holding its amateur championships. It will be the first tournament I have entered.

What kind of training routine or program would help me get ready for tournament play?
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Postby AciDBatH666 » Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:21 am

I dont really prepare at all for tournaments. Other than i work on my putting a little more. In the tourney you'll learn a few things, Driving long isn't where the money is. "Drivin is for show, puttin is for dough"
One thing I realllllly try to work on in tournaments, is sticking to safety shots. If you play a safe round and try to end up as close to your normal score, you'll find that you'll do pretty well. When im stuck in the woods, I dont try crazy shots thru 1 foot wide holes in the trees or no crazy stuff like that.

Even if it means taking a stroke just so i can lay up a predictable putt, Im gonna play it safe so I shoot 1 over instead of 3 or 4.
If you play a consistant game, you'll see others who are trying to take highly improbable routes make the mistakes and lose strokes on you.
This is how I play in tourneys, and i find I shoot 2-3 strokes under my average game.
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Postby Thatdirtykid » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:56 pm

its hard to work on but the mental game. Dont try to play catch up too much. (similar to sticking to safe shots)

practice pressure situations if you can, play w/ people at or above your skill level if possible, possibly w/ some $ on it.
if you get frustrated after a bad throw, or tough luck, avoid throwing w/ out having your focus back.
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Postby Fritz » Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:03 pm

The week before a tournament I Play the course the tournament is on, as much as possible. I practice my putting more, I increase my current 300 a night routine to 400-500.

The day/night before the tournament, I relax, watch some TV, hand wash each of my discs with cold water, clean out my bag, put in the tournament essentials and go to sleep around 11pm.
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Postby Thatdirtykid » Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:25 am

I wish I had the $ to go to enough tourneys to develop a ritual (this job change really drained any spare $ I had)
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Postby jHarr » Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:15 am

realize you can only control your own game...
you need to whistle and smile after a birdie or a bogey...
what is behind you is no matter...
play some catch to warm up, then imagine you're playin catch in the round...
take a breath before every shot, then relax and do what you know how to...
every shot is the tourney- but you can't beat yourself up for a bad one, they happen...
it ain't about being good so much as its about not being bad...
look around, you're playin golf all day with other like minded fools- have fun!
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Postby TexasOutlaw » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:33 am

I played my first tourny in ages a few weeks ago. I prepared by playing for 4 hours the day before. Bad idea, I am not in the correct shape to practice that hard then play a tourny.

My gf got on my case; she stated that I payed 15 bucks to play on a free course. I did come in 4th which I guess is good.
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Postby Weebl » Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:50 am

Thatdirtykid wrote:I wish I had the $ to go to enough tourneys to develop a ritual (this job change really drained any spare $ I had)
You don't need $ to get a ritual going. Thread talking about focus, pressure, ect. Once everything is lined up don't "make the shot", you want to "excecute perfect body movements" which translates to the perfect throw.
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Postby Thatdirtykid » Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:29 am

i was talking more in refrence to fritz's comments about washing his discs and stuff the same before all his tourneys, not about how I play.

and as for Texas paying 15$ to play on a free course, tell your GF youre lucky, the cheapest Ive seen a tourney in CO is 28$ for advanced (non sanctioned), but theyre usually around 40$
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Postby Weebl » Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:50 am

Thatdirtykid wrote:i was talking more in refrence to fritz's comments about washing his discs and stuff the same before all his tourneys, not about how I play.

and as for Texas paying 15$ to play on a free course, tell your GF youre lucky, the cheapest Ive seen a tourney in CO is 28$ for advanced (non sanctioned), but theyre usually around 40$

Ah, my fault.

$40??? Come on out to California... $10 for unsanctioned events. All Divisions.
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Postby Thatdirtykid » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:49 am

sounds like a dream ;-). When I have the money to compete I usually feel I got my moneys worth between player packages, Prizes and fun and all...
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