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    Posted: 02 September 2005 at 9:50pm
Yuraway has been kind enough to inquire about my
recent tournament results, and since I have been
away from the forum for two weeks I will now
belatedly share my results.

The first tournament was the USGA Women's
Mid-Am qualifier in Modesto. I did not qualify, and
found that my distance is not what it needs to be to
compete at a national level.      I usually play at
5,000 feet, and this course was at sea level and
much longer than I typically play, and the fairways
were wet with no roll! I was very disappointed with
my driver play off the tees - a high fade all day which
was too short for the course.

Next I had the women's championship for northern
Nevada, a two-day tournament in Reno. Out of a
field of 74 I finished T-3. Although this is my best
finish ever in the years I've played in this tournament,
I was disappointed that I didn't do better. Again, the
driver was my weak point, as I wasn't always able to
reach greens in regulation.

Finally, I had four days in Las Vegas for the
statewide women's championship. Along with 107
degree temperatures, the course again played long
for me because of an inconsistent driver. I finished
12th in this field of 52.

The thing that bothers me about these tournaments
performances is that I felt I was hitting acceptable
drives on the practice range while warming up for the
tournament. Yet when I played the tournament round
I did not get the same results. Perhaps the
confidence and trust is not there yet. I may have
been sliding my right hip into the ball instead of
turning. I may have been tilting instead of turning. I
imagine that the problem may have been clear to an
observer, but in the heat of competition it's hard to try
to fix anything.

I am defending my club championship next
weekend, so I don't want to get all mental and
worried about my driver play during that tournament.
Does anybody with a lot of tournament experience
have suggestions for how they manage their head?

I don't want to sound overly negative in this post,
because I had respectable results in these
tournaments, but I just KNOW that I'm capable of
doing better.

BTW, my putting was very good and that helped me
out on the score a lot. I have been practicing in a
3-foot circle as some of you suggested in other
posts, and I found that this drill helped me a lot.
Thank you for the idea!
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nvgolfer:

I, too, struggled on the back nine of of our club championship.  After playing well on the front 9, I hit some poor shots on the back and fell behind the leaders.  I started worrying about my score and my swing.  On 18 I concentrated hard, hitting a good drive and 6 iron to 12 feet. I then tried too hard to make birdie and three putted from 12 feet.  I've learned through trial and error that my best golf occurs when I  stay in the moment, hit each shot to the best of my ability, and not worry about results or score.  How many times have you played your best rounds when you forgot about score and concentrated solely on each shot?  Good luck in your tournament and, most of all, HAVE FUN!!!
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tallg:

Thank you for sharing your experience, I appreciate
your comments. You are right on the mark when you
point out that some of the best rounds happen when
the score is forgotten. I will try to enjoy the
tournament and not worry about the outcome - one
shot at a time!
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Originally posted by nvgolfer nvgolfer wrote:

tallg:

Thank you for sharing your experience, I appreciate
your comments. You are right on the mark when you
point out that some of the best rounds happen when
the score is forgotten. I will try to enjoy the
tournament and not worry about the outcome - one
shot at a time!


Hi, NV,

First of all, you really did have some respectable results in your recent tournaments, but I fully understand your frustration and disappointment at not having done better.  I admire your unwillingness to accept less that you believe yourself to be capable of.  After all, that is what motivates us to practice and improve.  I remember an interview with Curtis Strange a few years ago.  The interviewer was questioning him on his well known tendency to be hard on himself on the golf course and if his high expectations of himself weren't inimical to his play.  Curtis replied that being hard on himself -- having high expectations -- is how he got where he was in his career at that point -- two time US Open Champion.  If we aren't going to be at least a little disappointed at not winning any tournament we enter, what's the point in entering?   If we aren't determined to do better the next time out, what's the point in even playing?  Golf is an individual sport.  Motivation has to come from within, not from "school spirit", or a sense of belonging to a team, or from "taking one for the Gipper."  You've got the drive, girl.  You go!! 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chuck Quinton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2005 at 5:46pm

nvgolfer,

Many, many golfers struggle with taking good drivers from the range to the course. On the range, you usually don't get too fixated on your landing area as there are no consequences. But when we get on the course, we narrow our focus, which is good, be we tend to tense up as well for fear of hitting the ball somewhere we don't want to. It usually starts right from the beginning with the preshot routine. If you are tight during your setup, trying to get yourself perfectly square or lined up just right, you will tend to get tense. Let yourself flow a bit more, don't get tied up in your address or alignment if you sense that it tends get you a little tense compared to how you address the ball on the range. If you find yourself getting tense on the course, imagine that your standing on a bluff over looking the ocean and just swing away. It doesn't matter where the ball goes when hitting in to the ocean, so it frees up your mind and body to swing just as you do when you're hitting good shots on the range.

Keep competing and hang in there.

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Chuck, thanks for your encouragement and advice.  I like the mental image of standing on a bluff and hitting into the ocean.  That is the more free feeling one gets when hitting on the range.  It certainly feels a lot different on the tournament tee sometimes!

I should follow up my earlier post by reporting that I DID defend my club championship earlier this month, and swung the driver very well in an interclub match play event the following weekend.  I guess I let the August tournament pressure get to me this year, but now I will be stronger and more experienced the next time.

I definitely will continue to compete!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Magic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 September 2005 at 10:27pm
Originally posted by nvgolfer nvgolfer wrote:

I should follow up my earlier post by reporting that I DID defend my club championship earlier this month, and swung the driver very well in an interclub match play event the following weekend.  I guess I let the August tournament pressure get to me this year, but now I will be stronger and more experienced the next time.

I definitely will continue to compete!

Congrats, nvgolfer!

Regards,

Magic

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