Here's Today's Nick's Golf Game Tip... Eliminate First Hole Jitters.
There's no doubt about it - the first few holes of a round can be stressful. A great first hole can do wonders for your round, while a bad one can set a negative tone for the next 4-5 hours. Sometimes there’s even a small gallery of people watching on the first hole making it even MORE nerve racking to step up to that tee shot.
Smart golfers know that the best way to eliminate the negative thoughts and emotions that bubble up during the first few holes of a round is to replace them with positive ones. Here’s a few tips to help you do the same:
Make a plan. Instead of focusing your mind solely on your first tee shot try coming up with a plan for how you will play the first few holes. Most importantly think about the POSITIONS you want to put yourself in and what shots you will have to hit to get there. If your plan involves hitting 3 or 4 of the best shots of your career all in your first few holes it might be time to dial that plan back a little bit. Starting your round with high percentage plays that you know you can nail will do wonders for your confidence.
Don’t get suckered in. When you’re lining up the first few approach shots of your round it’s extremely easy to get suckered in and shoot right for the flag stick. The problem? Many times those pins have been set to punish players who hit anything less than a perfect shot. The solution? Aim for the middle of the green on your first 3 holes. If you get hot with your irons later in your round you can start shooting for those tough pins. Otherwise just focus on getting your ball on the green.
These tips will help you replace the first hole jitters with the calm and confidence you need to get your round rolling in the right direction.
To Your Game,
Nick's Golf Game Tips
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