Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tournament Practice - Taking a Break Playing a Golf Scramble Best Ball Tournament

I took a break yesterday from my regular practice to play in a scramble best ball tournament.

Every now and then you need to do something fun and enjoyable instead of steady focus on the work.

During the scramble I was paired up with a 3 gentlemen from a minor league baseball team franchise.  The neat thing is they were the General Manager, Director of Marketing and Directory of Graphics.   They played great golf and we enjoyed the communication of what goes on in their lives as professionals in the baseball field. 

During the tournament I still practiced though I didn't have to focus as much as I do when I practice and play in regular tournaments.

The warm up for the tournament I still used my same warm up drills as I would for a regular tournament.  Some things I don't change.

  • Stretch
  • 52 degree wedge half shots (warming up my body)
  • 52 degree wedge
  • full shots
    • draw
    • fade
    • trajectory (different flight paths)
  • 8 Iron
    • full shots
    • draw
    • fade
    • half swings
    • 3/4 swings
    • trajectory (different flight paths)
  • 5 Iron
    • full shots
    • draw
    • fade
    • half swings
    • 3/4 swings
    • trajectory (different flight paths)
  • hybrid
    • full shots
    • draw
    • fade
    • stingers
  • 3 wood
    • full shots
    • draw
    • fade
    • stingers
  • Driver
    • draw
    • fade
  • 60 degree wedge
    • full shot
    • half shot
    • flop shot
    • low trajectory
    • high trajectory
    • fade
    • draw
  • Chipping around green
    • pitch run
    • chip
    • flop
  • Putting
    • 25 foot range lag putting
    • 6 foot range
    • 3 foot range
This is my normal warm up for tournaments.  Some things I just don't like changing routine on.

One thing I have learned is that to have a good game and swing you have to learn to have the same routine for every practice and swing.  All swings should look and feel the same with no changes if possible.   

The more it becomes part of you the more it becomes intuitive.

Now for the Scramble Best Ball Tournament.  We had a wonderful time.  Everyone played fairly within their own strengths.  I enjoy these kind of tournaments for I can experiment  in different situations attempting shots that I have been practicing on and not worry if they go array.

As a group we ended up 7 under par and in third place.

Like I stated at the beginning, sometimes you just got to have fun and relax and take away from the focus and grind.

Until next time, take it easy and don't worry about the small stuff.......

3 comments:

  1. There are some things you really shouldn’t change, be it in practice or in tournaments. It’s just one way of ensuring that you’re always in perfect form on all your swings and keeping your game up.

    Jeni @ Winning Ways

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  2. Taking it easy and playing some casual games from time to time do help with relaxing while still keeping up with the trade. And I agree with keeping your warm-up routine, regardless if it’s a casual game or a tournament. Using a shortened routine during casual games may cause your swings to feel different come tournament season, and that can be detrimental to your game.

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  3. I agree with Jeni. The problem with changing your routine, or not bothering to do them when you’re going for a casual game, is that you either mess up your shots in that said game, or even worse, mess up your shot in an actual tournament. Having a practiced, steady warm up routine can help your body recall and act as a calibration method before you get on the fairway for that first shot.

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