hangontight, on 10 April 2018 - 10:57 AM, said:
heavy_hitter, on 10 April 2018 - 10:40 AM, said:
hangontight, on 10 April 2018 - 10:28 AM, said:
heavy_hitter, on 10 April 2018 - 09:54 AM, said:
1.) A tournament practice round is just what it states. It is a tournament practice round. I usually take him a week to several weeks prior to playing the tournament. Will play multiple shots only if it is holes where there may be danger. He is playing a tournament coming up and there are two Par 5's he can reach with Driver/Iron. The tee shots and approaches are dangerous as there is water left on both drives and water surrounding the greens. He will take 3 tee shots from each tee box and 5 shots on each approach trying to get comfortable with both. If he isn't successful or doesn't feel comfortable the he will probably end up laying up. He uses multiple shots to instill confidence. They aren't difficult shots but water comes into play about 220 out and a little left and he can reach it. One of the par 5's is reachable with a 3i/4i, but there is water left of the green so you have to put it on or miss right. The other par 5 is a 7i/8i, but you have to carry onto an island green where the green is also protected be an 8ft high bunker face. Other than tough holes like these, we just play the rest of the course.
One of the dumbest things I have ever seen (happens all the time in AJGA and normally with girls) is hitting multiple putts from all over every green. It is about as irritating as it gets and is not useful. They may think it is useful, but it is not. If you get a green that may have a severe up slope or down slope, then yeah, hit a few putts. Putting for 10 minutes on every green for 18 holes is beyond stupid. If you want to practice putting, then go to the practice green.
We never keep score when he plays, ever. Only time he keeps score is when he has to in a tournament. He knows where he is in his head and that is it. Try to teach that score doesn't matter, playing golf and making birdies is what matters.
2.) We get to the course an hour and a half before tee time. Bathroom, loosen up, warm up. Usually spends more time in the bathroom than any part of the warm up. Chip/Chip/Bunker for around 10 minutes just to get a feel. Range for about 10 minutes just to get a feel. Putting for 15-20 minutes. Eat a banana or nuts on the way to the first tee along with drinking water. He does not like to listen to music. A lot of sports psychologists do not think listening to music is a good thing because depending on the music or the memories related to you subconscious it can have a negative effect. My daughter's college coaches allow music while practicing and doing drills, but on tournament days no head buds at the course. Practice rounds no head buds at the course.
Thanks for the response. At our level, most of the multi-day tournaments are weekend deals out of town, so practice rounds are limited to day before. Interesting on Never keeping score in practice rounds, I see your point. My son is very much a score keeper - always seems to want to know how far above or below par he is (really isn't too concerned with his competitors scores usually). Good that it sometimes motivates him to grind harder to get to a score, bad that it can be distracting from just playing. I may give the no score keeping method a shot.
The thing about keeping score in practice rounds is, how is it relevant? Does that mean that is what you are going to shoot in the tournament? I can guarantee you that it doesn't. I have seen my son/daughter play horrible the day before a tournament, then show up the next day and shoot under par. When you show up with lower expectations it is easier to play because you are free to play. By the same token, I have seen them play great the day before and play the first tournament round and play terrible. When you show up with high expectations you have them subconsciously and put more pressure on yourself to perform. If you don't keep score then there is no expectations.
Stopped keeping scores years ago because it was a cry fest/meltdown when he wouldn't make a par. Took the emphasis off of scoring even though he always knows where he is in relation to par. Also try to get him to not think in terms of bogey, par, birdie. Try to get him to focus on a number just being a number without it being relative to par. This is a very difficult task that takes maturity and he/I really struggle with it.
Agree mostly on the point about not keeping score , but my thought to keep score on practice round the day before the tmnt isnt driven by setting a score expectation ,its more about getting him in the right frame of mind - hopefully focused. I think sometimes the casualness of the practice round, especially if its with a buddy can carry over to tmnt morning.
We have found some success lately in setting tmnt round goals - i.e.. 2 bogeys & 3 birdies. Its not really expecting a 2 bogeys, but giving allowance for them if (when) they come. He is a pretty level player emotionally - no crying or tantrums after bad holes, but can get down on himself a bit after a really bad hole. He is a very structured kind of kid, so this approach as helped him to forget it quickly and move on rather than sort of give up or panic and start pushing too hard for birdies to make up.
Have you ever watched a Pro play a practice round? They do not keep score. They practice. They hit a few chips/pitches to certain hole locations. They will hit putts to the difficult hole locations on certain greens. Can't say I have seen them keep score. If they are playing money games, that is a different story.
I don't expect my kid to be focused for 4-5 hours on game day let alone during a practice round. They need to be focused for 30-60 seconds prior to every shot and that is it.
We try not to relate scores to bogey, par, birdie. We say the number. Par shouldn't be relative to tournament golf. It is a 2,3,4,5. The word can lead to positive and negative emotions. Want to keep the brain and subconscious mind at the same level. I/we struggle with this concept though we try. He sets goals for himself when he plays. One of them is to see how man Par (already struggle with that concept with this concept) runs he can go on during a tournament round. If you make a score higher than par then you are trying to start another par run. His goal is to get it at 3 or more. When ever he gives his score to a playing partner it is never Par, Birdie, Double and is always the number.
Edited by heavy_hitter, 10 April 2018 - 11:20 AM.