Here’s an interesting bit of information, on average PGA pros make 80% of their money in only 20% of the events they play. This implies that playing great golf for an extended period is hard to accomplish even for the best players in the game. Because of this reality, tour pros and juniors alike are wise to select a handful of tournaments during the year in which they attempt to play their very best golf. For competitive junior golfers, the list of important tournaments often includes national and state qualifiers and tournaments, high school playoffs, and events with strong fields.
Below are some of the most important keys to performing best when it counts the most.
o Eat and stay hydrated the day before the tournament and especially during the rounds.
o Get to the course early enough to go through a regular warmup routine.
o Check the weather so that the right clothing and supplies are packed.
o Compare the prevailing wind and the conditions to what was experienced in the practice rounds and confirm strategy or make any necessary adjustments.
Important tournaments require more thorough preparation than regular events. I would suggest that in addition to the steps outlined above, you seek the advice of your son or daughter’s golf coach to help get your child in top form for a big event.
Jeff Isler shares his observations, insights, and experiences on the game of golf and those that play it at a high level.