Trying to play good golf is something that everyone will try to do. But when it comes to those who have a taste for competition play, one of the difficult challenges is to play your best golf in a golf tournament, and to start competing further up the leaderboard. This isn't just a challenge for amateurs, however, as there are many professionals who are very good on the practice course, or in lower profile events, but have a habit of struggling when it comes to the bigger tournaments. And for others, it can be a case of losing composure when they find themselves towards the top of the leaderboard.
One of the big things that many golfers talk about is that, it can become difficult to stay loose when thinking about the position in the golf tournament, and the pressure can cause tension to come into the muscles, and the quality of their overall golf game can drop significantly. Some recent examples of this have happened to Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who both went in to the final day of a major championship with a significant lead, but subsequently got tense and had a bad last round of the day because of the stress and tension triggered by the situation.
However, looking at Rory McIlroy's most recent major championship win, it is certainly possible to overcome the tension and find ways to deal with these stressful situations, and the same techniques can be used in order to help club players to deal with golf tournament play. One such technique that certainly helped McIlroy, and can help those who are preparing for their own golf tournament is to have a fixed routine when it comes to every shot, and to start with one distraction that allows them to get loose and to relax before taking the shot. Some people may use the dot of a magic marker or a sticker for this distraction, but really, this can be almost anything, and really can lead to results in the golf tournament.
Although it is much easier to say than to do, trying to play your natural game is very important when it comes to playing in a golf tournament. And this again is very much to do with the routine leading up to every shot. By focusing on the play rather than on the leaderboard in the golf tournament, then this can really help to center the mind and take the tournament out of the equation.
Ultimately, there are many players who will never be able to overcome the pressure of playing in a golf tournament, and will always find that their best round happens on a morning when there is no one else around, much like many of the hole in ones that are scored around the worldwide. However, by being serious in their approach to a golf tournament, and taking the same techniques as the pros, then it can often be possible to improve how they deal with the pressure.