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    big game ahead - finding the balance

    So big competition tomorrow where ideally, I'd like to score about 32 points upwards in Stableford as a minimum. Trying hard to find the balance of just relaxing and enjoying the game ie my life doesn't depend on it against the fact that I like to put pressure on my game as I feel I play better and I need to score well.

    in the league, I'm 7th out of the 11 places who will qualify for the final and I'm surrounded by good players! So I need to make sure that I stay in the top 11.

    I'll try and go there with a simple game plan, play each shot as it comes, safe play against going for pin, not getting too downhearted/angry if things don't go well etc. But i'll also go for it where I can say on the 2 shot stroke index holes.

    Played last Sunday 33 points. and practised this week. So feel ready.

    But how do you all cope with the pressure or finding the balance? how do you focus when playing in comps? What is your mind set when it comes to comps?

    Thanks, any useful tips or advice appreciated.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Seriously, I think you are overthinking this. I remember you posted about this a while back. Just go out and play, focus on each shot at a time. You cannot force a good score, it either happens or it doesn't. That's golf.

    Relax and enjoy!

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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    If it's stableford you have a cushion of messing up a hole and then getting back on it either by playing the next hole normally or using your shots.

    Think if you over think it you'll mess your head up.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Quote Originally Posted by drive4show View Post
    Seriously, I think you are overthinking this. I remember you posted about this a while back. Just go out and play, focus on each shot at a time. You cannot force a good score, it either happens or it doesn't. That's golf.

    Relax and enjoy!
    Yeah, this. First few competitions I played, I'd kick myself if I played a bad shot, try and hit a miracle shot next to make up for it and make it ten times worse. Result, crap scores. But lately I've been relaxing more, if I make an error I just focus on playing safe - get it back on the fairway and you're only one shot down, play for the bogey and move on. I've been putting much better scores together since I started thinking that way. So the 'take each shot as it comes' thing is huge for me.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Thanks guys, opinions/advice appreciated!

    I found all the saved comments from my previous similar post, but cant find a way to delete this post. I don't want to waste peoples time. Does anyone know how to delete a post?
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Just leave the thread running and let it descend into the usual argument 😂

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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Quote Originally Posted by drive4show View Post
    Seriously, I think you are overthinking this. I remember you posted about this a while back. Just go out and play, focus on each shot at a time. You cannot force a good score, it either happens or it doesn't. That's golf.

    Relax and enjoy!
    Agree with this, relax and enjoy and add the score up at the end.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Just give every shot your maximum concentration ..................... then totally switch off and enjoy your surroundings between shots.
    If you feel you're scoring well DO NOT look at your score until the end of the game.
    This, sort of, works for me.
    Whatever happens, just enjoy it.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Quote Originally Posted by Slime View Post
    Just give every shot your maximum concentration ..................... then totally switch off and enjoy your surroundings between shots.
    If you feel you're scoring well DO NOT look at your score until the end of the game.
    This, sort of, works for me.
    Whatever happens, just enjoy it.
    This is another great tip that might be underestimated. I always used to add up my front nine before teeing off the tenth - for no real reason but curiosity I think. But if I then found out I had a better than expected front nine, I was suddenly dead keen to keep it going, and inevitably overthink everything and it would all go to pot. If you don't know what your score is, then you've no choice but to stay relaxed and just keep playing your golf the same way.
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    Re: big game ahead - finding the balance

    Quote Originally Posted by njrose51 View Post
    So big competition tomorrow where ideally, I'd like to score about 32 points upwards in Stableford as a minimum. Trying hard to find the balance of just relaxing and enjoying the game ie my life doesn't depend on it against the fact that I like to put pressure on my game as I feel I play better and I need to score well.

    in the league, I'm 7th out of the 11 places who will qualify for the final and I'm surrounded by good players! So I need to make sure that I stay in the top 11.

    I'll try and go there with a simple game plan, play each shot as it comes, safe play against going for pin, not getting too downhearted/angry if things don't go well etc. But i'll also go for it where I can say on the 2 shot stroke index holes.

    Played last Sunday 33 points. and practised this week. So feel ready.

    But how do you all cope with the pressure or finding the balance? how do you focus when playing in comps? What is your mind set when it comes to comps?

    Thanks, any useful tips or advice appreciated.

    Mate we all go through this to some degree, we do think about it (some lots, some not much) and attach importance to it.
    Some people are more relaxed and not as bothered, others like the intensity - just be yourself and be happy about it.
    I too am a serial over-thinker - it's no use someone saying "just don't think". It's not something you are in control of.
    Thoughts come to you whether you ask them to or not - but up to you to rationalise them.

    Besides, I've played great, average and mediocre golf when deep-thinking and done exactly the same when having a completely relaxed game with a beer in my hand. How much you are thinking does not affect your golf. What you are thinking at the time of the shot does.

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    Back yourself, be confident and trust in the way you do things. Sounds like you've already proved you can do it, so do it.
    Many times I've thought "well that's this round fkd" and then make a few birdies (gross or net) and I'm back on track.
    Patience, self-forgiveness, more patience.
    Intense focus on the right stuff... ask the right questions - "what has this ball got to do"?
    Try your best to feel it rather than be techie, and then accept the outcome(s)!

    If my focus is wrong I start to realise it as soon as my mood swings.
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