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Thanks for all these great suggestions guys. I recently played my first tournament and threw one of the worst rounds I've ever thrown on the course. I don't know what it was, if I was trying too hard or over thinking things or what, but hopefully it was just the first tournament jitters and it won't happen again. I'll try to use some of these tips in the next tournament I play
put the beer muscles away, trying too hard to impress others will hurt in alot of sports
After many years of tournaments, my nervousness has dwindled down to the first throw. My strategy is to hope to start on a routine/forgiving/or/luck-biased hole so that first drive doesn't do too much damage.
Try to get the nerves out right away or as soon as possible. Have Fun with your Game and be Happy.
The "Rowden rule"states your first few throws arn't going to be as controled as the rest.Throw them softer and safer.
It took me about two years of tournaments to get over that. I still get nerves of course, but at least I don't feel like I'm in a bad dream and something horrible has taken over my body. It helps me to get a good pre-game warm up. I like to get out there early, throw some bad shots, then some good ones. It feels like everyone is watching! Stretch out, putt for like 20 min. Don't be shy, get out there and get ready, get the nerves out!