Tournament preparation the day of – get your mind right

by Jordan on June 29, 2011

Visualize your great play in tournaments

Playing in golf tournaments is fun.

All the hard work on the range. All the daily rounds.

They all come together for this moment.

Tournament play is where you really find out what kind of player you are.

But preparing for a tourney isn’t all about hitting balls on the range or putts before a round.

Learn the other things you should be doing to get your mindset in the proper place before your big tourney.

Before you proceed

On Monday I wrote about preparing for a tournament the night before.

Read that post before going any further.

The Day Of a Tournament

Playing your best requires a certain mindset. You need to get in that mindset first thing in the morning.

If read my post above, you know to prepare for a tourney right before you go to bed. Well once you wake up, your mind has to continue thinking about hitting and feeling great shots.

Try doing this in the shower and as you get your day started. Or when you’re stopped at stop lights.

If you have stuff that needs to be taken care of before you head to the course, be sure to stay in a positive and calm mindset. Who cares if that young kid cut you off on the highway or that the barista added sugar to your coffee. Keep your social life positive and block out all unnecessary distractions. Also let go of things you can’t control.

We all have things going on in our life whether positive & negative. It’s tough to get those thoughts and feelings out of our minds before stepping foot on the course.

The best way to do this is something I have already talked about. Once you’re at the course and before you head to the putting green or range, take 5 minutes to work on the breathing exercise I talked about in my post on awareness.

This breathing exercise will help you focus your mind and get all the distractions out. Don’t be afraid to visualize your round during this breathing technique either! It will only help in letting the positive energy flow through your body.

Next, be sure to do some stretches while breathing to get you loosened up before you head to the range. Stretching before the range is key because how you hit the ball on the range can determine your mindset. You have to give your body it’s best chance to swing freely. Stretching will achieve that.

More Preparation

A few other things you can do to prepare for a tourney:

  • call ahead to find out your tee time or what hole you start on if it’s a shotgun
  • get to the course atleast an hour before your tee time
  • bring the proper attire and extra gear because the weather can change
  • don’t just head to the range and blast a bunch of drivers

Use the tips in this post to get your mind right that day of a big round.

But what to do when you’re on the golf course during that big round? Read the other articles I’ve published of course!

What do you think?

How much time do you allow yourself to arrive at the course for a tourney?


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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