1st Tee Jitters

First Tee jitters.....if you didn't have them you wouldn't be human.

I always try to end my warmup routine by playing the first hole on the range....go thru your whole process from marking your ball...teeing it up...visualizing your shot...playing your shot...walk away for a bit and play your next shot...its all about positive visualization....focus on the shot in front of you and not the past or the results....play the game not the mechanics.....ENJOY!

Dr. K

Thank you all for the tips. I had a great tryout!

Hey bud golf is a game of confidence. When you step on that first tee you have to believe your the best golfer on the course. This game is all in the head. Take a deep breathe and visualize where you want the shot to go and just swing.

Hey man, I know exactly what you mean, when I played high school golf (from 05-09), there was a house at the end of the driving range (VERY nice house on a private course in MA), because of this I could never hit my driver or 3 wood at the range, which would be the club i would use off the 1st tee. Even in tournaments today I use the my go to routine, as i walk up to the tee, and find my aim, from the practice swings, stance set up, to my swing, I would count to 10 in my head and make sure everything was done in that time, unless something along the way felt way off. I still find this successful today, I believe it preoccupies my mind so I don't over think my shot. Any other stressful or shot where I feel antsy I stick to this which is my bread and butter for a anxious time

Coming from another 15 year old high school golfer [and currently #1 seat on her varsity squad!:) ] the best way I ever got over my first tee jitters was just simply having that first tee shot multiple times. After you are more used to competition, it is easier to calm down for that first drive. If you are afraid missing the fairway on your first tee shot will throw off the rest of your round, start the afternoon off with a 3W teed up ( or a club you have high confidence in)

Tim -


Embrace the first tee jitters!  That's just a signal that your round means something.


When I have the jitters, I know I'm going to play well.  It helps me focus.  If I don't have a butterfly or two, I get worried that maybe I'm a little too comfortable.  Remember, there's a huge difference between jitters, and major-flop incapacitated nervousness.  Teenagers only have jitters. :)


Focus on a tiny target - conservative target, aggressive swing.


I played on my high school golf as well as advancing on and playing for a NCAA Division 1 school. The first tee jitters are common and everyone has them. I have been fortunate enough to play against some of the guys that you see on television every week and believe me they get them too! The last 6-10 shots on the driving range should be the same exact shot that you are going to hit on the first tee. You should always leave the range on a shot that you would like to see yourself hit on the first tee. Missing fairways are not what you want but they are part of the game. PM is not stellar off of the tee especially with the driver but he is confident that he can still make par from almost anywhere. Walk up to the first tee pick your spot and let your body do the rest. There are 5 C's that legendary golfer Don January told me that you should have: Confidence, Courage, Commitment, Class and he said the most important was to be Cocky. I asked him why cocky and he stated that if you think nobody can beat you then you feel that you should win most of the time if you stick to your plan. Good Luck and play hard!


It is important to have a pre shot routine. Take a few easy swings to loosen up, visualize your shot, address your ball, waggle and do not hesitate. Hovering over the ball causes you to stiffen up.


My comments come from a different perspective than yours.  I'm a high handicap golfer and so my errant tee shots are, in many respects, justified.  However,  I would feel very intimidated on the first tee when it's my turn to hit.  Of course, I would assume that others were going to have great shots;  only mine would be questionable.  So, to overcome this,  in my mind, instead of worrying what they will think of my swing and result, I mentally thank them for giving me the opportunity to show them what I can do.  Then I relax and usually hit a quality shot.  It's all about  tempo and tension.



Just remember that EVERYONE is nervous on the first tee.  It's ok to hit a hybrid or 3-wood for the first shot.  Pick your target and slow down your backswing...  good luck!

There is a lot of good advice in the answers here...the above is most likely the best.  Unless you have to carry a hazard, there is nothing wrong with striping a 200-230 (or better) yard shot with a hybrid or 3 Wood down the middle than possible hitting into a disaster with the driver.  If your coach is watching it will come off as a mature decision.  Best of luck and hit 'em straight. 

Hey Tim I am also a high school golfer I am 16 years old and play number 1 on my golf team and have had some pretty solid finishes at state and have won a couple jr tour tournaments my tip is practice on the range like that you are about to tee off and keep doin this till you feel comfortable with the shot   it really helps me.