High School Nerves

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Justin S

Hi Team Titleist. I am going to try out for my high school golf team. I know I can make it, but I get nervous when I play with people I don't know. Because of that my game can go bad. Is there any way to help get over these nerves?

Justin S

Thanks Chris

Bryan L

Another thing to try it to while you are practicing envision yourself on the first hole of your try out round.  Try to recreate the nerves and deal with it while you are by yourself on the practice range.  Play the whole round during your practice sessions(Each shot of the 18 holes).  once off the driving range do the same thing on the putting greens.  Imagine the pressure on your putts.  As you are lining up a twelve footer, for instance , imagine this it the putt you need to make to make the team.  If you do this each time you practice by the time you get to the first tee you will own the moment because you have dealt with it many many times before. You will also be very confident because you have succeeded many times before while practicing.  Good Luck on making the team.  Just relax and play your game.  

David K

Can't say it any better then Chris did. I too had the same feeling my freshmen year in high school. But those nerves quickly went away after the first couple of matches that I played. Just play your own game and don't worry about what their scores are and remember, you are playing on a team and not just for yourself. Best of luck to You in your High School career and I truly hope you finish your career like I did, Team MVP. What a feeling it was to receive that reward in front of everyone. 31 years later, I still have it.


David K.

Stephen G


Chris above said it perfectly...

I also played on my high school golf team and I had a problem with my folks watching believe it or not. I could shoot fairly well just going to matches, whenever my folks were able to show up, I was trying so hard to impress them my game suffered.

Be yourself, find out what you have to do to block out your surroundings and concentrate on your game. Might be as easy as finding a tune to get stuck in your head, sunflower seeds or a blowing bubbles with your favorite gum. I just relax take a deep breath and smile before I hit these days, works for me. Find out what works for you! Good luck and keep em in the fairway!