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Hey guys I am 14 and I play on a high school team. I have a lot of matches where I have five minutes to hit range balls, putt and chip and tee-off. How can I play better in these situations and what are some ways to make more feel more loose and free when I play in these situations. Please help.
-Padraic Sim Spanish Fort High 2018 graduate
2014 sectional substate and state champion
state junior champion
Tell your parents/coach to drive faster!
Kidding aside, I assume you do not drive to the course yourself. You can make use of your car ride and do stretches in your seat or even while you wait for your ride to pick you up. When you hit the course, I recommend focusing on checking the green speed as your first priority. So do a few distance put drills to target points.
If you don't have time to chip, juggling a ball on your wedge can help tune in your sense of the ball weight and face angle for your chip shots. You can do this while walking to the first tee.
Ideally you should put in enough practice with your full swing to have that locked into muscle memory. The day of the round is more to warm up so you don't hurt yourself, so you don't necessarily need to hit balls. Just go through the full motion of the swing slowly and deliberately focusing on stretching the muscles you will be using. If you have a safe enough area, you can then do full practice swings and check your divots for faults. You can do this on course as well, especially if the pace is slow and you are not disturbing anyone else.
Stretching does not have to be done before the round starts. Stretching during the round will help you in the back nine.
Do you have a coach you can talk to about this? I am sure they have years of experience.
Disclaimer: This is based on my experience playing with partners who are never on time. I am not a professional, and you already play waaaaaay better than I do.
Your appear to be doing everything right if you are state champ as an eighth grader
12 months ago
I too play on my middle school golf team and I just skip the range and chipping to just putt. I really think putting is the most important thing of your/my game. Unless you have a wicked slice/hook then just putt.
3 weeks ago
Arrive Earlier, use a stretchy band to stretch out prior to playing, it helps out with the motion prior to your first swing, good luck.
OMG 14 ,Iam 56 !
Get to my age and you will know what stiffness is.
My best advise would be, follow this man and every thing he says.
The great Gary P.
Now there's a man that knows about stretching .
2 weeks ago
I never have much time before a round, so I know what you are feeling. For me, stretching is the most important. If I can get my back and legs stretched out before I tee off, I'm in much better shape. That could be as simple as doing a few stretches and practice swings on the first tee. Next if time allows, I roll a few putts to see how the greens are. There is nothing worse than waiting until the first green to figure out the greens are much slower or much faster than you expected. Last would be chipping. Again, this would just be a feel exercise. I just want to see how various types of chips are going to react to the greens.
Hope at least some of this helps. Good luck next season!