I've played in 2 tournaments so far this summer. One tournament was for my company and played yesterday for a charity with a few guys from my gym. I don't play, if ever with these guys and most of these guys only play a few times a years so needless to say my expectations of winning was very low. I was just there to have a good time with the boys and enjoy the day which we did. Had a blast in both tournaments and was very happy with the results considering our group.
Both tournaments I went last a majority of the time. I will say the one yesterday I did have one player that helped and wish he play more often. Anyways off the tee 3 errant shots most of the time and again the guys I'm playing with do not play often. So there I am with a little pressure to put something in play for us.. And boom, down the fairway. Not long but it's in play. No balls on the green, again a little pressure to do something and at times I would come through to give us a chance..
Long story short by going last and keeping us in play when needed really boosted my confidence. I've been very weak in that area for some time and the last 2 tournaments helped strengthen that. I think the difference between this and stroke play is my pre-shot routine. Tournament play i'm taking my time, taking a deep breath, and taking a few extra seconds before my shot really helped. May need to reevaluate my pre-shot routine.
Anyways thought I share. Anyone else ever been in this situation?
Here's a pic from yesterday, the one guy that helped me hitting a pure shot... This course is amazing, Golf Club of New England in NH. Private and it's an Arnold Palmer design..