July 30, 2018 at 12:07 PM
Well a first for me... Last week I played in a 2 day member/guest with my buddy. He was a member and I was a guest. It was at a course I'm very familiar with and hoping next year i'll officially be a member there.
Anyways, a 2 day event; 27 holes the first day and 18 the next day. All match play. We were in a flight with 5 other teams, 6 total. The first 3 matches we played we both played well and finished the day in 2nd place but only a 1/2 point from first. We were excited.
The next day we played our first match and did well again. Had some time to kill before our next/last match and I went to look at the leader board. We were in first by a 1/2 point and our last match was against the team that was right behind us, a perfect way to end the tournament. 1 versus 2.
I get to the first tee and my mind started going wacky and my heart started racing. I couldn't calm myself down. Drove the ball well but for the life of me I couldn't hit my irons, putting was all over the place and just couldn't relax. I couldn't understand it. The first 4 matches, no issues. Last match, the important one, I lost it, buckled. My partner looked at me and asked me, "Did you look at the board?" I said yes.. THANKFULLY my partner stepped up BIG TIME and won the match for us and ended up winning our flight. But i still couldn't get the poor play outta my head. Why did i buckle like that? Surely doesn't take away the fun I had those 2 days and meeting some great people but just hated that i finished like that..
Anyone else been in that situation before? Heart starts racing? If yes, how did ya relax yaself? My buddy kept telling me, just have fun and trust me I was trying but I just couldn't do it...
Dale VEscondido, CA
Frank PPort St. Lucie, FL
July 30, 2018 at 04:39 PM
Yep, easier said than done. I rarely play in organized events anymore to avoid the same internal pressure. Last time i felt it was the St. Andrews Golf Week i did in 2016. They change the teams up every day so you feel pressured to help a different group each day. I loved the golf that week but never did get comfortable. Congrats on your win and sounds like even if you didn't have your best finishing round personally, you definitely were contributing.
Jerry MDallas, TX
Dwayne NIsland, KY
Darryl MWichita, KS
Smokey WColorado Springs, CO
Rick DWeston, WI
Mark Pfoxboro, MA
August 03, 2018 at 07:15 PM
I believe a good cigar takes your mind away from the pressure.
Paul BPorter, IN
Tom BNorthborough, MA
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?