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Keys to preparing for tournament play


Letís face it. We all know when it comes time to play that stroke play tournament, we wake up the morning of the event and wonder how we are going to play.

Let me help you take that wonder out of your thought process.

First, you have to start weeks before preparing for the event.

During your practice session, which should start at least four weeks before, spend at least 50 percent of your practice time working on the short controlled shots, chip shots, pitch shots and putting.

Spend 20 percent of your time working on hitting full shots on the range, this includes your wood shots.

The other 30 percent should be spent on playing on the course. If the event is on a course that allows you a practice round, use that time wisely.

During that round take good notes on each hole, like where trouble might be, how the greens are receiving shots, how fast the greens are, how tough the rough is and how soft or hard the sand is.

Do not leave anything uncovered. Preparing during the practice round will make the course play easier the day of the event and take out the thoughts that will come up during the tournament round.

If you follow the steps then you next tournament will be just like your out playing a normal round with your friends.

Golf Rule of the Month is Rule 7: practice 7-1a before or between rounds ...

a. Match Play

On any day of a match-play competition, a player may practice on the competition course before a round.

b. Stroke Play

Before a round or play-off on any day of a stroke-play competition, a competitor must not practice on the competition course or test the surface of any putting green on the course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface.

When two or more rounds of a stroke-play competition are to be played over consecutive days, a competitor must not practice between those rounds on any competition course remaining to be played, or test the surface of any putting green on such course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface.

Exception: Practice putting or chipping on or near the first teeing ground before starting a round or play-off is permitted.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 7-1b: disqualification.



Keith McElroy is Program Director of the Knox Area Junior Golf Association and the PGA Professional for the Concord Park Golf Course. He teaches adults and juniors and may be reached at 865-966-9103 or email McElroy at kajga2@aol.com Web site is www.knoxareajuniorgolf.com

 

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