How To Deal With Pressure When Playing Your Chip Shot In Competition
Now, you know when you are out on the course and you really want to perform and play the way you want to and you practice really hard, but it doesn’t seem to be working when you are actually playing in a competition round?
Why doesn’t that happen?
Today I’m going to share with you why it doesn’t happen and how we can make it happen.
Welcome to today’s tip. Isn’t it a bugger, when you go and practice so hard but you can’t seem to make it work when you are actually playing out on the golf course and when you need it most. Really frustrating!
So, how can we make that work. Firstly, I’ll share with you quickly why people struggle to make the transition, because that’s what it is, a transition from the practice range onto the golf course. The reason that you can’t seem to do that is because there is no pressure. No pressure, nothing! So that when you go and practice your shots, doesn’t matter whether you are on the driving range, doesn’t matter if you are hitting chip shots, if you are actually not putting yourself under pressure when you are practicing, how do you expect to be able to respond when you are playing in your golf round? You can’t, because you don’t practice it.
People think that you go and practice and everything is just going to magically happen and work for you on the golf course and it actually doesn’t unless you do the work.
Yes, you need to practice. Yes, you need to do the technical side and get that right, of course you have to do all that but, you also need to make sure that you are practicing putting yourself under pressure, when you are actually playing you are under pressure anyway. Just that one shot, you have to make that one shot work. You need to do that when you are actually practicing.
I’m going to show you a great drill on what you can do to help you do that. We’re going to look at the chip shot because we’ve been looking at the chip shot for the last few weeks, I’ve been sending out quite a number of tip on that, so this is what we’re going to do with the chipping one.
You can see me here, I’m on the edge of the green. This is a good way to start your pressure practice. What we want to be able to do is to teach ourselves to chip, under pressure, so that we are getting the ball into the hole.
I could make it more simple for you, but realistically what I want you to be able to do is to focus here and work on playing your chip shot so that you get the ball into the hole. What it does work on is your focus, it does put pressure on you, it makes this shot count. You have to make sure that you do everything right, and that you keep going until you get the ball in.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes either, you could be here for an hour, chipping from a particular part off the green to the hole and you could be doing it for an hour, you could be doing it for two hours, three hours. I know you are thinking, come on Tiff, I might be doing it all day. It doesn’t matter, what it is actually doing is teaching you how to focus. It’s going to teach you how to make that shot count, it’s going to teach you that you only have one shot, it’s going to teach you how to perform under pressure.
I’ll just play one shot and see what happens. Make sure you go through the process as well. Make sure you get the line right, check the line, make sure you get the swing right and then you chip the ball. So, I’ve worked out how the green is working and now I’ll increase my backswing a little bit more and aim just that little bit higher and see what happens. That didn’t work either because it’s putting pressure on, it’s making me have to work because I have to play this shot.
As you can see, it’s getting closer, I’m starting to work it out. I would be pretty happy with that one. But, it’s not in the hole, so what we want to do is to make sure we are chipping the ball until we get the ball in the hole.
And, that is the focus for you today in today’s tip. You have to get the ball into the hole before you go and do something else.
What do you think?
Will you be able to do it?
I’d love for you to share with me what you like best about what you have heard today and also that you are going to go and work on this drill and see if you can get that ball in that hole before you go and do something else.
Trust me, it will work for you because it will teach you how to focus.
Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; Tee it high and Let it fly.
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