Ask any golfer and they will tell you that the hardest shot in golf is one you have to perform. As amateurs, this type of pressure can sometimes cause us fits because we do not always feel the confidence to be successful. Playing golf under pressure, regardless of the level, is something that all players must develop in order to succeed. Shooting consistently low golf scores is something that low handicap golfers, like myself, strife for and playing under pressure is a must. So, the obvious question is how?
After years of playing successful, competitive golf and playing anchor for most scramble teams, I would suggest that I have some ability to perform under pressure. I could lay out an long diatribe about why this particular skill is important, however I think that anyone who has played a few rounds understands that how important this skill actually is go shooting our best scores. So, I will ask the obvious question again……how?
Before I chime in, I think it is important that your watch this video by Tommy Fleetwood. It hits the heart of this topic:
The simple solution to playing golf under pressure is preparation. Setting ourselves up for success happens away from the course in the practice area. Depending on your skill level, this practice will be as simple as improving your swing mechanics. For other players, like myself, we need to take things up a notch in order to gain the confidence to hit any shot at any time.
Speaking of taking my practice sessions up to the next level. I found a great drill by Brian Penn from All About Golf. It is focuses improving my short game through random shots around a practice area. It is a drill designed for mid to low handicap players, but could be used by higher handicappers with some modifications. Brian’s main point is: “Making practice harder than the real game is the secret sauce.” To read more about this drill, head over to the article called YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM HARD PRACTICE.
Playing consistent golf under pressure is key to lower golf scores. ‘Actually’ playing golf under pressure is important, however, as Tommy Fleetwood suggests, preparation and practice before hitting the links is the real key. I completely agree with Fleetwood. How about you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!