Playing golf like a professional: match play strategy
There are a number of elements to consider when tackling match play like a professional. You have to remember that pro golfers have exceptional skills and tactics of their own they have developed overtime to help them play a good game. Other times a golfer can be thrown off their game when things become a little more intense. You may have started off with a casual game and then things really heat up when pressure builds to make a good shot. The good news is there are a few things you can do to help your match play strategy when considering how the professionals do it.
- Keep your emotions in check while staying focused on the course. You want to play well but at the same time it can be challenging getting caught up in the moment when competition heats up. You end up wasting energy that can be put to good use in helping you play a good match, even if you lose.
- Try to get your shot in first. You may be able to take advantage of the opportunity if you make a good shot. Your opponent will feel the pressure and it could affect their ability to follow and make a poor shot instead. This also applies to getting the ball in the hole. If you can get the ball in the hole first this only adds pressure to your opponent giving you an edge.
- Don’t think you have a hole won too soon. It is often encouraged to assume the worst to help you stay focused, but it is okay to be optimistic while staying in reality.
- Don’t rush through the process and take things one step at a time. You should not have to rush to take your shot and you should stay focused on the hole you are playing. One shot at a time helps keep things in perspective for yourself. Try your hardest at each hole and avoid dwelling on mistakes you made in the past.
- A bogey or double bogey could help you plan your par. You should plan par any way to get an idea of what you need to do to win at the hole. This may vary depending on your handicap. Stick to your game plan.
- Keep your eye on your opponent; you may notice a habit or two you can use to your advantage.
- Keep trying and don’t give up. Even golf pros have a rough time but try to enjoy yourself.