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CoachChappy
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Practice rounds before a tournament
What do you focus on during a practice round for a specific tournament?

I am playing a course Friday and have a real tournament at the same course in 2 weeks. What should I be working on? Club selection off the tee? Should I take notes on what I did and what I should do for the tournament?



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i am dan
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
I've never went through this process, but I would imagine I would focus on two things mostly.

Club selection/landing distances off tees
Learning the greens


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hehateme2285
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Sightlines and clubs off the tee.

Places you absolutely cannot miss it.

Roll putts around the green to potential hole locations

Chip/bunker shots from areas around greens on par 5's

Elevation changes


Tigers352
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Short answer:

Usually lines off the tee. Where can you hit it and be safe. Make note of any bunkers/hazards you may not see off the tee. Typically do a good short game session as well to get used to the greens.

If you are playing in a scramble for your practice round, you may not be on the same tees as your tourney, so keep that in mind.

Good luck, hit it good.


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I spend most of my practice rounds getting a feel around the greens. Where are the safe plays there where I can get up and down. And reading the greens themselves. Obviously, you want to get a feel for the lines you like off the tee but with aerials and apps, and range finders, that has become less of a priority. I also find it easier to hit extra putts and chips without slowing down play.
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The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
If you go the day before, the holes will probably marked already. Then you putt to those holes from every angle.

2 weeks before, you're just finding lines off the tee and checking out the greens.


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Hamma1122
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Look for bad miss spots


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CoachChappy
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
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If you are playing in a scramble for your practice round


I actually am. We will be on the same tees. I am the A player on the team. We have 2 D players. We are going out to have fun and will probably play my ball most of the day.

Also, I know the course very well, but just want to really drill down, because I want to win. I've never played a competitive tournament on this course.


Zanzibaw
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Also, I know the course very well, but just want to really drill down


Play the course like you would in a tournament during the scramble. There will be a couple holes where you hit driver when you may not but for the most part pick your lines and hit the shots you would if every shot counted. Your D player buddies will not notice any difference.


ell_13
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I know the course very well
When I'm playing my home course in a serious tournament, the practice round is typically just me simulating the real round: hitting all the shots I would normally hit and feeling as comfortable as I typically would playing that course. I'd also take some extra shots where I'm normally at or where I normally miss.

Good luck, Chappy.


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CoachChappy
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There will be a couple holes where you hit driver when you may not but for the most part pick your lines and hit the shots you would if every shot counted.


That's a hard one for me. I'm bad about putting away driver, because it's such a weapon for me. I just need to pull the 5W which I hit straight as an arrow and farther than a lot of people's 3W and driver.


ell_13
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the 5W which I hit straight as an arrow and farther than a lot of people's 3W and driver.


Zanzibaw
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I'm bad about putting away driver, because it's such a weapon for me. I just need to pull the 5W which I hit straight as an arrow and farther than a lot of people's 3W and driver.


If this entire statement is true then it's not the practice round that you need for help


KillTheGophers
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Chipping

Don’t get handcuffed next to a green - make sure your miss allows you access to a manageable up and down.



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CajunMAP
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Be aggressive off the tee (hit driver) so you can find any trouble and get your aim points. You can always take less club off the tee in the tournament and will be more confident with your tee ball. Try to play approach shots from the areas you want to be in the event, to help with club selection and confidence. Take notes on the greens complex and look at areas the hole location might be. Work on your short game in those spots, but remember the greens/speed may be much different in 2 weeks. I always like to play from 2 teeing areas on par 3's to help with club selection.


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CoachChappy
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the 5W which I hit straight as an arrow and farther than a lot of people's 3W and driver.


Don't roll your eyes nerd. You have seen me do it.


CoachChappy
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If this entire statement is true then it's not the practice round that you need for help


I think I have parse the grammar of this sentence correctly, and yes, I need a lot of help. I'm just being curious into people's mindset before a tournament.


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ell_13
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You have seen me do it.
Bandit doesn't count.


CoachChappy
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You have seen me do it.
Bandit doesn't count.






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Mahootney
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re: Practice rounds before a tournament
Mailman will be along shortly to threaten to out-drive you with his 9-iron.


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