Originally Posted by KyleAnthony
does anyone have any tips for nerves (i guess thats whats wrong with me)
First of all, I'm sorry I missed you today. I got there a bit late and you were already teeing off, and afterwards I assume your flight wrapped up before we were in the clubhouse? I think I saw you a couple of times on the course though ... orange shirt, pants, no hat???
Anyways, I have the same issue with the nerves. Its a whole different feeling when you're teeing it up when it "counts." I don't have a lot of advice because I fight the same issues every time out. One thing I have noticed, though, is that when I have high expectations, or for that matter, ANY expectations, that's when the nerves start affecting me. One of my better finishes last year was in my first tournament, where I had back-to-back quads on the 2nd and 3rd hole, but then was able to completely relax because there was nothing to play for. Lo and behold, after that I played really well without even noticing because my tournament was "over." I managed a T4 or T5 (can't remember exactly). And my best finish last year was after a couple of bad tournaments, where I couldn't hit the ball at all, so I had kind of resigned myself to play poorly, and again ... I just didn't allow myself to worry about any shots, because I "knew" I was going to suck. And, that day I had my best round of the season (tournament or not) and won the whole thing by 2 shots.
So my advice would be to try your best to just not think about any of the shots, not worry about any consequences, not pay attention to anybody else, and just take each shot as if it was a practice shot. It means nothing! A lot harder to do than it sounds, because I still struggle with the nerves a lot. Today, I played decent, but never really hit the ball great because I was dealing with some nerves too.
Another thing that helps is just meeting a lot of the guys you're playing with, and then next time you play with them, it'll be like you're playing with your buddies. That can help calm the nerves too.
Don't give up.
So I probably owe you a drink, because my David Simms style play on the 3rd hole didn't pay off. I topped ... yes, TOPPED ... a 5 iron about 80 yards off the tee. Couldn't get to the green from there, then ended up missing a 5 footer to save a bogey ... finishing with a double bogey 6. :(