A buddy joined the mens' club at one of our local courses (Rancho Park for you LA folks), and I was getting jealous of the competitive play, so I joined!
First tourney is tomorrow, and this is my first ever solo competition tournament. The only other "competitive" play I've ever done has been the TST SoCal team tourneys that have been super loose and casual and team based. Anyone have advice for the mental game of a first real tourney? It's a single round thing, 96 guys, three flights, and I'm gonna be in the A flight (which is 0-7 this tourney) with a way too low cap cause this is my first tourney, the club does a tourney cap of average of your last three tourney differentials to fight sandbagging, and I had to sweet talk the director to get a 5 instead of scratch.
I know relax, concentrate on the current shot, treat it like a normal round etc. type generalities. I'm wondering if anyone's got specific advice or things they do to keep mentally sharp and relaxed. Particular pre-round swing warm up or mental games/mantras/whatever? Any routines, mental or physical, during the round, walking, pre-shot? I could specifically use advice on the green. My putting is very streaky and mental. I'll overthink or tighten up and bang some 20 footers 8 feet past and still give myself a tester for the 3-putt, but then roll in a couple 8-12 footers with break center cup, perfect speed.