1. Eat and drink properly beforehand
Don’t underestimate the importance of eating and drinking, before and during the round. Before a round, keep it light and eat 1-2 hours before playing (avoid the clubhouse fried breakfast just before heading out).
Tiger’s pre-round meal of choice is an egg-white omelet with vegetables. A small sandwich with fruit would be another good option.
Don’t eat a big meal like a bowl of pasta or a cheeseburger – heavy meals will make you physically and mentally sluggish – and make sure to drink plenty of water, not coffee.
2. Get to the course an hour before your tee time
This will allow plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed. You’ll feel a lot better strolling up to the first tee with a solid warm-up session under your belt, than racing from the pro-shop to the first tee.
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3. Start on the putting green
Most players head to the driving range first, then to the short game area and finish up with a few putts before heading to the first tee.
I would suggest turning that on its head. Practice your putting first: the slow movement of the club and ball will get your visualization and feel warmed up. You can also work your muscles up gradually towards hitting full shots.
4. Warm up your short game
Head to the short game area and play a multitude of shots from different distances and lies Again, you are warming up your mental and physical muscles. I’ve got a great warm up regimen for you in my new eBook available for instant download. For the cost of a couple of buckets of balls, you’ll get a complete guide for practicing the mental game. Buy now and I’ll throw in a copy of the audiobook for free.
Next, spend 10 minutes doing your pre-round stretching routine. This will help with your flexibility. It will also ease tension – and you’ll be thankful for it at the end of the round, too!
6. Finish on the driving range
Again, hit a variety of different shots and switch up clubs as much as you can. Don’t pay any attention to the quality of shots. If you feel like you’re more comfortable hitting a fade, then go with that on the course. Finish by hitting the same club as you would on the first tee and imagine the hole. Don’t leave until you’ve hit one perfectly.
7. Get into acceptance mode!
While you’re walking from the range to the tee, get your attitude in the right place. Tell yourself that whatever happens you’re going to enjoy this wonderful game no matter what happens.
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