First-tee jitters are a common occurrence for most golfers.
Some causes may be playing in tournaments, playing at a new course, or playing with people you don't normally play with.
Whatever the cause, there are a few tips that will help you relax and be more confident on the first tee.
First, on the driving range, visualize the first hole and the shot it will require, then practice hitting that shot. This will help give you an idea of what to expect when you hit your first shot and hopefully build some confidence.
Another way to feel more confident on the first tee is to have a pre-shot routine. This is something that is specific for each player, but it is repeated before every shot they take.
For example, some people like to tee their ball up, then get behind it and visualize the shot they would like to hit. After this, maybe take one practice swing and then go.
Whatever it is, do it the same every time. As it becomes ingrained in your habits, it will become comfortable for you and enable you to relax more.
Next, try some positive thinking. Focus on where you want the ball to go, not where you do not want it to end up.
For example, if there is a water hazard or thick woods on the hole, some people may try specifically not to hit it there. Instead of this negative thought, picture a spot in the fairway where you want the ball to go and concentrate on hitting it there.
Club selection will also affect your first shot of the day. Don't automatically hit the driver. Maybe you are more comfortable with your 3-wood or a long iron.
If you have a better chance of putting one of those clubs in the fairway, consider hitting it.
Finally, don't put so much pressure on yourself. Remember it is just a game.
The worst thing that could happen is that you could hit a bad shot, and that won't make or break your round. Just try to stay relaxed and put your mind at ease as you get ready to hit your shot.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you overcome anxiety about hitting that first shot.
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