Junior Golf: 3-Hole Strategy

In today’s Monday Mulligan will we reveal a 3-hole strategy that is used by a number of top-level golfers, both pros and amateurs. It will help your daughter approach her golf tournaments in a new and refreshing way.img_0135

Top-tier athletes think differently about their preparation, practice and performance. 1 thing that is helpful during competition is to divide the event into a number of smaller pieces. I don’t recall exactly where we came up with this plan, but I expect it was a suggestion from S3’s longtime swing coach, PGA Professional Tim Harford. He said that by breaking each round into 6 3-hole groups it provided several mental benefits. 1st it helps to focus on 3 holes instead of 18. 2nd if your daughter had a good 3-holes she can gain some confidence to carry on to the next 3-hole stretch. 3rd if your daughter had a poor 3 holes she can, in theory at least, erase those scores from her mind and know that if she lets go of those bad holes, she can have a new start and focus on having a great next 3 holes. And it provides a great analytical tool for her performance during each round. (jennleforge.com)

Please remember that I am not a sports psychologist. Linda, S3 and I are merely passing along our experiences from 17 years of junior golf and college golf. So what do you actually see on the scorecard? Well, you’ll see a variety of revealing scores. Each 3 holes is relative to the other 3-hole scores. Depending on your girl’s skill level, the actual numbers don’t really matter.

Dad and Mom we’re looking for consistency. Let’s say your daughter played 18 holes, 6 3-hole matches, as we call it. Frequently you will see maybe 4 groups that are virtually the same in total strokes or strokes relative to par, 1 group with lower scores and 1 group with higher scores than the other 5. The big number grouping kept her from having a higher finish in the tournament. (examiner.com)image

Why are the big numbers concentrated in a small group of holes? While you may never really know, there is the distinct possibility that your daughter hit a bad shot and stayed angry for a couple of holes. Then, once she got over herself, she settled down, regained some confidence and resumed playing her normal game. Without diving into the mental morass that is sports psychology, the quicker your daughter can forget, let go of or just move on from a poor shot and focus on hitting a good next shot, the better off she will be.

Folks, it’s important that she see how many good 3-hole stretches she had and that this 1 little group of holes had such a tough impact on a round that was very good for about 15 holes! Eliminating the big scores is tough but it can be done.

See you on #1 tee looking for consistency… Sam

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