Your Nervous Because Your Not Prepared – John Hayes Golf May 2017 Golf Tip Newsletter Newsletter Golf Tip – May 2017

Tournament Preparation to Avoid Nervousness

For your golf game: The Golf Channel recently had a series on the career of Jack Nicklaus and I particularly liked this comment that Jack made about his main purpose for arriving at the Major Championships a week ahead of the tournament.
“You are, generally speaking, nervous because you’re not PREPARED and you’re not sure of what you are going to do. So, if I could get most of that out of the way before the tournament, all I had to do was focus on playing golf,” said Jack Nicklaus.
Many of you play the same course frequently so you can get a specific plan for each hole. Look at the weather forecast for the day of your golf game and check the wind direction and speed to begin to plan what you will do at each hole. You may be able to find out the hole locations for the day when you arrive at the course and see if that might affect the shots you will want to play on various holes. Then you can practice those shots in your warm up session on the range before your round.
If there are 2 or 3 events during your golf season that you want to peak for, your “Major Championships,” then do some extra planning and preparation at that particular golf course. See if this leads to better results and more fun for you during the tournament. You may see that there are problem holes and problem shots that often hurt your score and then you can gear your practice sessions to improving your technique to handle those holes and those shots. Then you are really practicing with a purpose and your improved PREPARATION should begin to show up in your attitude and on your scorecard.

Upcoming clinics and events: My next specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on Saturday, MAY 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. I will cover pitching/chipping, bunker play, putting, and fun games to practice effectively! Men or Ladies welcome. This is NOT for new beginners. There is a limit of only 3 students so call or email to sign up. Total cost is only $55.
I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., JUNE 1st through Sunday, JUNE 4th. There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sat. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and then we will finish on the golf course on Sun. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is perfect for beginners who want to feel comfortable on the golf course in a short time. Total cost is only $99 and includes everything!
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends – JUNE 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on all 4 Weekend days. Cost is only $40 total for all 4 hours! It is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers.
Please call/text (727) 692-4679 or email,, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics. Go to for more details.
** I will be conducting the Adult Golf Clinics every week on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. There is no sign up, just show up and cost is only $20 which includes a large bucket of range balls.
As always, please contact me with any questions or comments and I hope to see you soon on the lesson tee at the Chi Chi Golf Range & Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater in the Tampa, FL area.