How To Prepare For A Golf Tournament

Preparing for a golf tournament, as golf instruction explains, is one of the keys to playing your best golf. If you play in golf tournaments, develop a pre-tournament routine that prepares you for the day ahead.

A pre-tournament routine gets the most of the time you have and lets you work on a lot of things in a short amount of time. Structure in practice is something that golf lessons preach anyway.

Many routines start with stretching. It warms you up. It helps prevent injuries. And it loosens the muscles. Many golf tips describe stretches you can incorporate into a sound stretching sequence.

Include stretches that focus on those muscles receiving the greatest stress during your swing. Target areas are your trunk, thighs, arms, shoulders, neck, and back. The sitting trunk rotation stretch and the shoulder-and-thigh stretch are two good stretches to include in your routine. These stretches may not lower your golf handicap, but they will help you avoid some common injuries as you get older.

Lessons For Golf – Jr Golf Tournament Stress

In golf, you have to deal with stress. As a parent of a jr golf player, it can become a real issue for your player. Stress can certainly hinder your performance. Your jr golf player can practice, practice, and practice. But, you simply can not simulate the stress involved with tournament play. After all  who wouldn’t get nervous when you have 200 people watching you tee off on the first hole. I know if I was the one at the tee box, all I would be thinking about is not hitting the first shot in the woods, or in the water, or worse yet, how embarrassed would I be if I swing and top the ball, and it goes 10 feet? Ouch!!! Golf can be stressful. You can practice and have all of the lessons for golf that you can handle. But, none of that will help your jr golf player deal with the stress of playing in a jr golf tournament. From a parents role, here is a list of suggestions that you might look at to help your jr golf player cope with tournament play:

Suggestion #1: Play in as many tournaments as possible. That’s right. Just play. Your jr golf player will only learn how to handle the stress through experience and time. The more they play, the more use to the tournaments they will become. Every now and then, put them in some larger tournaments. Your jr golf player needs to play with different people, they need to experience different courses, and they need to experience the different tournament organizations. Play in tournaments as much as possible.

Suggestion #2: Every now and then, put some pressure on them at practice. For example, if your jr golf player gets stressed out when you (as the parent) watch them play, take an afternoon off and walk the course with your player. You know going in that it will stress them out. The idea: if they can get use to the stress of you watching, it will help them deal with the stress while playing in a tournament.

Suggestion #3: Put some pressure on them at the driving range. Make up a game. For example, tell them they need to hit 5 good shots in a row at the red flag. Or, maybe you tell them you need to see 3 perfect 5-wood shots in a row. This will force your jr golf player to focus and concentrate.

Suggestion #4: Tell your instruction during their lessons for golf that you are trying to help them with stress. Maybe your instructor has some drills they can recommend.

Suggestion #5: Take to them to the practice putting green and make them putt in 10 shots in a row from 3 feet. Then 4 feet. In golf, every shot counts. There are no “foul balls” in golf. Every shot is a pressure shot.

Personally, I think you can take all of the lessons for golf that you want, and practice all that you want. But, to deal with tournament stress, the best solution is to play. Play in as many jr golf tournaments as possible.

Managing a Successful Charity Golf Tournament

There is no debating the fact that golf is playing a much more significant role in the business world today. Whether its for entertaining clients, networking, team building, or providing the perfect environment for closing that deal, more and more business is getting done on the golf course.

Another important role golf plays is to raise funds for a charitable cause. In fact, according to the National Association of Golf Tournament Directors, approximately 35,000 charity golf events are held annually in the U.S.; raising over $250 million for various charitable causes and non-profit organizations. That is a lot of golf tournaments! And chances are, you have or will either be asked to produce one of these golf events or sit on a tournament committee that will oversee the event and be charged with the task of raising the sponsor dollars necessary for meeting the financial goals of the event.

Staging a successful charity golf tournament presents many companies and individuals with numerous planning and organizational challenges. The time required to plan, organize and produce this type of event can become overwhelming. For example, a one-day charity golf event often requires over 100 man hours just to produce! And that is just for the activities that take place the day of the event. When you add the time for planning, meetings, etc. the total invested to stage that tournament can exceed 1,000 hours.

As you prepare to tackle the challenges of producing a flawless charity golf event, consider the following tips for success. (Please note: unlike all the magazines and videos out there, these tips are not intended to improve your golf swing or your short game, but will help improve your peace of mind, the result of effectively managing a successful golf event).

The Tee Shot – Getting Your Event “In Play”

* Clearly define roles and responsibilities of all parties – including the Tournament Committee, Committee Chair, the charity or beneficiary, the golf course, and the project leader – and ensure that proper and effective communication is in place, including a regular meeting schedule

* Make sure your Committee Chair is energized about his/her role and that he/she will effectively lead the Committee through its primary task of raising money through the sale of sponsorships for the event. If your Committee Chair is not committed, its likely your Committee members won’t be either

* Set a realistic, achievable goal for the event that everyone buys into. If the event raised $25,000 last year, can it raise $30,000 this year?

* Establish realistic sponsor levels and benefits that will be perceived as having value. Think about how your sponsor can activate their sponsorship at the event beyond just logo presence. Can they sample their products at the event? Put an item in your gift bag for the golfers? Will they be recognized in all tournament materials? Will a sponsor representative be permitted to speak or be recognized at your reception?

The Approach Shot – Differentiation

There are lots of charity golf events taking place on an annual basis, which means numerous requests are being made to the business community for time and financial contributions. How will you differentiate your event and, if it is an annual event, keep it “fresh” and top of mind with your current sponsors and potential new sponsors? How will you win the competition for that sponsorship dollar? Consider the following:

* Your venue. People like to play on golf courses they normally would not have the opportunity to visit. Like private country clubs. The more exclusive and prestigious the course, the more likely you have given a potential sponsor, usually an avid golfer, motivation to want to participate. Also, chances are that one of your tournament committee members might have a country club membership or know someone who does.

* Your event communications. How are you communicating to your target audience today and promoting your event? Are your invitations and your collateral compelling? Is there a call to action? Are you sending your event information out far enough in advance so your current sponsors can allocate budget dollars sooner rather than later? Are you effectively utilizing the web, with a dedicated site for your event, and perhaps creatively using tools like Facebook and Twitter to promote your event in your local market? Are you offering online registration and follow-up information?

* Your gift bag. Are the items you offer in your gift bag going to be perceived as delivering value to your golfers? Are they high-quality items? Or did you go with lesser-quality items to save a few dollars on the expense line? Don’t underestimate the power of a high-quality gift bag that your players will talk about long after the event is over. It can be a wonderful selling tool for next year’s event.

* Incremental revenue-producing opportunities. Think about ways to generate additional revenue at your event, delivered in a fun and entertaining manner, that could result in a bigger check presented to your charity at the end of the event. Consider selling mulligans to your foursomes at $25 each. Or how about staging a live or silent auction? You have a captive audience at your reception at the event, waiting to see who won the various golfing contests as well as the tournament. An auction, staged in an entertaining, energetic way with unique items, memorabilia and experiences, could generate an extra $5,000 – $25,000 for your charity golf event.

The 19th Hole – Reviewing Your Round

We’ve all dissected our round of golf afterwards in the clubhouse at the “19th hole” with our playing partners and our favorite beverage. Are you the person at the table who is lamenting your sliced tee shots and poor putting? Or the one who is celebrating the two-dollar Nassau you won thanks to excellent course management?

Once your event is over, your 19th hole assessment should include the following:

* Were you, your management, the Committee and charity/beneficiary please with the results? Was the financial goal met? If not, why not?

* How did things go at the golf course – the registration process, the on-course signage, the flow of the round, and the food and beverage? Did you meet your players’ needs and requests? Did you have a sufficient number of volunteers to help manage all the details?

* Were your expectations met? Were the results worth the hundreds of hours you and your team put into planning and executing the event?

As you think about last year’s event or begin anticipating (or dreading) planning an event this year, there is an alternative. You may want to consider the option of outsourcing. More and more today, many businesses, charities and foundations are moving toward the concept of outsourcing their golf events. Contracting with experts who will manage all or some of the details will ensure that your event will be professionally planned, organized and produced while meeting your goals and objectives.