Tournament golf is different. There is an elevated tension in the air and a sense of meaning in every shot. It takes focus, deep breathing, and calm nerves to compete. Building a round through small wins is a smart strategy. Fairways and greens are the targets. Hit them and the score will mostly take care of itself. In that mindset, the only thing that matters is the shot at hand. Staying in each moment is key. No thought can be given to the swings that have passed. It’s a grind and the only way to be successful is to remain concentrated on each unique situation. Optimism and confidence come from keeping the head up and looking ahead for the opportunities. Each good shot unlocks the next. The way to win is to play against the course. The tournament may be a tough scene, but with the proper thought process, great things can happen.
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