Mastering the first tee

Published 21/03/2010 10:54:48

It might be frustrating to hear, but you need more than just a good technique to produce consistently low scores: you need to be able to control your nerves. Fortunately, that's a skill that almost any player can develop. This article will help you overcome the tension and intimidation of the opening tee shot.


Club selection

If you are feeling nervous as you stand on the first tee, select the club that you feel most confident using. For lots of people this is a 5-iron, even if the first hole is a 500-yard par 5, better to hit 160 yards straight than 220 out of bounds.

The most important thing is for the ball to find the fairway and prevent a really high score from putting you at a huge disadvantage from the start of the round. So don't be afraid to leave the driver in the bag on the first tee.



How often do you stand over your ball, looking down at the fairway or green and your view is dominated by trees, water or deep rough? Making a committed swing is almost impossible when all you're thinking about is potential disaster.

Create a positive outlook by standing behind your ball and imagining the ideal shot. This simple tip prevents negative thoughts from having a detrimental impact on your swing.


Swing throughts

Try to have one simple swing through to improve your focus. This should be to concentrate on swinging through to a full, balanced finish position. Such a thought gives you a good chance of finding your target, and prevents any jerky movmenets from destroying your rhythm,

Many amateurs become paralysed by the sheer number of swing thoughts running through their minds as they prepare to hit the ball. Thinking of swing paths, wrist hinges, clubhead angles etc will only prevent you from making a smooth and committed swing.


Ready to fire

It is important to prevent nervous tension from building up. Once you are happy that you have set a good address position, start your backswing. If you freeze over the ball, tension will start to build up.


1.  This is good advice - but nothing can prepare you for your first competitive game!

comment by Daly's Peak - 24/03/2010 19:32

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