Many times you may get to the first tee of a tournament round and be nervous and anxious to play. The last thing you want to worry about are the tedious things you could have done before you stepped onto the first tee. Here are 6 key tasks to remember to do before you get to the first tee so that you don’t forget and try to do them when you should be focused on starting your round.
Clean your clubs – This can be done on the range after you have warmed up. Always start your round with a nice clean set of clubs (make sure you only have 14) and don’t forget the grips. They will appreciate it!
Grab snacks and water – Make sure you have plenty of water to drink, especially during the summer months. And always have some snacks in your bag to fuel your body and your brain throughout the round.
Mark your golf balls – Don’t wait till you get to the first tee and scramble to mark your golf ball, go ahead and have this done ahead of time. It’s one less thing to worry about those last few minutes before your tee time.
Put on sunscreen – Whether it’s sunny and 90 degrees or cloudy and 50 degrees, always be sure to put sunscreen on before you play. Don’t forget to reapply at least once during the round as well and don’t forget the tops of your ears which can get some of the worst sunburn.
Have your pin sheet ready – Most junior golfers use their lasers for everything, but it is very helpful to know how to use a pin sheet as well. Go ahead and grab one ahead of time and calculate the pins if they aren’t already done for you.
Take 2-3 minutes to breathe and relax – If you get all of the above done ahead of time then you should be able to take a few minutes to just breathe and relax before you step on the first tee. Focus on a good mindset for the round ahead of you and appreciate the opportunity you have to place this awesome