In 1988 I led the Australian Masters by two shots with three holes to play. I was a part-time teaching pro and tournament professional at the time. In the field were six of the top 10 players in the world, including Greg Norman and Nick Faldo. It was an opportunity of a lifetime to win the biggest tournament of my career. Unfortunately I blew it. I finished double-bogey, double-bogey, par and seventh place was the best I could manage. I was working with many promising players at the time and I realized that our teaching methods were inadequate to teach people to perform and close under pressure.
How to Train to Perform Well Under Pressure
Since that time we have worked very hard at finding the gap between the practice range and performing under pressure. Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby have won 20 tournaments around the world and they always finish well under pressure. It is not because they have better nervous systems, it is because they are better prepared.
11 Categories of Shots in Golf
There are eleven categories of shots in golf from driver through to putting. driver, fairway woods, long irons, mid-irons, but most people only practice the clubs that they enjoy hitting. However, every time they are out on the golf course they are faced with at least one of every type of these shots. The key is to practice the game you intent on playing.
Use Pre-Shot Routines in Practice
Hit shots to targets, concentrate and use the same routines that you are going to use out on the golf course. It puts you under pressure when you practice but the more pressure you put yourself under when you practice the better you will be on the golf course. So when you practice, practice the game you intend on playing and then you will play the game that you intend on practicing.