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So you’ve got to the first tee, you’re not feeling overly confident; you know that you’re not striking it very well. How can you actually get to this first tee and deal with the fact that you’re probably going to be hitting an inconsistent shot? It’s not an easy answer to give because at the end of the day if you’re on the first tee, if you’re nervous, you don’t quite feel that you’re getting shape, it’s a difficult place to be. But there are things that you can do to try and help improve the likelihood that that first shot is going to find the green, or is going to find the fairway. First of all what you need to do is make sure that the club that you’re hitting is not you’re most inconsistent club.

Now for many people getting on that first tee, it’s either powerful or qualified; they’re going to get out their driver. Now the likelihood is, if you have an inconsistent ball flight, a slice or a hook, whatever it might be, the driver is going to be the most inconsistent with that flight. Especially with the driver, especially when you’re slicing it, the two tend to go hand in hand. If you’re on the first tee and you know what your inconsistent shot is going to be, and you know say is going to be a slice with the driver, put the driver away. Get out your three wood, get out four lane, get out your seven iron if it makes you feel more comfortable. Getting off that first tee can set the tone for the rest of the round. And if you’re struggling with an inconsistent ball flight, and you know day time is out of 10 you’re going to slice into the trees and lose your ball, you’re a lot better being 150 yards down there with your seven iron, than be 250 yards into the rubbish with your driver.

Play to your consistencies at that moment in time. If you’ve not managed to find the key to your swing on the range prior to that tournament, chances are you’re going to have to play with those inconsistencies on the way round. So when you’re on that first tee, put away your most inconsistent clubs, get out your most consistent club, and hit that off that – hit that off that tee. Or just use a putter, I mean generally you won’t want to be doing that. But you kind of get my idea. Give it a go, have a go, play well, use your inconsistencies, see where you go from there.