Long Beach Golf Festival

2020 Tournament Guide

Long Beach Golf Festival

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> EXTRA! CLICK HERE FOR INSIGHT ON HOW TO PLAY EACH OF THE COURSES IN THE LONG BEACH GOLF FESTIVAL ROTATION TOURNAMENT PREPARATION money game with your bud- dies can definitely help you get the feel of that pressure. If you're playing stroke play, then make it $1 a shot, or $5 a shot, whatever makes you a little nervous, because that's what you'll feel in your tour- nament, and you don't want that feeling to be totally for- eign to you." The days before Dial in your short game, be- cause as every golfer knows, this is where you'll save the most strokes. "Especially in an event like the Long Beach Open, being successful is so much about the short game inside of 100 yards," said Montgomery, adding that the three courses used in the Long Beach Golf Festival events aren't particu- larly long but feature thought- provoking green complexes that not only challenge you on the putting surface, but also put a premium on accuracy with your approach shots. "You're going to have a lot of wedge shots into those greens, and you want to make sure you're putting yourself in good positions." Tournament day The big day is finally here. Whether it's a one-day event or multiple days, there are a few things you can do to put your- self in position to succeed. Per- haps the most important one is arriving to the course with plenty of time for a relaxed warm-up session. Montgomery advises that you hit a few shots with every club in the bag, reminding yourself that this is a time to prepare for your round – not to practice. Once you arrive at the first tee, think about all your op- tions on each shot and focus your mind on what you want to do with each swing. He also emphasizes that the physical side of your golf game can't and won't change for a tournament, but controlling the mental side of things will make a big difference. "Don't think too much about the outcome of each shot and your scorecard – focus more on the process," Montgomery said. "Everyone has their own swing thoughts. Just stick to your routine, no matter what level of golfer you are. At this point, it doesn't make sense to try anything new. "And no matter what, focus on having fun. Whether you're playing golf for a living or you're out there just to get away from your job, you should be having fun. If it's not fun, you shouldn't be doing it." THE COURSES ›› CLICK HERE to visit El Dorado Park Golf Course. ›› CLICK HERE to visit Recreation Park Golf Course. ›› CLICK HERE to visit Skylinks Golf Course. Montgomery advises dialing in your short game as tournament day nears.

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