Major Prep Tips: Play ‘Worst Ball’ to Groove Your Best Swing Under Pressure

John Richman teaches you a game to help with difficult, pressure-packed golf shots

The major championship season on the PGA Tour is almost over, with the best players in the world descending on Royal Portrush in less than two weeks for the year’s final major. But for the vast majority of golfers at home watching The Open Championship, the major season is just beginning. Now is the time that they’re preparing for their club’s Member Guest, Club Championship, Father-Son Tournament or local amateur tournament.

Obviously, you don’t have the time to prepare for YOUR major like the pros do; you may even struggle to get in a few practice rounds on the course beforehand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t adequately prep for your major beforehand in just a few hours per week. There are a number of different ways that you can practice on the range or at your home course to simulate the type of pressure and conditions that you’ll be facing in your big tournament. We asked GOLF Academy lead coaches John Richman and Sean Lanyi to provide a few tips on how the amateur can best get ready for their major, whether it’s a week or two away or four weeks out, and gain an edge on their competition.

Today, in the third of five video installments (see below), Richman explains a game called ‘Worst Ball’ that you can do on your home course to help you simulate the nerves and pressure you’re going to be experiencing in your upcoming major. By playing from the ‘worst’ of two shots on every hole, you’ll learn better course management and a discover a swing that works best for you under pressure. Give this game a try!