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Taking the pressure off the tough shots!

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The last hole of my round consisted of a very daunting tee shot.  I was 3 under par going into the last hole, but I had not been hitting my driver very straight or long all day.  The hole was 420 yards long with a slight dog leg right.  Out of bounds lined the left side of the hole, so any drive left or too long down the left side through the fairway may reach.  Down the right side of the hole had a bunker at about 270 yards and a tall group of dense trees lined the entire hole.  The hold dog legged right at the bunker and over hanging limbs jetting out.  Any shot short right would either find the bunker and would be blocked out from the a direct line to the green or a shot too far right would inevitably end up blocked by the trees.  My good round relied on a good tee shot. It was time to dig down deep and be mentally strong, trusting my swing.  I find that making an aggressive swing at a conservative target with good alignment is the key to this type of pressure packed shot.  I picked a tree in the far distance that was directly behind the middle of the fairway.   I ended up hitting the best drive of my day.  The tee shot was far and hit right at my target.  This left me with just 110 yards left to the hole. This gave me a good opportunity to make birdie on the 18th instead of bogey.  I was very happy with my confidence and execution during this pressure packed situation.  Keeping calm under pressure will lead you to a better game of golf. Just be sure to remember that keeping focus can take the unnecessary stress off and improve your overall performance.
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