It’s Super Bowl week, and football fans across the globe are preparing for Sunday’s matchup between Denver and Seattle.
With the big game on deck and frigid weather impacting much of the United States, golf might not be first and foremost on the minds of many who will tune in Sunday.
That doesn’t have to be the case, however.
While you don’t have Broncos coach John Fox or Seahawks coach Pete Carroll watching over you, you can play golf like the most successful NFL players in Super Bowl XLVIII.
• Play like Denver quarterback Peyton Manning: To play golf like Manning, you need a consistent pre-shot routine and lots of hours working on your game. The pre-shot routine should include planning/visualizing your shot, practicing the swing you want to make, and a good deep breath. I wouldn't recommend yelling "Omaha" before hitting! Also, prepare yourself for the course. You may not have a wired helmet to help with your play calls but you can practice like you play. Practice playing imaginary holes on the range, and if possible go on the course and practice situational shots.
• Play like Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson: To play golf like Wilson, you need to understand what you/your team does best and go with it, while making smart, safe decisions. If the running game works, then run! Many criticize Wilson for not throwing the ball as much as other quarterbacks. If you know you’re better at a certain part of the game, play to your strengths. Avoid trying shots that you’re not confident in or have not practiced. Also, make smart decisions and aim for the middle of greens. Risky play can be fun but also lead to higher scores (or more interceptions). Play to your strengths and avoid unnecessary risks.
• Play like Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch or Denver running back Knowshon Moreno: If you play golf like these effective RBs, great plays come from trusting your teammates and being patient. These backs are only as good as their offensive lines, and you are only as good as your PGA/LPGA professional, playing partners, fitness professionals and others. Utilize those around you for better results. Additionally, patience is key for both football and golf. Running backs must wait for the holes to develop before they run through them. Golfers must remember to be patient with their game during the four hours of their round. Even if you start out slowly, stay focused and good things will happen.
• Play like Seattle's “Legion of Boom” defense: If you play golf like Seattle's defense, sometimes your best offense is your defense. Avoid the big number/mistake because playing for a bogey (or punting) is sometimes better than going for the "hail mary" pass. Remember, it’s easier to make up for a bogey than it would be for a much higher score. And always give the best part of your game a chance to shine. When the defense is successful, the offense has a chance to flourish. For example, if you’re a great iron player, don’t take risks off the tee. Put the ball in play and give that part of your game a chance.
Enjoy the big game Sunday and remember, you can play like these successful NFL teams and players and see success in your golf game, too.
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