Timberlake on the course!
Timberlake's Golf Suffers
By new2thegame on 8/5/08
By Mallory, oobgolf intern
Justin Timberlake has stated many times that he wants to play professional golf. The singer even schedules tour dates closer to courses he wants to play. However Timberlake, who plays with a 6 handicap, has one not so little problem. This problem could hinder his ability to ever compete in a pro tournament. What kind of problem does a multi-millionaire pop singer who gets to play golf daily have? Mr. Timberlake has stage freight when it comes to golf. He recently admitted that if there are more than twenty people watching, he can't hit the ball straight. If you think this is rather odd, you're not the only one. Timberlake has played in arenas packed with thousands of people (including a Super Bowl performance) since he was a teenager, so how can he be afraid of twenty people? I doubt this will help his chances of playing in a pro tournament, but hey we all have dreams.
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This does seem a little odd. I have this same "fear" sometimes when I'm hitting in front of a group and it does make you appreciate what the pros deal with every time out. Even when they play Tuesday practice rounds they have more people watching than we do added up over our whole golfing lives. It's impressive.
Justin can surely get over that with the help of a good golf psychologist, which he can certainly afford. I would guess.
After seeing him on that Torrey Pines / break 100 show before the US Open, I have to say he would be a great personality on Tour. He seemed pretty comfortable to me. Agreed. With a psychologist and some golf coaches, I see no reason why he couldn't become competitive.
More to the point, when he played at Torrey Pines in the Break 100 event, espn.com listed the handicaps, and Timberlake had only posted a handful of scores over the past few years. Perhaps the 6 handicap is a little inflated with slective postings of scores.
Nonetheless, I think we all have dealt with the fear of playing in front of a crowd, even if that crowd is less than 10 people.
It'd be fun to have people post their most nervous golf situations. Easily mine so far was teeing off on number 1 at Bethpage Black. There are loads of people waiting for tee times on all 5 courses and the expectations of "the sign" loom large. So scary. Lucky for me- I only pulled mine a bit- and didn't shank it.
Justin, don't give up your day, (or night), job! Be satisfied with what you do best. It certainly ain't hitting a golf ball!
My most nervous situation in golf? Trying to have a conversation with John Daly in front of Fuzzy Zoeller at an informal get together of about 100 people. Daly kept "shanking it" by everything he said, and I could not keep a straight face. And he wasn't trying to be funny.
The only thing that makes me nervous on a golf course is running out of beer. Well, that and 30-40 yd. pitches.
Nervous is just a fear of failure. If you're a 6 and you snap hook one OB you say, "Hey, I'm a 6. That doesn't happen very often." If you're a 30 and you slice one into the woods you say, "Hey, I'm a 30. That happens all the time."
Team Lexus says:
Kickntrue, that comment made me laughed!!!
TaylorFade: That comment reminded me of John Daly after he ran out of beer on the golf course! After already consuming a case! Cheers!!
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THere is one course I play where my high school coach is the starter. For some reason, everytime we play my friends and I cannot get off the tee without a pull-hook into the woods out-of-bounds or block it onto the other fairway.
When I play there and he is not the starter, I get off the tee fine. I guess it's nerves.
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