2013 World Am Recap
By mustang6560 on 9/4/13

The oobgolf crew who played in the 2013 World Am! From left-to-right: GolfSmith7, rodrigovaldes, jfurr, birdieXris, Mandelbaum!, mustang6560, Jattruia, jfurr's friend Joseph, and Mandelbaum!'s dad.


If the week of the World Am is like Christmas, then the week after is like the second week of school. It's hard to adjust back to the real world after a week of golf in Myrtle Beach. The only saving grace is it's a short week for us here in the U.S. -- hooray Labor Day!

Like oober GolfSmith7 wrote in his World Am wrap up yesterday, "There is nothing like tournament golf." It's true. You cannot recreate the excitement or the pressure of tournament golf, especially a tournament like the World Am. There are no gimmies, no mulligans, no scores caps. As oober jfurr can attest, if you dunk two in the water off the tee, you have to stand up and hit a third.

I learned more about the state of my game over the last four days than I did over the previous year. Here are a few DOs and DON'Ts for anyone planning to play in the World Am (or any golf tournament) next year.
  • DO NOT make swing changes right before the World Am. It seems like a no-brainer, right? Alas, I did and I paid for it. I didn't say anything to the oobers who went to Myrtle Beach because 1) I opened with a net 82, which put me T2, and 2) excuses are like ... well, you know how the saying goes. I've been experimenting with a narrower stance (like Adam Scott) and I haven't quite adjusted to it. I didn't know where my ball was going off the tee last week, which made for a very uncomfortable week. As the saying goes, Dance with the one who brought you. If you're playing a draw headed into the World Am, don't try and play a fade.

  • DO arrive to the course one hour ahead of your tee time. The two days I arrived a hour ahead of time, I shot 83 and 84. The two days I didn't, I shot 87 and 89. Like a good pre-shot routine, you need to give yourself enough time each morning to prepare for your round. That said, not arriving a full hour ahead of time isn't the only reason I progressively got worse as the week went on.

  • DO participate in the skins game. You just never know when your birdie (or eagle) will hold up against the field -- as one of the players in my flight found. He carded his first career hole in one at Carolina National, but he wasn't in the skins game so he didn't win anything. It's $100 for the week ($20 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and $40 Thursday). I was fortunate to win a skin again this year.

  • DO play a practice round in Myrtle Beach ahead of the World Am. It took me 12 holes in my practice round at Whispering Pines before I carded my first par. It's nice to be able to shake off any rust before the first round. As the pros say, you can't win it on the first day, but you can certainly loss it!

  • DO NOT get frustrated with Tiger or Rory for poor play. The most valuable lesson I learned was "If you don't have it, you don't have it." Despite my efforts, I couldn't turn it around late in the week. It wasn't because I didn't want to. I just didn't have it. I can't remember who I told last week, but I will not hate on any pro who collapses late Sunday anymore. As much as I've wanted Rory to win this year, he just hasn't had it. He'll get it back though. And until he does, I'll just accept his mediocre play.
I enjoyed sharing my experience with you for the third year in a row! If you missed any of our World Am coverage, click here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


[ comments ]
GolfSmith7 says:
Don't Make swing changes or and I'll add equipment changes like I did last year. Good word.
9/4/13
 
mjaber says:
Do always get your picture taken next to/with your arm around birdieXris.
9/4/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
DO have a backup plan in case the Starbucks line is too long.

Sorry Nathan but I have been steaming about that ever since you posted it. I just cannot believe you let your slavish addiction to brand-name coffees interfere with your tournament preparations.

Plus, was it really necessary to put jfurr on blast like that?
9/4/13
 
mustang6560 says:
beef:

1) I'm not blasting jfurr. I needed an example and I thought it would resonate with oob more if it happened to one of us versus a stranger.

2) It was the only coffee shop in the Sheraton! Had it been a PJs or Cups (regional coffees shops in my area), I would've been stuck in their line.
9/4/13
 
mjaber says:
Standing in line for coffee at a hotel is plain silly. I haven't travelled in a while, but when I was travelling, every hotel room I was in had a little coffee pot in it. Make your own coffee and get to the course on time.
9/4/13
 
mustang6560 says:
And a bagel.
9/4/13
 
Jattruia says:
I definitely shot better after a DD coffee, so i won't fault you for that one. Also, i agree 100% with all your Dos/Don'ts. I tinkered with my swing on Sat, and abandoned all that by Sunday.
9/4/13
 
mjaber says:
At least Jattruia went and got GOOD coffee...
9/4/13
 
birdieXris says:
i don't know how you can drink coffee before a round of tournament golf. Gets me all jittery and screws up my swing. I drink juice. Wakes me up just fine.
9/4/13
 
Dusty23 says:
If I don't have my coffee, I'm all jittery and it will screw up my swing.
9/4/13
 
srogers13 says:
It looks like birdieXris is doing his DLIII impression in that picture.
9/4/13
 
mmontisano says:
i think what we all want to know is, did you all bring your own putter to the Putt-Putt match?

and i'm with mjaber and dusty. i need coffee too, but i'll make my own from the hotel freebies or get it at the course.
9/4/13
 
falcon50driver says:
My wife has a coffee cup with a line on it. Above the line it says "Don't talk" the line is low on the cup, but below the line, it says "Talk"
I always wait till the level of coffee is below the line before saying "Good Morning"
9/4/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I'm just amazed your wifes line is stationary. The one on my wifes cup moves from day to day.
9/5/13
 
falcon50driver says:
lol
9/5/13
 
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