The South African tied fourth at the US Open at Merion on Sunday thanks to an impressive one-under-par final round of 69.
That saw him post a five-over total for the tournament, won by England's Justin Rose who finished one over.
Els carded five birdies in his final round, having managed just 13 all week on the relatively short but brutal Pennsylvania course.
However, he is hoping for a less mentally-draining experience in Munich, where the tournament has returned for its 25th anniversary.
"I've been coming here for a long time and hopefully the course is not as tough as Merion - it will be nice to putt for a birdie now and again," Els said at his pre-tournament press conference at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried.
"I've had a couple of mixed results, but I've played well here for the most part.
"I didn't play too well a couple of years ago right after the US Open at Pebble Beach but normally I like it here.
"Partly because, as I say, if you play half decently you can putt for a lot of birdies and actually make a score.
"You've still got to hit the shots. Although it's easier shots and the shot values are a little bit different than the US Open.
"The course is not going to lie over and die for you so you have to hit the shots and make the putts but at least you feel mentally that you've got a better chance of being able to do that."
While conditions in Germany may be soft like Merion the course is nowhere near as punishing.
"Hopefully it's not 22 under par, but it's going to be low, because it's soft," added Els, who partnered world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko in the pro-am.
"They have had a lot of rain here, so the course will be soft and when conditions are soft these guys will make birdies so you have to try to shoot a 66 every round."
European Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer and United States counterpart Dustin Johnson are also in the field this week having made the same trip back across the Atlantic as Els.
BMW PGA champion Matteo Manassero found himself deposed at the top of the Race to Dubai rankings by Rose's US Open triumph but that does not unduly concern the Italian, who has set a more attainable target this season which was boosted by his win at Wentworth last month.
"I think top 10 would be a great achievement," said the 20-year-old. "I was 13th last year, so I guess a step forward would be top 10.
"I'm in good position to do it but we're only in June. You have to keep your form up, you've got to keep playing well.
"I guess this stretch this summer is going to be really important for me.
"It's nice to be close to the top in The Race to Dubai - that's where I play and where I want to do well."
Yorkshireman Danny Willett is hoping a back problem will not hamper the defence of his maiden European Tour title secured 12 months ago.
"I've been trying to make sure the back is good and strong, especially for this one, so I'm happy to come back," said the 25-year-old.
"I had an MRI (scan) a couple of weeks ago and last week to check out how the progress is, and it showed a couple of different things.
"I just need a bit of hard work and a bit of rest and physio - it's a long process but it's getting on."