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I' am a 11 Handicap (officially) As of recently i have been consistently shooting in the mid- to high 70's. I feel i am on the cusp of playing some really good golf. However I find it very difficult mentally to handle it. Great example, the last 3 or 4 holes. I can be shooting -2 or even a -3 going into 14. Then my nerves hit me. I almost become to excited that I may shoot a 72 or better and i end up taking a 7 or an 8 on one of the final hole then getting lucky if I bogey after that.
Mentally, I like to think i am fairly tough in regards to recovering from a bad hole. I generally play a round 3-holes at a time. If i am swinging bad I take the time to breathe and look around. It's just extremely difficult to shut off my mind that I am playing a good round with possibilities to score very well towards the end.
Any tips/advice would be great, Thanks!
So far I think you are in the right track, 3 holes at a time. It is nearly impossible not to think about the score, especially when you are playing well... how hard can it be to count if you are just taking a few strokes, right? I think it is just best to embrace the pressure, feel it, learn it and deal with it. By doing that, you will eventually get used to it and you will know how to handle the situation. Another thing is, taking it one shot at a time. And during your finishing holes, just continue with what you have been doing. Don't change anything during a round.
Drop your 3 hole round down to one. When you finish the hole, it is over, history good or bad. The next hole is the start of a new round. Bottom line play the round one hole at at a time. The next shot is the most important and the last shot is ancient history so forget about it.
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That is a really great idea. Another good idea is, if you can, have someone caddy for you and have them write down the score. Don't even think about it. I play for my high school and we play in foursomes. I have the player on my team keep my score and I'll keep theirs. That way we won't know our score until after the round. Just give that a try if you can.
I do that to you just got to focus on the hole you are on and only that one.