I am an 11 handicap and I just cannot break 80. I will be playing well until the last 2 or 3 holes and will double or bogey them. I keep score, but i dont want to know where i stand for psychological reasons, but when i finish i realize because of that double or bogey, i end up shooting in the 80's. Any advice on how to keep my cool and finish strong?
I'd say just relax and take deep breaths
Short game short game short game!!!! I find when im lookin to fire a score, Being relaxed in my most confortable setting allows me to play free and enjoy the last holes and the excitement of firing a low round(becuase you should enjoy it!!)... I find when I am to concerned with my score I will try to "not-miss" instead of JUST SWINGING!! It is essential to be loose and unaware of personal bests... This is very difficult but some Mental training - like breathing, yoga, "inter-connected" feelings with your body and mind is the only way to release this feeling from your body... This separation from mind and body will let you swing like you know you can... A great book that helped me with this is "Golf is not a game of Perfect" by Dr Bob Rotella - Check it out !!
I just broke 80 on one of my home courses, shot a 79 - I had the same chance a few weeks earlier and 3 putted for an 81 instead.
On both occasions, I knew where I stood in my round and knew exactly what I needed to do to break 80. Since you have tried the equivalent of "not looking at the leaderboard" type of playing, maybe you should know where you stand so you have a clear idea of what you need to do to reach your goal. When I shot my 79 I knew on the 17th tee that I needed to shoot par or better on the last two holes to do it - and this time I was able to do it. If I wasn't aware of what I needed to do, perhaps I would have gotten sloppy or lost my focus. This way, I concentrated on hitting good tee shots and playing smart 2nd shots into the greens, and getting the ball in the hole.
I hope I can do it again and hope you reach your goal!
Here's a little trick that works for me so I hope it works for you.
I am a five handicapper so when I walk onto the first tee I visualise my name on the leaderboard at five under.
See how long you can get into the round before you get to "even par".
If you can get to the 17th or 18th tee still "under par" I guarantee you that you wont be thinking about 3 putts.
Happens to me all of the time. Like today for instance, I was 5 over through 16 and all i had to do was par 17 and 18 to break 80 (witch i've never done before) or even bogey 17 and 18 and shoot 79. But I went on to triple 17 and double 18 and shoot a 83. I just have to stay focused all 18, not just 16!
Clinton Mi would suggest getting some golf lessons.
I do. I have figured out that my drives are hurting me. My instructor says my swing with my irons is great, but my drives are the shots that are hurting my game. If I could just get it in the fairway and have 160 or less in, breaking 80 would be a lot easier.
Focus on the goal which is two keep playing the way you have been playing for the previous 15 or 16 holes. If you get caught up with the score and over think the process of hitting good shots you will choke. It has happend to me way too many times. My main advice is to focus on the shot you have at that moment.
Just dont focus on score. I mean the reason we all play golf is to have FUN. If you let it happen rather than making it happen you will be in the 70s. Have fun and enjoy your round and I guarantee it will happen.
dillon kJust dont focus on score. I mean the reason we all play golf is to have FUN. If you let it happen rather than making it happen you will be in the 70s. Have fun and enjoy your round and I guarantee it will happen.