Originally Posted by guttle11
I read this thread, but really don't contribute too much. Like you, I am a low handicap player pretty much obsessed with getting better. What I've found is there are times where the constant grinding of the gears is too much. The game becomes a chore and ceases to be fun, and the scores rise. Had it happen to me just last week in a tournament. Leading up to it I was really intense, and I bombed in epic fashion. I started off with a triple bogey, then a snap hook drive that led to a bogey, then missed 5 straight birdie putts under 15 feet. Snap hooked another on 8 and the next 28 holes are a blur of fail. I was hitting 240 yard drives I was so screwed up, and normally that's my comfy 5 wood distance. It was a miracle I even made 2 birdies in 2 days, and I can make 2 birdies per 9 in my sleep the majority of the time (and 2 bogeys, but hey, all pars is boring golf).
Simply put, I was too focused on score and blew up. I was mentally fried, and I'm guessing you are too. I tend to let my score dictate level of enjoyment, which is the easiest way to derail a round. The grip tightens, the shoulders tighten, the hips lock. Mental issues become physical issues, and you can very easily undo years of muscle memory in a few bad rounds. Suddenly a bad week becomes a bad month, which becomes a battle you'll fight for a year.
Played my 9 hole league this week (I never care about what I shoot in the league) and I shot 33 while practically carrying on conversations as I was swinging. I played Dr. Gio and looked myself in the proverbial mirror, and really got back to basics. Funny (at least to me)...I shot a 67 a few weeks ago and I can't really remember more than 4 shots from that round. As any serious golfer will tell you, that's not normal. I can still go hole by hole from HS tourneys, but my best score ever last month? I'd really have to work to tell that story.
Take the next round off mentally and go back to what makes the game fun. If you don't normally drink during a round, get a couple of beers. Change up the format of the side bet if you have one. Play a new course, or play with people outside of your usual group. Whatever it takes to remove all self-induced, game ruining pressure. Golf truly imitates life, and sometimes you just need a mental health day.