I'm working hard on improving my game, and I love to get out and play whenever possible. But every so often, I'll find myself in the middle a round where my head just isn't in the game. And when I lose focus on the course, all sorts of bad things happen from horrible fat shots, to putts that are blasted 10 feet past the cup.
I should clarify that "mentally checking out" is different from just playing poorly. When I'm playing poorly, I can still generally diagnose my problems and work on solutions. I often walk away from my bad rounds with a better understanding of what I need to work on during practice. But when I've lost focus, I have no clue about what is going on and how to fix it.
It's a catch 22 for me, because I'm not enjoying myself during these rounds, and I feel like by sticking it out, I'm just re-inforcing bad routines and habits. Just as importantly, those extra 1-2 hours are valuable to me and I feel could be better spent any number of different ways. That said, I make it a point to post all rounds, good and bad, so that my handicap will be an accurate reflection of my true ability. I hate to feel like I'm packing it in, just because I'm having a bad day.
So I'm curious to know - how does the forum here handle it when they are having a miserable round and are really not interested in continuing? Do you gut it out and finish or do you call it a day early?