Just played 9 holes again, finished in 47 (par 36), which is OK for me.
Today I forced myself not to think about the game, but about my favorite music, and it worked!
Much less stress, much less mishits. Only 3 or 4 real mishits over the 9 holes, including 1 drive.
Unfortunately, bad luck knocked on my door 3 times, making me need at least 5 strokes more than I should have.
Hole number 3, par 4, 350 yards, dogleg to the right:
with a water-stream crossing the entire FW 100 yards in front of the green, I limit my drive, since I usually can't carry it 260 yards, often resulting in the ball rolling into the water.
Ball stops just over 200 yards and I hit my 6-iron, but way to short, leaving me with a pitch from about 70 yards.
A bad bounce to the right and my ball ends up in the right side bunker.
Bunkers are my nightmare: either I follow through too strong and over-hit the green, or I don't follow through enough and the ball stays in the bunker!
Today, it was the first option, forcing me to pitch again to get the ball on the green, but about 18 feet from the hole.
2-putt, triple bogey.
Without that bad bounce, It would have been par or bogey.
Hole number 5, par 4, 298 yards:
the green has 2 entrances, 1 left and 1 right, separated by a bunker.
The right entrance however is also partially blocked by a tree.
My drive was a little too much to the right,so I had no choice but to go for the right entrance.
Used my 9-iron to pitch it from about 70 yards, but just in front of the entrance, the ball makes a bad bounce to the left and bounces back on the tree.
Pitch again from 15 yard and bring the ball at 3 feet from the hole, 1-putt, I save par but would probably have made birdie without that tree.
Hole number 8, par 4, 268 yards.
The green is protected by a water-stream, which usually swallows my ball when I drive it good (+240 yards), so I limit my drive again, ending up rater short, 70 yards in front of the water.
By that time, I start losing my music-focus, the stress sets in again and I top my 9-iron, ball goes into the water.
Chip over, but it's uphill across the water, and the ball bounces back to settle on the very edge of the water, leaving me with a very difficult pitch.
Afraid to under-hit it, I do the opposite (off course!), and the ball settles at the other edge of the green, about 60 feet from the hole.
Now it's a strong down-hill lie and hitting it a little too fast will send the ball into the water again, so I leave it way short, causing myself to 3-putt.
Overall, however, I can't complain too much.
The relaxation-trick seems to work, and pitching my irons instead of my Sw, like I did before, has proven to be much more consistent and easier.