Originally Posted by Dave
Basically, I have a couple of groups I play with where my game just falls apart.
I play 75% of the time as a single and even though I'll get paired with strangers a good bit of the time, I'm able to focus on my game and play fairly well.
When I play with the relatives or with the work buddies, it turns into a 'smoke and joke' fest and my 82 can turn in to 102. It drives me nuts but I can't seem to shake it.
It's not pressure to do well or getting nervous. It's just my brain's not in golf mode and before I know it, the round is over and I've posted a big score.
Just curious if there are any good books or other resources out there that deal with this mental side of the game?
Maybe its the pace. I know when i play with some of the guys in my league. If your not use to it, you can feel rushed. They play fast. I mean pick club, one practice swing, and hit. And they don't take long to pick a club.
If not, then i would say try to create a game to play, maybe set mini goals during the round. Like, try to hit +2 on the next three holes. Just to gain focus.
I also recommend developing an action that gets you into your preshot routine. Like, tugging on your glove, or taking a breath, or tapping the club. Something routine that clicks you over to golf mode. Then you can divert your time between a casual round with the friends and playing good golf.