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post #1 of 16
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Nothing mind boggling here and purely anecdotal:

 

What is it about the final hole in a round that often seems nearly perfect?  Just about everyone experiences that even during a horrifying round, it seems like everything comes together on the 18th.  Maybe because you are simply resigned, and thus more relaxed, not trying so hard to fix something, I don't know.............  Almost as deep as asking "What is your purpose in life?".

 

Like yesterday, long drive, down the middle, long fairway approach onto the middle of the green, saying to myself, "where in the hell did that come from?".

 

Oh well......that's Goff.

post #2 of 16

Ever wonder why you always make the retry putt after missing the first one? 

 

Read some self help books on golf, like "Zen Golf". Its a state of mind basically, or it could be totally coincidental. c2_beer.gif

post #3 of 16

It's usually like that for me unless of course somehow, I'm having a good round.. I think it's because I get excited that I am actually doing well, so naturally the golf gods come out.. But usually the last hole I play (whether it be 9 or 18) is pretty good.. Like yesterday, up and down from a bunker to save par....

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post

Ever wonder why you always make the retry putt after missing the first one? 

 

Read some self help books on golf, like "Zen Golf". Its a state of mind basically, or it could be totally coincidental. c2_beer.gif

That's a good idea.  I vaguely recall reading something like that or perhaps only hearing about it years ago. But I do not recall ever retrying a putt unless it was on a practice green. I usually end up simply walking off the green "mumbling" to myself wondering why I ever took up the game in the first place.

post #5 of 16

There are plenty of people who will tell stories of "only needing a bogey" to break 80 or 70 or 90 on the 18th and leaving with a triple, too.

 

So I don't know that the 18th always produces good results. In fact, I'd be curious to see how the 18th features. I'd imagine many golfers actually score worse - largely because the 18th is often a hole where architects figure they have their last chance to put up a hole you'll remember, so it's often more difficult than some of the "interior" holes.

post #6 of 16
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There are plenty of people who will tell stories of "only needing a bogey" to break 80 or 70 or 90 on the 18th and leaving with a triple, too.

So I don't know that the 18th always produces good results. In fact, I'd be curious to see how the 18th features. I'd imagine many golfers actually score worse - largely because the 18th is often a hole where architects figure they have their last chance to put up a hole you'll remember, so it's often more difficult than some of the "interior" holes.

Case in point..... I shot 79 today, finishing double, double. Just 2 bad swings.....2 really bad swings. a5_crying.gif
post #7 of 16

For me, there is nothing special about the final hole.    Perfect hole happens rather seldom, and randomly when I least expect it.

 

One of my home courses is very hilly and I walk most of the times.   I am exhausted by the time I reached the final hole (or final 3 holes).  My score reflects it. 

post #8 of 16

I like a par 5 as the last hole.  In most instances if I play the hole well I will have a wedge or short iron to the green and that brings a potential birdie or "easy" 2-putt par into the picture.  Very few courses end with a par 3 and that is a good thing in my book.  Most common ending is like iacas mentioned, a tough and/or picturesque par 4.  A course I frequently play ends with a par 4 that is a real struggle for me (447 yards) and there is rarely a feeling of serenity when I reach that hole (unless I was 2-up in the match at that point).

post #9 of 16

as I said, coincidental but frequent.

post #10 of 16

Worst thing is 18 holes ending on a par 3.  How lame!!  Nothing like teeing it up at the 18th hole.  Ahh.  Or even the 1st, 2nd, 3rd...

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hacker James View Post
 

Nothing mind boggling here and purely anecdotal:

 

What is it about the final hole in a round that often seems nearly perfect?  Just about everyone experiences that even during a horrifying round, it seems like everything comes together on the 18th.  Maybe because you are simply resigned, and thus more relaxed, not trying so hard to fix something, I don't know.............  Almost as deep as asking "What is your purpose in life?".

 

Like yesterday, long drive, down the middle, long fairway approach onto the middle of the green, saying to myself, "where in the hell did that come from?".

 

Oh well......that's Goff.

 

Nah.... It goes both ways.  On my home course, I've birdied the 18th (430 yard par 4) to cap a bad round, and I've triple bogied it after reaching the 18th tee at 1 under par.

post #12 of 16

I'm more of the fall apart on the 18th kinda guy.  I think it's just because I am often tired and my swing gets quirky.  The other week I was sitting in the middle of the 17th fairway needing par par to shoot 85 and have the best round I have ever had... well approach shot long and right.  Bogey.  18th hole, good solid strike off the tee but too far and into the bunker.  Play out of the bunker to the right rough, absolutely PURE 6 iron way over the green from 160 out lol.  Made double bogey and shot 88, only tying my best round ever.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by TJBam View Post
 

Worst thing is 18 holes ending on a par 3.  How lame!!  Nothing like teeing it up at the 18th hole.  Ahh.  Or even the 1st, 2nd, 3rd...

 

Par 3 18 is the best, that way if you par it you can forget about the previous 17 holes of suck!

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post
 

 

Nah.... It goes both ways.  On my home course, I've birdied the 18th (430 yard par 4) to cap a bad round, and I've triple bogied it after reaching the 18th tee at 1 under par.

 

Same here.  Most of the courses I play have either a hard/long par 4 or par 5 to finish. If I get par, then I played it well. The par 5 at my league course is long (565 from the back tee and 539 from the next) and is virtually impossible to reach in two with a strategic creek/marsh at 100 - 80. The green is elevated (at least one club) has three tiers and if the flag is up, it is a difficult putt.  I've seen putts come all the way back.  I have pared it twice this year but usually bogey.

 

I does feel good to play the last hole well.

post #15 of 16
I would call it the "I only need so and so to shoot XXX" syndrome. You get to 18 after playing decent all day and remember you only need bogey to break some personal goal. Duck hook, hack out, thin, thin, chunk, three putt. On the other hand, there is that "Oh well, I ain't shooting 80 today" syndrome as well. playing like poop all day long and you don't care- you'll take your poison and wash it down with a mug at the bar. Stripe one, settle a medium iron to 6 feet and make your birdie. The inevitable "That will get you back tomorrow" line from a playing partner makes you want to stick a bunker rake through his ear.
Edited by RayG - 9/6/13 at 9:35am
post #16 of 16

I do not look forward to our 18th.  Usually, a bad round gets worse, a good round gets penalized.  Not very long but precise.  Gets in my head, I know.

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