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Jakester:
Honestly, 2 or more years ago I must admit that after / during any one single, first blow up hole of the round I would lose my cool / focus - BUT being more experienced now and playing a lot more golf - I have had situations where I have gone: blowup hole +4/+5, followed by birdie, par, par,bogey, par (or something similar). In other words, a blowup hole / couple bad shots do not ruin my round or put me into a slump at first because im very well aware I can recover and often times I do recover... WHERE I DO start getting angry losing focus is after 2-3 blow up holes, maybe with a few double bogeys mixed in...that point is usually when there is 4-6 holes left and I realize if I do not birdie / par all of them, I will not be low 90s maybe breaking 90....Don't get me wrong, honestly I still play the remaining holes as best as I can - and usually end up with 98-107. I do totally agree with your thought about not being comfortable over the ball, I get that feeling sometimes and still swing usually resulting in a poor shot.

Tees2Trees:
Yup, exactly - flashes of GREAT golf followed by terrible misses / mishits. 
I will say I do not go to the range often (1 time a week if lucky)...I usually try to get to the course early and spend 45 mins on the range + an hour chipping / putting. Perhaps more range time during the week would help? There is many weeks where im only swinging a club on Saturday / Sunday...the days I play. I probably should be fitted for equipment as right now I am playing titleist blades...and probably should not be. I am only playing them because they were given to me and cost me $0...have been using them for 3.5 years. I am wondering if I might find more consistency using forged and/or cavity backs? However the irons are not my main problem. I would say without a doubt, my problem is the driver, 5 wood, 3 wood...basically getting off the tee. I know so many people who have improved their scores by tossing the driver and just taking 3-5 wood off the tee, but I am just as bad / inconsistent with my woods as with my driver!! I actually may be a little more consistent with my driver! So that does not really help me (getting rid of driver). My miss is a HUGE slice. It's so painful and demoralizing when I see that shot come off my club. Thanks for your helpful input.

Wardy:
(see above in my response to Jakester). And honestly, I would never quit. I should not have even said that. I had just got done with a terrible round...I think I was just trying to emphasize how frustrated I am w/ the game.
 

plum:

Yup, as I mention above my driver and woods are all over the place - its a mess. When I do hit a solid drive I am easily carrying 275-285. But when I miss it...forget it. Thats great your 3 wood works much more consistent then driver...but like I said I miss bad with woods just as if not more often then driver. 

post #20 of 21

Those blowups come from allowing mistakes to compound.  I'm guilty of it too.... I'm that guy that shoots 89 in a tournament with a 13 on a par 4 (happened this year).  

 

The trick is to not let one bad shot lead to another.  Take each shot as an individual event.  It's a helluva lot harder than it sounds, but if you can learn to do that, the blowups that used to be +5's will suddenly be +2's instead.  

 

Another tip that I've found works for me is playing the course in 3 hole segments.  Don't worry about what you are scoring for the 9 or the 18... but instead focus on playing 3 solid holes at a time.  Let's say you start with 3 pars... you were even par for that 3 holes.  The clock resets, and now you have a new 3 holes to try to shoot even par on.  The good thing about this method is, it almost forces you to take it 1 hole at a time rather than thinking about how that sliced tee shot is ruining your round.

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Originally Posted by Unkynd View Post
 

Those blowups come from allowing mistakes to compound.  I'm guilty of it too.... I'm that guy that shoots 89 in a tournament with a 13 on a par 4 (happened this year).  

 

I look at this entirely different, I'm just glad that my entire round was not a series of blowup holes. :-)

 

That also still happens to me. :8) , but less so with each lesson.

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