I recently read a book (can't remember name, will update later) that basically suggested playing best ball on the course to improve your game. The basic premise is that you play 3 ball best ball, but instead of having two playing partners, you are the one hitting the three different shots. After picking the best ball of your three you proceed to hit 3 more shots from the placement of your best shot previously.
Often golfers lack confidence and after they get a few bad shots under their belt they start to crumble, or start off horribly and never regain their composure.
The theory behind this proposed way of playing is to show players that they can actually make the shots required to score low and do have the skill to do so. In theory a lot of players have the physical and mental capability to shoot low scores but too often lack the focus or confidence to do it consistently playing one ball.
It is suggested to do this over a 9 hole period and to track your numbers to see how often your best shot is your first, second, or third. I tried this today out on the course and I shot even par (36). Now I know I was playing the best of three different balls to accomplish this but I do feel like it proved to me that I "can" physically make the shots required to score low, but I have to work on improving my consistency and focus in order to do so.
I am going to continue to do this over the rest of the winter break and compare my stats from round to round. It will be interesting to see if the number of times I am playing my first shot as my best shot improves any or stays the same.
Anyway, this may have been brought up before, and if so my apologies. I found it to be an interesting confidence booster and may help those who struggle with confidence on the course.