So I have been playing golf for about 14 years now. Playing with a desire to truly improve beyond slicing two streets off the course for about 5 to 6 years. I used to not give a damn, I just wanted to go out and have fun. Which I was, but I wanted to lower my score and get better. So thanks to a neighbor/best friend/personal golf coach I have managed to drop my handicap to 12.3 according to the AGA. (Arizona Golf Association).
I peeked though around 82. I could never seem to get lower than that number. My biggest issue was I would play well, often 2 to 4 strokes over on the front nine only to blow up on the back. And it usually came on 2 or 3 holes where I just fell apart. I let my mechanics get sloppy and things went down hill. I was getting to tired at the end of the round. I have not been as active as I used to due to bad back.(I know, pulling a Tiger here.) Pinched nerves and a partially removed disc makes the back stiff. I have learned to play around that for the most part though. Just not as flexible as I used to be.
So I went out the other day for a nice morning round of golf on a weekday off. The range was closed due to the picker being broken, so it was off to the first tee with not a single warm up shot. I usually hit a medium to large bucket before playing. I played with gentlemen and his elderly father. They were both very relaxed and took their time playing. The entire day I felt more relaxed on the course than I ever have. I felt in the zone almost every shot. Each shot I hit I felt like it was a nice easy warm up shot, except it went as far as normal, and sometimes a little farther. I realized after finishing with a 78 that I wasn't tired.
I hit way to many balls before playing and was killing myself. By the time I got to the back nine my back was always stiff as a board and I was worn out. I play again saturday for our club outing and am excited to see how it goes. I plan on not warming up before hand with a bunch of balls. Some chipping and thats about it. I think I may have finally figured out what my major issue was.