I play 9 holes at least 3 Sunday afternoons out of 4, and can go around my home course in a (strict rules) 41-43 for 9 pretty consistently.
However when some friends invite me to go and play on a course unfamiliar to me, it’s as if I cannot play at all. I battle to break 55! (per 9.) Fat shots, topping off the tee, duffed chips, etc. Not just bad shots, but embarrassing ones!
I can understand that course management is not so easy on an unfamiliar course, and of course one is not used to the greens, but why should the swing disappear as well?
On my home course I know where to place the ball to avoid trouble, and which clubs to use. On an unfamiliar course there is always some guesswork (at my level!) in the club selection, so anxiety about that may be causing a rushed pre-shot routine, looking up too early to check ball flight, etc.
Does this happen to any of you? Any advice?