Originally Posted by inthehole
If I know Im having a really good round - I won't total up the score until its over ... I always find a way to blow it if I know I have to make par on the last hole, etc.
I believe the above statement is a pretty common among those of us who struggle to make bogey or par on any given hole. My experience is the less one dwells on the potential final score, the better one will play down the stretch. It is too easy for me to get ahead of myself and subtly change my game when I know a good score is in the offing.
So if I were going to give you three pieces of advice (recalling that free advice is typically worth the cost):
1. Just write down the score for each hole. Restrain your tendency to keep a running total or to track where you are in relation to par. Just work at playing each shot as best as you can. Write down the total at the end of the hole. Wipe the slate clear and begin the next hole.
2. Don't change the way you play as you near the end of the round. If you typically hit driver on #18 and usually have a playable drive, then hit driver. Don't change to a 3-wood or 7-iron to "keep it in play" or play for a bogey.
3. Analyze your play and try to identify holes on which you almost always post a large number. On those holes, think about whether a different approach might yield a better result. If there is a hole where 90% of the time you are in trouble off the tee, maybe it is time to hit that 7-iron or 3-wood and develop an alternate approach. There was a hole we used to play in league. It was into the setting sun, over a cross hazard, narrow with a severely canted fairway that required one to hit to the right side which was bordered by woods. Everyone, including me, almost always hit a driver into trouble. Eventually I teed off with a 4-iron. Yes, I sometimes got into trouble with the 4-iron, too. But there were many more times I found the fairway and started to make a few pars and bogies.
So good luck in posting more and lower "bests" and I hope we don't completely screw your game up with our advice.