Originally Posted by Strandly
Hydrated, yeah.. eating I'm not sure. Normally I eat something small an hour or two before I go play and then nothing for the entire round besides water. The last round I played I stopped at the turn and got a bratwurst and Gatorade and it made me feel tired and bloated the entire back 9. It probably varies from person to person but if I'm concentrating on something my hunger switch shuts off completely and if I eat something anyway it immediately makes me sleepy.
Anyway I seem to lose my focus on the back 9 as well and I'm not sure what it is. I think maybe it's because of all my previous poor shots and making little adjustments to not repeat them-- it just snowballs and makes me forget how to even hit the ball anymore.
20 handicap, you are bound to struggle from time to time. It's not a mental thing when the handicap is that large, it's a swing thing.
The OP's handicap is a 7.8, and this seems to just be happening recently. Something in his swing is changing during the round. He should have a decent swing to be shooting single digits.
As for hydrating, big thing. Today it was mid 80's and high humidity. I went through 1 bottle of water on the front nine, and 3 more on the back nine. Then I drank another bottle of water after the round.
As for eating, depends on when I last ate. If I am hungry I will eat something. If not, I can play 18 and not eat anything.