I was going to add a poll, but I am having trouble seeing that option.
Does Your 1st Hole Score Affect Rest of Round?
Poll Results: Does your first hole score affect the rest of your round?
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I voted no.
Used to if it was on the negative side, but not so much anymore. That first one's gone as soon as I walk off the green.
Just last Saturday I made a double on No. 1 when it took me two tries to get out of a bunker, but I immediately offset that with a textbook birdie on the par-5 2nd and went on to have a good round.
IMO, it does sound like a really good or bad 1st hole score may have an effect on the rest of the 17. These are some examples of a really good or bad 1st hole score effecting the rest of the round.
1. Start thinking about shooting a really good score after a good 1st hole and then blowing up.
2. Free-wheeling after a bad 1st hole and shooting a good round.
3. Getting more focused after a good 1st hole and shooting a very good round.
4. Losing focus after a bad 1st hole and shooting an exceptionally bad round.
When I say "effect" I mean a positive OR negative correlation with the rest of the round.
I am really impressed by how often Touring Pros seem to block things out and be able to play and execute 1 shot at a time regardless of what has happened previously, while many amateurs I see don't seem to have this skill.
I wish I could say no, but I honestly said yes.
My usual first hole is an easy par 4, and the second hole is a fairly difficult par 4. If I don't do well on the first, it is pressure on me to catch up, and it is in my head. I know I shouldn't think that way, and I am working on it. That said, I very often have a better score on the more difficult second.
At the time you posted this not one single person had said yes, you had one ambiguous answer, and everyone else said no effect.
And your conclusion was yes it did have an effect.
How does your conclusion follow from the responses?