Originally Posted by MattM
That's a good question MDL. I will check my stats and get back to you. Ok, 7/26 40 on front 48 on back. 7/23 42 on front 45 on back. 7/18 40 front 43 back. 7/12 42 front 43 back. 6/9 41 front 47 back.
I'm in good shape (6'0 180) I hit the ball a mile. I don't feel like I'm getting tired, but as they say "feel and real." If you look at the score.....The only time the back 9 is within 3 strokes of the front is when I'm playing a course where the back is easier. That said, I haven't had a round where I've actually scored better on the back.
I'll start a round hitting every drive 280+ middle of the fairway. My irons will be solid etc. Then I'll get on the back nine and that same 9 iron I was hitting 155 on the front won't go 135 on the back. Sometimes ill try to really put my weight forward thinking I'm flipping but nothing really ever helps. It def has me stumped!
20 yard drop in 9i distance is crazy! Just from the splits I'd guess there's probably less problem than you think, probably more or less random. But with the detail about the courses and your experience of the rounds and the crazy distance drop, it does seem like you've been struggling towards the end of the round.
Only idea I have (aside from @Lihu's note that he feels like he generally loses focus), is suggested by your comment about trying to fix the distance loss. I play to pretty similar scores to you, maybe low 80s more often, but still solidly 80s. In the past I've struggled with mental game when I hit 40 or 41, or even 42 on the front. Thinking I'm playing fairly well and if I just tighten up my game a bit, fix whatever major miss I've been hitting, I could shoot 37 or 38 on the back and break 80. I'd get away from focusing on a single swing thought and visualization and close focus (and often smart decision making) and whatnot and start trying to fix things with every swing, lots of shifting swing thoughts, taking not smart risks, almost always making things worse. That sound familiar?