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Better scores playing alone ?

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Today after a long while i played alone, and my scores were remarkably better, first 6 holes i had 6 gir's and pars, major blow up on 7 , 3 over, 8 was a double and 9 was a bogie, it by fas has been my lowest score 6 over in 9 holes, some how i have noticed when i play alone i shoot a better score, has anyone else experienced this ?
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Definitely better scores when I play alone, no pressure, no distractions and you think about every shot.
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Doesn't make a difference to me. Good golf comes and goes without me understanding why it happens.

The other day I played alone, made par,par, bogey, par, bogey, par and  the next two shots on the pa5 were spot on. Only 120 yards left to the green. Then something happend (shank) and I made double, double and tripple. This happens as often playing alone as playing in a group.

Think playing well in a group has to do with 'getting used to it'.

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i'm not playing as well when i'm alone. Even on just a round i'm not as good think i'm not enough focussed then.

i play my best rounds when playing some kind off tournament

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I generally score better alone - mainly because I can try *hero* shots without an audience. It's amazing how many of those work without an audience. That and the round goes too fast for me to overindulge in alcoholic beverages.

It is very rare for me to play alone - I enjoy the social part of the game and generally only play alone if I am sneaking out on a weekday and someone cancels last minute.

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I score better when pace of play is brisk, alone or not. I also play better when playing with better players more because don't want to look bad than competitiveness. Once I hit 2+ consecutive holes where I have to wait 5 minutes to hit, I may probably lose my rhythm. If it is backed up from the beginning, less likely to play badly but usually good for an extra couple of strokes.

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I haven't played alone in forever, probably over 20 years.  One reason being that unless the course is wide open, I lose focus having to wait so long between shots.  I also tend to be more lackadaisical without some kind of competitive goal.   Play for a dollar, a beer, bragging rights, whatever, but I need something to get me juiced.  I tend to play my best when playing with players better than me.

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Originally Posted by MacDutch

Doesn't make a difference to me. Good golf comes and goes without me understanding why it happens.

The other day I played alone, made par,par, bogey, par, bogey, par and  the next two shots on the pa5 were spot on. Only 120 yards left to the green. Then something happend (shank) and I made double, double and tripple. This happens as often playing alone as playing in a group.

Think playing well in a group has to do with 'getting used to it'.


Same for me, makes no difference.  Just depends on the day, I've played with a friend and we were talking and enjoying the day and I forgot I was golfing so I never got in my way and had a low score.  I've played by myself and didn't have to look for someone else's ball or wait for them to hit and had a low score, but the opposite has also happened!

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Originally Posted by MacDutch

Doesn't make a difference to me. Good golf comes and goes without me understanding why it happens.

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I play much better with an audience (weather my girlfriend just tagging along to watch, or vs an opponent).  I get very lax when I play solo and my mind tends to wonder.

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Originally Posted by achadha7

Today after a long while i played alone, and my scores were remarkably better, first 6 holes i had 6 gir's and pars, major blow up on 7 , 3 over, 8 was a double and 9 was a bogie, it by fas has been my lowest score 6 over in 9 holes, some how i have noticed when i play alone i shoot a better score, has anyone else experienced this ?

Absolutely..........

I only play alone when there is nobody in front of me..............  I can play lightening fast and I never have to wait.  It's easy to find a good rhythm and play well when I have the whole course to myself.   for me, it's a pace and rhythm thing........... If there was traffic on the course, I'd never want to play alone.  (that would be pure torture)   If there was traffic, I'd find somebody to pair-up with.........

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Originally Posted by achadha7

Today after a long while i played alone, and my scores were remarkably better, first 6 holes i had 6 gir's and pars, major blow up on 7 , 3 over, 8 was a double and 9 was a bogie, it by fas has been my lowest score 6 over in 9 holes, some how i have noticed when i play alone i shoot a better score, has anyone else experienced this ?

Nope.  I can't get into the game playing alone.  I need some sort of competition to get my juices flowing, even if it's just on paper.  Playing alone, I find that I just go through the motions.

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I would say I play the same. Occasionally all of the stars align and I shoot a really low round either way.

Problem is that when I'm playing alone on one of those days I consider it a huge waste. For that reason for the last couple of years if there's nobody to play with and I still have the urge to play it's usually just a practice round and I usually hit a lot of extra shots so there is no official score anyway.

I made an exception and actually played 9 holes and kept score a couple of weeks ago and shot a 31 (huge waste). The next morning in the money game, when it counted I shot a 40 for the same nine holes.

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