Last week I decided to take a break from the blog to just play golf, some much needed golf you could say. When I wasn’t golfing, I was selling old golf clubs to try and make a bit of extra money. Thought this topic would be a great way to get back on my writing schedule, and I am hoping someone out there can relate to this.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but for whatever reason towards the end of every golf round I just get tired to the point where I even struggle to finish the round. Whether it is something mental or physical, this has always been a problem for me.
A couple reasons why this could be happening, the first being just out of routine and the fact that I am just not used to playing a round of golf…since I don’t play regularly my body just gets tired towards the end.
The next reason could be my pace of play, I am one of those people who likes to get off to a good start so for me a good front nine is important mentally. The only thing is by the time I get to the back nine maybe I am just too tired, but then again I am only 20….how can I be this tired?
The final reason why this could be is maybe I just lose focus. Even when I was younger and was in tournaments, I had always played worse on the back nine no matter the course, tournament, conditions. Below is my scorecard from a qualifier round when I was 14, I only had three strokes more on the back than the front, but I had lost focus. I ended up shooting 89 and missing the cut by one, looking back on the round I knew by the 11th hole I had lost focus.
I thought that if I could repeat what I did on the front I would qualify, but I got carried away and decided to take my foot off the gas you could say. By the 11th hole I was thinking about future tournaments and totally lost focus on the final holes I still had to complete.
Like I said, this has always been a problem for me and even my most recent round I had trouble closing out. Last week, I played at my home course where I shot 38 on the front and 45 on the back. Whatever the reason is, maybe all three I listed, I need to take the time and fix this….and I truly believe just getting out on the course more and getting back into routine will help. If you have ever experienced this on the course I would love to hear your thoughts, could really use some advice on how to overcome this.
Do you have trouble closing out rounds? If so, how have you dealt with it? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!