Trouble Closing Out A Round

Trouble Closing Out A Round

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!

4 thoughts on “Trouble Closing Out A Round

  1. Sebastian,

    You are describing a routine problem for most amateurs. If walking, you will walk at least 5 miles on the course without even thinking about it. I am 56 years young and walk the course all the time. Most days I am ready for more after 18. However, my fitness training never starts on the golf course.

    Daily, I walk 5km or weight train or stretch. Sometimes I will do two of these things. Additionally, in the spring and fall I carry my clubs (this is only golf related activity I consider extra exercise). Also, I remain very active doing other things like Kayaking or hiking. My point to all of this, is golf fitness is a life style.

    To have the energy to finish a round of golf, a person needs to train off the course. I have made it part of my daily life and cannot imagine doing nothing for more than a day. This new mindset changes things and will be difficult at first. However, by putting one foot in front of the other you can easily achieve any fitness goal. All you have to do is decide.

    What do you think?


    1. Jim,

      Thanks for sharing this. You are correct, and that not only me but others who may have the same difficulty at times must train off the course. For me, this past summer I have made it a priority to be more active (boxing, running, etc.) since I was unable to golf much, I feel as though I do have more energy and hopefully that can transition to my game in the future.

      The other thing for me is I am a morning person, and no matter what I do I feel as though I get tired as the day goes on (I’m sure most of us do), so when I golf in the late afternoon that can become a factor.

      I must say that I am happy to hear (and impressed) to see that you are very active outside of just golf. Once again, thanks for sharing this Jim and I hope you are doing well with the recovery!


  2. Sebastien,

    Are you defending against bad scores on the back nine? Stay aggressive in your mindset. Take some chances, shoot at flags, charge some putts. You may be going soft on yourself trying to protect a good score from the front. Give that a try next time out.

    Good luck and play well!


    1. Brian,

      That could be the case. Like I said I like to get off to a good start on the front nine…maybe it’s defending the score, maybe it’s maintaining it but something changed on the back nine. Definitely will have that mindset going into the back nine next time and will let you know how it went. thanks for reaching out Brian!


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