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Why is a Really Good Round usually followed by a Bad One?

Why is a Really Good Round usually followed by a Bad One?

Why is a Really Good Round usually followed by a Bad One?

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How many times has this happened to you?  

You play one of your best rounds in years, and while teeing it up the next time, you tell your partner how well you played the round before.  This is the Kiss of Death!  You go out and shoot one of the worst rounds ever!

Why is this?  It’s still the same guy, right?  Here are some reasons why and how to prevent it in the future!

Why is a Really Good Round usually followed by a Bad One?

At the peak of his career, nobody showed more confidence on the course than Tiger Woods. He knew he could beat you, you knew he could beat you, and he knew that you knew that he could beat you!

1. Arrogance!  

You you feel it is almost impossible to play badly.  I remember playing one of my best rounds ever while I was the Head Professional at Rustenburg Golf Club in South Africa.  After I had been working on a new move on my takeaway, went out to play 9 holes on the Friday afternoon, and shot a 30!  I thought I had discovered the “Secret”!  I told my members in the pub that evening that I would never play another bad round in my life!  Wow, was I in for a surprise.  I played so badly on the Saturday, I could not have hit the side of a barn if I was standing 2 feet away!

2. High Expectations.  

If your last round was a good one, you go to the tee all excited, and when you don’t start off well right away, the confidence you had so much of on the first tee, disappears into thin air!

3. Fear of Failure.  

If you play with the same group regularly, then they know you played outside your skill level the round before and you want to show them that it is no fluke.  But you put so much pressure on yourself, the inevitable happens and you return to your normal game! (or worse)

4. Fear of Success.  

This time you worry about playing well again and there is doubt in your mind that you cannot sustain this good play.  You are constantly waiting for that blowout hole!  And of course, you don’t disappoint yourself.

Why is a Really Good Round usually followed by a Bad One?

David Duval shoots 59! David Duval rose to the #! player in the world! But once he lost his confidence, he was not able to make it back to the winner’s circle!

How do you overcome all of these things that are going through your head either on the first tee or during the round?  Well, it’s not easy but here are a few things that you can do next time you go out after a really good round.

1. Work on controlling the things you can, not the things you cannot!  

You cannot control what the ball is going to do, not even Jordan Spieth can do that.  But you can control your mental outlook and your pre-shot routine.  Don’t dwell in the past (the last time I played this hole I made a birdie) Don’t go into the future. (If I hit this ball to the right I will go out of bounds) Taking a deep breath before each shot will help you relax, and doing the same thing before each shot, whether it is a practice swing or a good visualization behind the ball, these things will give you the confidence to walk into the shot and execute to the best of your ability!

2. Play NATO golf!  Not Attached to Outcome!  

Don’t care where the ball goes, just make the best swing you can at that given time!

3. No Distractions.  

Don’t allow the conversation in your group to distract you.  What happened with that college ball game, or what happened to your friend at the bar last night.  These allow your mind to wander and if you want to play well you need to focus on the job at hand.  Distance, wind direction, elevation are all things that need to be taken into consideration before you play the shot in order to make the shot a success.

The next time you have a great round, be confident that you now have the tools to do the same again!  Just do it!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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