Once you have a bad score, do you have trouble recovering?
When you are playing well, do you get ahead of yourself and add up your score?
If you answered yes, try dividing up your round into 3 hole segments. Decide what "your par" is and then make it a goal to make that score over a 3 hole period. For example, if you shoot in the low to mid 80s, focus on finishing each 3 hole segment with a score of 2 over par. Whether you achieve the goal or not, once the 3 holes are done, you start fresh on the next 3 holes. Here is what to do:
- Decide your par by taking your average score and dividing by 6
- Draw clear lines on your scorecard (see above) to delineate the 3 hole segments
- Practice mentally letting go of each 3 hole segments once they are completed whether the score was positive, neutral or negative (You have a clean slate on the tee box of Hole 4, Hole 7, etc.)
When you can compartmentalize your round, you will have a much easier time recovering and focusing. Try this scorecard trick to help you mentally stay in the game.