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BenDover
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One of those days
Warning, "dear diary" post incoming. Finally had "one of those days" this weekend playing at my local course on Saturday. Personal best was 82 and lo and behold I'm standing on par-5 18 needing a birdie to break 80 for the first time or a bogey to set my new personal best.

Drive went into the trees but not too much trouble, punch out, wedge into the green. Wedge came up short, no worries, let's play for par to set my record. Chip up and don't clear the slope and ball rolls all the way down to the front of the green (pin is far back). End up with double bogey and finish with 82 to tie my personal best .

Golf is a cruel, humbling game.


0jersey
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re: One of those days
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had similar days.

I highly recommend trying your best not to know what your score is mid round. Every time I’ve broken 80 I didn’t know exactly what my score was until the end.

I have gotten to the level where I just can tell I’m stringing together several good holes and may have a chance to post a score. Instead of adding up to see where I am, I just tell myself that I’m a better player now and I start having more fun because this is how it feels to be a solid golfer. Then I just start enjoying each shot and when I hit a poor one I just shake it off as the exception and trust that most likely I take my medicine and get the shot back on another hole.

Most people I know that finally break 80 don’t realize it until after their last shot. You should still be proud and happy you tied a personal best. The one thing you don’t need to take away from the round is that thought that you aren’t able to finish or close strong.
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makersmark1
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re: One of those days
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Golf is a cruel, humbling game.


Amen


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BenDover
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re: One of those days
I agree with your advice and appreciate the post. I hardly ever look at my score mid-round but for whatever reason when I was going to 18 I thought "dang, I've had a good run on the back 9" and looked down and noticed I had 7 pars and a bogey. That's where I messed up.


Tiger1242
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re: One of those days
I always try to not look at my score when I’m playing. The problem is if I’m playing well it’s hard not to just know your score. If you’re standing on 18 and you’ve made 12 pars, 1 birdie, and 4 bogies it’s hard not to realize it.

Much easier when you’re sucking
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0jersey
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re: One of those days
I know the feeling man. I’ll never forget the time I was on my way to my best round ever then finished triple, double, double. Took me a while to get past that round mentally.

You’ll break 80. Typically, when you least expect it.


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DivotBreath
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re: One of those days
Had a buddy with the same problem, he could shoot 80 with no problem but just could not break 80. He once was looking to make par on 18 to shoot 77 … drive down the middle, perfect lay up to 90 yards … then he shanked two balls in the pond to the right of the green … he ended up making a triple and proceeded to get both drunk and mean.
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Ham And Glass
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re: One of those days
Problem for me is I cannot block out my score. It is like a giant billboard in my mind's eye....4,4,5,6,3,5, etc.


ChEgrad
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re: One of those days
I have issues when I try to play safe to save a score also. The issue for me is there is a difference between playing safe and swinging safe. All golf swings need to be relatively aggressive - if you let up, bad things happen. So I need to learn to make conservative club/shot choices, but hit the shot aggressively. Cautious swings lead to bad things happening.


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WhiskeyThrottle
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re: One of those days
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Problem for me is I cannot block out my score. It is like a giant billboard in my mind's eye....4,4,5,6,3,5, etc.


Same here. Knowing my score doesn’t take the focus off of the shot at hand though. I have a very distinct thought process that I think through for each shot. I can block out my score while I’m hitting.

I remember the first time I was slated to break 80 by 3 or 4 strokes and I choked it all away on 18 with a 9 or something. Just bad. Keep at it and you’ll drop your score. As long as you’re tying your personal best, you’re making progress. Putt here, good approach there and the score comes down.


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bamaswallows
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re: One of those days
I don’t know about all the “I’m a better golfer stuff” but I play my best when I don’t know where I stand / don’t know my score / goes more to probably playing “one shot at a time”, but some people deal with that differently


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