Golf is a crazy game sometimes. We can riding a wave of great play to suddenly have the wheels fall off. The problem is that I do not know why it happens. Conversely, I can play very poorly and then 4 birdies in a row. It makes no sense and if I ever figure it out, it would be worth millions!
Thinking back over the years, two instances come to mind. The first is when I had a fantastic front 9 and dreadful back. It happened in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. I was cruising through the front with a smooth 2 under. I have shot lower before, but not with a corresponding 51! I finished the round with an 89 and have absolutely no idea what happened. It was 17 strokes different. Unfortunately, the more I thought about it the worse I played.
The other instance was at Laurentide Golf Course in Sturgeon Falls. I started out with a 46. I bogeyed every hole on the front but one, I doubled that one. Suddenly on the back 9, I was on fire. I shot a smooth 32, finishing with 78. Normally, I would take a 78 any day as routine, but I walked off the course with a “what if” attitude because of such a great back half of the round.
I do know there were some similarities between the rounds; whether I played poorly or not:
- keeping the ball in play off the tee;
- aiming for the center of the green instead of the pin was successful;
- putting improve, not sure why or how;
- a couple bounces went my way.
The difference between playing well and poorly is minuscule sometimes. I just wish I could figure out why my came could switch so quickly. Have you ever experienced this challenge? If so, any thoughts?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!