Losing or Gaining Strokes Between Nines

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!

My change of fortune on the golf course is one swing away.

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!

4 thoughts on “Losing or Gaining Strokes Between Nines

  1. I like the way Mr. Penn put it. A “Tale of two nines”. I’d be surprised if there were any golfers out there it hasn’t happened to. I haven’t found anything that ensures it doesn’t happen. Not hitting the range first, and not playing a practice nine before starting my round. Though both of those options tend to help my final score, neither keep the crazy swings in performance totally at bay.

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  2. Jim, when I’ve played the “tale of two nines” it usually starts out poorly on the front and is rescued on the back. That seems to fall in line with my play of late. For some reason, I’m getting off to slow starts and it takes about four holes for my head to get in the game. If only golf were 22 holes. . .



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