I am in that time of my golf season where I am starting to slump a little bit. I currently have 37 rounds posted at Golf Canada and have lowered my handicap index to 3.9, yet I find myself in a bit of a struggle. I seem to be shooting two double bogies a round during four of my last five rounds. I talked about no trouble doubles in an earlier post, but my woes are still hanging around.
It is a bit frustrating to be playing well, then WHAMO! A double bogey rears its ugly head. During my last round, for example, I was playing the par 4, 7th hole. I hit a great drive over the corner of the pond; hit my ball short left with my wedge; chipped the ball over the green out of the long grass; chipped on and proceeded to two putt. Talk about a smooth double bogey for no reason.
Fortunately I have been down this road before. It happens every year about this time and does not usually last for more than a week or two. I am currently at the end of the of 10 days, so I will not be surprised if I have a round or two left. Of course, I am trying not to let these pesky doubles happen, but what is a golfer to do?
A golf season is full of peaks and valleys. Currently, I am in a valley and it is time to start working my way up to the peak. It is all part of golf and as an amateur, I have learned to dampen the peaks and valleys as shown in the graphic below. My ups and downs now run in the 3-5 range with very little dramatic changes in score. However, it was not always like that; when I first started playing golf my score differential fell into the 0-2 range.
Have no fear, I am not in state of despair or anything. I am just talking about the trials and tribulations of playing golf and trying to post the best scores…..always. It will be great to shed those pesky doubles and I know it is a matter of time. I am hoping when I hit the links of Wednesday, they will have magically vanished for gool.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
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Jim, it’s rare to shoot a good round with a double. Are your doubles primarily caused by mental or physical errors? Mental is easier to solve for.
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Actually physical more than mental. However, mental ones are in there for sure. Everything will be going well, then bang a double. I do think it is this time of year, it will be gone soon…I hope.
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It’s not something we have full control over. Even Tiger gets one every once in awhile. Of course we don’t have to like it, just accept it.
You are right about that. I hate anything higher than a bogey, but it is part of golf.