Gaining A Stroke and Losing A Stroke – Isn’t Golf Fun!

I do not know how many rounds of golf I played where I have gained a stroke just to lose it on the next hole. You understand what I mean when you are walking to the tee with a spring in your step due to a birdie, just to be weighed down walking to the next tee after a bogey. I am not sure why this happens, but it happens more frequently than I like to admit. It is during those instances where I realize just how fun golf really can be 😉

I remember playing a round of golf last year when I was sitting even par after six holes. It was a solid day, but nothing fantastic was happening. After a good drive on the seventh hole, I was left with a 120 yards approach shot to an open pin. Hitting my PW, my ball finished a respectable 14 feet from the pin. Putting a smooth stroke, my ball dropped for birdie. I was now one under!

Osprey’s Elder Gentlemen on the 15th hole.

Standing on the next tee, I took aim at the pin on this par 3. I figured that at 165 yards, my six iron was the perfect club. Unfortunately, I did not hit my ball crisp and I was short of the green by about 10 yards. After a poor chip, I was left with a 20 foot putt for par. Well, I am sure you have figured out that I two-putted for bogey. For no reason, I was now sitting at even par and very disappointed.

Moving onto the back nine. After four holes I was one over heading into the 14th hole. I hit a great drive to the top of the hill and was sitting 130 yards out from the pin. I hit a comfortable nine iron to eight feet where I sank an easy birdie putt. Now, I was elated and walking to the 15th (my nemesis hole) thinking that I have a chance to shoot under par. I guess that was my first mistake!

I hit a shoot on the short par 3 that ended up 25 feet from the pin. After a very crappy putt, I was left with 10 feet side winder for par! As you have guessed again, I missed the putt and tapped in for bogey. I must say that stroking a three putt in that situation was a mental error and it cost me more than an under par round. Now, I was fuming for gain and losing a stroke twice in the same round on top of an easy three putt.

I was sitting one over heading to the sixteenth hole. For some reason I could not let things go. After hitting some weak shots down the stretch, I finished the last three holes two over par. Talk about a frustrating finish! I realize that I should keep the perspective that shooting a 74 is a positive thing, but the manner in which I hacked around the course on 6 holes was very deflating.

My above example demonstrates that gaining and giving a stroke on back to back holes is very frustrating. Personally, I get disappointed when I play golf in this manner because I believe I should be able to play better. If this happen rarely, then I could live with the roller coaster ride, but as I said earlier, it happens a bit more than I want or expect. Regardless, I will remain grateful for the birdie and work on fixing giving any strokes back.

Does gaining and giving strokes happen to you?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


6 thoughts on “Gaining A Stroke and Losing A Stroke – Isn’t Golf Fun!

  1. Hey JB,
    I first heard of this phenomenon in New Brunswick. It was called a PBFU (post birdie foul up), but the third word was an expletive. Lol.

    Thanks for keeping the game interesting with your blog. All the best until next season!

    Jimmy K


  2. Jim, you’re referring to the dreaded FUAB. The acronym not to be repeated on the Family Channel. Hard to avoid because your mind goes into protect mode after the birdie. You’ve got to figure out how to remain aggressive. Let me know when you figure out how. 😀



  3. Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’ve all been through it. I was the exact opposite one day a couple of weeks ago. I started off shooting bogie, birdie through the first 8 holes before settling down and I can tell you that it doesn’t matter what order you do it in, it’s still frustrating. But then EVERY bogie is frustrating. Whether it comes from bad execution, or just unfamiliarity with the hole, they are all disappointments.

    Of course on the other hand, when we are in that mode, every birdie feels like justification for the frustration we felt getting the bogie. It’s sort of self enhancing. In thinking about it while writing this, I wonder if we might sometimes find it easier to reset after a bad hole than a good one? Could that be a lacking in our own mental toughness?


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