I figured that to get to a single figure handicap, I will need to par 9 holes and at worst allow for a bogey each hole thereafter for a round. Do this for at least 8 rounds over a 20 round stretch and I will be in the single digit handicap range.
IF I can make it to this waypoint, and being used to expecting no more than 9 shots over par each round, I would be in a good position mentally to aim for scratch as my next destination.
Personal par is good, to manage your score to a given handicap, but its only a consolation tonic.
Need to change the mindset to go for loftier goals, and really believe that it is achievable - at some point lol.
Hmmm, ok, I'm yet to post some scores, so hack status is highly likely for me indefinitely, but, I think of it this way ...
If I get off the tee well, I want to be 'in range' to hit GIR ... my initial goal is, expectation management, so PAR IS GOOD.
If I stuff up the tee, I need to play smart and aim to get no more than a bogey. So, take medicine, and get the short game up and down working.
IF, and it's a f'arkin big IF at the moment, I can achieve that over the round, an 18 over OTS is very achievable.
To get lower, I'm thinking I need birds. Knock it close at the easier Par 3's, and the shorter Par 4 and 5, and get the birds so there is a bigger "buffer" for the harder holes, longer holes and the inevitable duffed shots.
If I don't feel it, grind it out.
If things feel OK, try to knock it close and expect birds.
Getting less than par is hard, so I just want to manage, expect to manage, not throwing shots away. That's where I usually go astray, and is now the key aspect of mental approach to the upcoming rounds.
Giddy up folks, the journey is about to take us ... GOLFING!