Would love some advice from some of you forumites about the mental side of golf.
I seem to "switch off" way too often and it becomes really costly. I'm wondering if its stemming from a lack of pre-shot routine.
The last two rounds I've thrown some 40+ point rounds out the window.
On Tuesday I had four pick-ups and two one-pointers on my way to 34 points. Today I had 30 points with three picks ups and four or five one pointers.
These lapses come in clumps - generally over a four - seven hole run - and then I simply switch back on and get going again.
It's becoming really frustrating. I know i'm doing it. I just can't figure out how to reset when it happens.
I have the same issue and have curtailed it somewhat. For me it was tiredness\lethargy kicking in. I was over pacing myself and trying to pound the ball and then getting tired too quickly and not adjusting too it which in turn was taking me out mentally.
Part of the tiredness is my stubbornness to not adjust to being tired and swing with 1 club more instead of harder etc. The stubbornness (as I become when tired) also came into mistakes. If I hit it in the trees I would try to get out instead of taking my medicine, then on the next hole if I found trouble, try harder because I stuffed the last hole.
What I have done recently is learn that at some point I will not be able to hit as hard as I did the 10 - 12 holes I have just done and take a club more or mentally "lay up" to the hole etc to stop my body trying to hit it.
First part is I have adjusted my swing to be more consistent and swing rather than hit. The next steps are walking for an hour at work and lifting light weights to build up stamina and core strength and hoping this curtails the mental side and tiredness as well.
Edited by Joe79, 06 September 2016 - 03:47 PM.