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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Quote Originally Posted by duncan mackie View Post
    I would go further - play every qualifier!

    My best card scores came when I automatically entered every event, regardless of how I felt etc it tuned my psyche into that being the norm.

    You need to completely dissolve the care/Don't care switch.
    Exactly - pretty much every game I play at the weekend thru the season is a qualifier. If there isn't one at my course I'll be somewhere else playing an open. Had some shocking scores but also some nice cuts, always sweet getting a cut at an away course.

    It actually feels odd now playing when it's just a bounce game as I'm so used to it being a comp.

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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Having decided you're not on about the inflammation of the heart then go out, and play. It's 0.1 at the end of the day and even last place is yesterdays news at my place once you leave the bar. Play, no expectations, and just let the score look after itself

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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Sounds just like me. I've tried relaxing, having fun, smiling and so on but .1 it is almost every time, 105 off 12 this year superb. Then remove the card back to low 80's. They should have comps where they only tell you it is a comp on the 18th green.

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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    To add to what others have said. Just play the game.

    Your handicap is probably wrong if you keep getting 0.1s.

    Same for a lot of golfers.
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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    A friend of mine is exactly the same. Goes to pieces under any sort of pressure. He went through a spell of taking herbal tablets for anxiety, which appeared to work for a short while although probably placebo.

    His latest solution is to just play less golf, which is a shame.

    Have you considered alcohol?

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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Quote Originally Posted by ger147 View Post
    Exactly - pretty much every game I play at the weekend thru the season is a qualifier. If there isn't one at my course I'll be somewhere else playing an open. Had some shocking scores but also some nice cuts, always sweet getting a cut at an away course.

    It actually feels odd now playing when it's just a bounce game as I'm so used to it being a comp.
    Agree with that, I used to have a fear of playing from the White medal markers, but after entering all the match play comps and playing 90% of weekly medals, playing from the medal tees became the norm.
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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Can you hand in cards for private rounds? It is called "Extra Day Score" here in Germany, I think you guys have it as supplementary card. It would require you to play strokeplay (at least Stableford) when playing with your mates, so no gimmies etc., but would allow you to play handicap relevant rounds with less pressure in a more familiar situation and just make it feel more normal for you to have a card in your hand.
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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    With me it's not the white tees as we always play off them except in the very depths of Winter.

    It's the event really and the pressure I (often but not always) put myself under*

    Over the years I've had many cuts 26-12 so handicap is well maintained. It's just the stupid mistakes in a comp that I normally don't make in general play that get me. As per my OP. I'm down .6 overall this season so it's not all bad.

    It's a mental problem.

    *Of course it's only a game and not my living - that's totally understood - but it's a strong character that doesn't get bugged by playing badly in this game. I have yet to meet one such individual. I play regularly with 20 guys, all of whom without exception, are prone to bottom lip protrusion when it's not going well.
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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Remember to focus on the "What" you're doing - not "how" you're doing.
    After each hole "reset" meaning you've forgot about it. Focus on the next shot - execute pre shot rountine and go

    You can also spilt your round down - don't think about the overall - play 3 holes at a time with a clear goal set.

    Remember if you miss a putt - so what! what's the worse that can happen! you might gain one somewhere else! I like to think the round evens itself out. So when you reflect on your round in future - count how many you "missed" but then count how many shots you "got away with" or long putts etc it'll always even itself out.
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    Re: Carditis - anyone have a cure?

    Also - if you hit good shot after good shot you'd be pro! You're human everyone makes mistakes.
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