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I play off scratch all week against Cat1’s over 9 holes and win more Matchplay’s than I lose.

But like today, and in many medals this season, I’m well under handicap on the turn, sometimes only 4 or 5 over gross, and whilst I accept our back 9 is much tougher than our front, I throw away great potential rounds away in the last 6 holes, and sometimes just the last 3 holes!

I know I’m not consciously protecting my score when knowing I’m on my way to a decent round, but I’m getting rather pished throwing away so many winning rounds in the closing stages.

My Cat1 partners are also pished as well, as when we do play skins they can’t compete with my shots, even when I play off 50%!

So how can I improve to close off these rounds?

Have you had similar issues, and if so, what did you do to close out your rounds?

Is it just a state of mind?
 

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And, subconsciously, trying not to mess up.
Its hard to keep playing the way you've played to get to the position you're in going into the last few holes....knowing that a blowup will still wreck your round.
I've had it twice this year...very much in contention and out of nowhere I finish double, treble, double...
Golf is hard.
 

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I play off scratch all week against Cat1’s over 9 holes and win more Matchplay’s than I lose.

But like today, and in many medals this season, I’m well under handicap on the turn, sometimes only 4 or 5 over gross, and whilst I accept our back 9 is much tougher than our front, I throw away great potential rounds away in the last 6 holes, and sometimes just the last 3 holes!

I know I’m not consciously protecting my score when knowing I’m on my way to a decent round, but I’m getting rather pished throwing away so many winning rounds in the closing stages.

My Cat1 partners are also pished as well, as when we do play skins they can’t compete with my shots, even when I play off 50%!

So how can I improve to close off these rounds?

Have you had similar issues, and if so, what did you do to close out your rounds?

Is it just a state of mind?

Join a 9 hole course Robin - you'll be a legend....!!! 😉 😂 😂
 

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That’s golf and why sometimes the hardest part is the mental side - have to concentrate throughout the whole 18 holes - that’s the only score that matters , not the 6 hole or 9 hole score. As soon as the tenth starts treat it as a brand new round. Also matchplay score is irrelevant to Strokeplay - sometimes it’s better just to concentrate on one format
 

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I’ve had many rounds of two halves;
Level through 9, 5 over for the back 9.
5 over through 9, level back 9.

Also, a putt for a half in matchplay is easier to hole than a putt for par or birdie. As you don’t have to worry about the return putt.
 
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That’s golf and why sometimes the hardest part is the mental side - have to concentrate throughout the whole 18 holes - that’s the only score that matters , not the 6 hole or 9 hole score. As soon as the tenth starts treat it as a brand new round. Also matchplay score is irrelevant to Strokeplay - sometimes it’s better just to concentrate on one format
Actually my regular fourball, of which are 5, 6 & 8 handicappers, we all play pairs Matchplay in every medal. This has helped me not to concentrate on ‘the card’!

Today one had to go off after 7 holes so we reverted to skins, I was flying on the front 9, but skins didn’t make me concentrate in a similar fashion to Matchplay, and all the good work on the front 9 slowly diminished.

I had a similar experience in Scotland, in 2 different rounds I was under or level and threw it away on the last 3 holes.

I’ts frustrating as everyone says I’m impossible to play against i matchplay, but I throw rounds away in mainly the last 3 holes, which aren’t overly tough, although low indexes, but even bogeys would see me home, but I implode.

All jokes aside, it’s really pishing me off, and now it’s become hard to remove it from my thoughts when I get to those holes!!
 
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So many possibilities. My scores are noticeably worse on the closing holes when I have a good round going vs trying to salvage something from a poor round. I have a tendency to get too defensive, try and protect what I have, don't commit to shots, get too "steery" and end up leaking shots. Hopefully being more aware of that is going to help going forward.
 

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I am something similar.

For me it is the painkiller wearing off and the lack of energy food. I have often wished a round of golf was only 15 holes in the past couple of years:)
 

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I am something similar.

For me it is the painkiller wearing off and the lack of energy food. I have often wished a round of golf was only 15 holes in the past couple of years:)
Same here I often would want 15 holes ............. but I'd like to choose them during each different round
 

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Opposite for me, can only play the last few holes. How do I play the others better?

The answer is we are handicapped golfers. If we could play better, we would be on telly. But we are not.
Maybe too obvious but do you warm up and hit some balls before you play?
 

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Maybe too obvious but do you warm up and hit some balls before you play?
Of course not. If the bar is open, I might have a loosener before play though.

TBH, they binned off our indoor nets in favour of a sim, that you have to book, and I did use to whack a few into the net before playing. This is now off the menu, and I do miss it.
 

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Wise man once told me "in a medal you matchplay results mean diddly" and this is because in matchplay there is the added variable of your opponents score, i.e. you can win a hole with a bogey. Same wise man also said "the course never blinks making par".

All in all, you need a mindset for medal and forget matchplay performance when its you against the course and no one else.

And that also means that the course will Always take you down the 18th, there's no winning early against it. You need to frame your mindset to 18, not just the next hole but the one after that and after that etc.

And once I work out how to do that, I'll let you know 😉
 

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Of course not. If the bar is open, I might have a loosener before play though.

TBH, they binned off our indoor nets in favour of a sim, that you have to book, and I did use to whack a few into the net before playing. This is now off the menu, and I do miss it.
Could be a factor - if I don't hit some balls before starting anything can happen over the first few holes.
 

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I'd say food and drink.

Eating a Mars bar on the 10th isn't enough as it takes time to get that energy into your body.

You need to fuel up properly before the round and then during the front 9 for that energy to be there in the back 9.

And stay hydrated throughout.
 

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Happens all the time to me.

I either have a shocking front 9 and relax on the back 9 and play well

Or do the complete opposite and play unreal until about the 16th and fail miserably.

Today was the first option - 10 points on the font, 18 on the back

Two weeks ago was the second. 3 over playing 17, on 38 points. Finished 6 over on 39 points. Bogey, double finish.

Very frustrating
 
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