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  1. So I focused entirely on keeping mental focus on the golf course today and staying patient with every shot, and I'd say it was a rousing success. I shot 12 shots better today (82 vs 94 last week); this was probably the best score I could have shot with the garbage golf swing I was using. The mental game really got me through the round. To start the day, I misread my tee time, so I got to the course a lot later than I wanted. I didn't have time to go to the range, so I just chipped and putted and hoped for the best. I remembered to start off with a shot of scotch, and strangely
  2. I'll add it to the list of things to do on Saturday! ?
  3. No offense taken; I appreciate your feedback and insight. I've received much worse on WRX. And yes, I would agree that as the round wore on and I realized I'd be lucky to break 100, it was about speeding up play and getting off the course. I'll be taking these ideas out on the course Saturday, so we'll see how it goes. At least we're not the lead group this week, so there won't be any pressure to maintain pace. In reality, we're probably going to be standing around quite a bit being the 5th group out.
  4. I'm going to try that for Saturday's final round; find something I can put in my pockets or attach to my bag that I can play with until it's time for me to start my pre-shot routine. This will be something I just need to make a conscientious effort to do.
  5. Well, odds are more like 75%. And wouldn't go as far as to say that my primary objective is to play a fast round, i.e., I don't put my tee in the ground on the first hole and think to myself, let's see how fast I can play today. I just play fast without actively thinking about it. So when other players are going through their routine, take a practice swing, and then suddenly stop, turn around, and stare at another player wondering whose turn it is, I get a little annoyed by it. And it's probably further aggravated when my score goes to poop right off the bat. I do ha
  6. It's funny...golf is the only thing in my life where some form of anxiety and nervousness manifests itself...
  7. These are good suggestions which I'll incorporate into the second round on Saturday. I especially like number 2; when I have a club in my hand, I think I get even more impatient...like when you're waiting for the green to clear when going for it on a par 5...with a club in your hand, you get antsy and keep making practice swings as time seems to go by super slow.... I might try to find one of those fidget spinners that were all the rage a few years ago...just something to do with my hands between shots, as @b.helts recommended, so that I can "turn off" until it's my turn to play..
  8. They go in at least 51% of the time with the back of the putter. I'll take those odds. And I asked the question because I'm trying to learn how to deal with it. Or at least understand that I have to consciously and actively slow myself down between shots. As I think more about the topic, a significant reason for my *own* speed around the course during competition is that I'm simply not competitive, i.e., I'm not good at golf. So on any given morning on the range warming up before the round, I feel great about my game and feel that I'll play a great round. By the third hole, I'
  9. Great analogy. I also get annoyed by slow drivers, especially in SoCal where driving the speed limit in the interstate effectively makes you a road cone.
  10. “Anxious” is a great way to put it...when I’m on the course, if someone isn’t in the process of playing their shot, then I feel compelled to fill that void and start playing my own shot, even if I am last to play...
  11. "Perhaps you don’t need help with the trigger to start your pre-shot routine but need something to help you turn off “go time”. Perhaps incorporate a routine with your glove (if you wear one) or perhaps a headcover. Something little that you do that indicates it’s “down time” and to let go until you hit your “go time” trigger. " This is brilliant.
  12. Fair points. Again, I don't seek to change anyone else's behavior on the golf course; but to adjust my own to accommodate slower conditions. Do you advocate what I call the "police line"? That is, everyone forms a line abreast that slowly advances up the hole, stopping at each individual's ball, and waiting until that individual has hit before advancing to the next closest ball? If a person is hitting from the right side of the fairway while my drive went 10 yards farther and landed in the left rough, should I not go directly to my ball and conduct some of my pre-shot routine so
  13. I've had the honor of playing with Obee years ago, which was a great experience, and I've been following his story over the years in his continued success in competitive golf. I absolutely hold him in high esteem. It's interesting you mention a "trigger". Thinking back to past rounds, I find that I trigger my pre-shot routine when it's safe and practical to do so, even if someone else is executing their own shot. Of course, I don't do anything that would disrupt other players' shots, like make noise, walk around, or make practice swings while others are swinging. But I do all m
  14. Agreed, my question wasn't necessarily how to adjust the players in the group, but ways to adjust yourself or slow yourself down...and reflecting back on prior competitive rounds, this is an issue I've always had...I even recall a round where I was reprimanded by the tournament director, who happened to be playing in my group, that I needed to wait for my turn to play because it was disruptive to others...I'm laughing a bit to myself right now, but I'm remembering how I would just hit my shot during someone's routine because I didn't want to wait for the player away to go through his entire ro
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