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Back nines are almost always better


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#1 sekrah

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

Anyone here have their back nines almost always better than their front nines?  

Sometimes I hit a bucket before the round, and others times I don't.  It doesn't seem to matter at all.  My back nines have been (on average ) about 5 strokes better than my fronts this year. These are are at all different course so it's not like it's one track with an easy back.  

The only round that really stands out that my front nine was significantly better was the first round of the year when I thought I was going to be terrible as I hadn't even hit a golf ball in over 6 months.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 05:52 PM

Not if your a choker like me.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

I was going to say it is usually because most people don't do a warm up before. Obviously not the case for you haha. (At least by your own observation).

I will say it depends on how you're warming up. Instead of just beating balls, try working on specific things. I'm not saying practice, but start with some feet together 9 to 3 swings. Once that is consistent,get into your typical stance and do the same. Then move to full swings with clubs from 9-6-hybrid-driver. Then back down.

It's a great way to warm up (for me). Keeps me in Rythym and good tempo.
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Posted 10 June 2017 - 03:05 PM

Not me.  I've had either side be better, and I have yet to determine a predictable reason why.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 06:02 PM

The more I think about it, I wonder if I am putting pressure on myself to have a good start.  A "Fresh round, Time to go low!"... and then when it goes to hell, I just relax and stop caring as much,


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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:38 PM

The same thing used to happen to me. When I first started playing golf, my buddies and I would usually each go through a six pack of Coors Light during the round. I thought the beer was loosening me up and making me shoot better on the second nine. So, I began pounding a couple before I left for the course, hoping I would realize my potential earlier in the round. It didn't happen.
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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:42 AM

View Postsekrah, on 10 June 2017 - 06:02 PM, said:

The more I think about it, I wonder if I am putting pressure on myself to have a good start.  A "Fresh round, Time to go low!"... and then when it goes to hell, I just relax and stop caring as much,

I feel the same way. My back scores are typically better than the front because I'm much more relaxed and not worried about going low st that point. If I hit balls before my round I typically start thinking too much and it carries over into the round and makes things worse which sucks. I've got demons in my head to say the least

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:58 AM

From Pine Valley to local goat track munis I've usually played better on the back nine regardless of pre-round prep, nutrition, etc.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:23 PM

Every round has a flow to it and some guys just take a little longer to get
into a rhythm. Could be a lot of reasons. The fun is figuring it out, lol.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:07 AM

My son and I just had this exact conversation.   We had it go both ways the last two weeks, respectively.   Last week - outward was good, and inward was like holding on for dear life.  This past weekend, the outward to so-so, coming in was fantastic.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:11 AM

Maybe it just takes you nine holes to accept reality.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 08:36 AM

The back 9 on my home course is easier than the front nine so I normally score better (although not yesterday!).  I do hit balls before I play and strike the ball fairly well on the front 9 but the difficulty usually puts 2-4 doubles on the card.  Now if I have not played in 2-3 weeks I don't have much of a game until the back 9 and the front 9 can be really ugly.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:41 AM

oh tell me about it.

I always shoot 6-10 strokes less on back 9.

the lesser warm up time before round, the bigger gap between two.

Also, I scored better on back 9 when my front 9 is at the worst because I just stop giving damn about score
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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:58 PM

Saturday I was 11 strokes better on the back.  Didn't feel that way.

The Saturday before that was playing a track that everyone agrees the back 9 is killer.  I shot the same score on both 9's and my 3 playing partners all imploded on the back.  Maybe I am better on the back.  Never thought about it before.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:44 PM

I always shoot at least 3-4 shots worse on back 9's!
2 weeks ago: F9- 39 B9- 43
Last weekend: F9- 40  B9: 45

I've came to conclusion that when I make the turn and have a shot at the 70's, I tend to play conservative and it costs me. I end up do doing stupid sh!% and costing myself myself shots.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:24 PM

its funny, i read the title and had a completely different thought but it still holds true. at least in my mind.

I started thinking about course designed and started thinking about the courses that i regularly play and i like the back nine holes better. They seem to be more interesting from a design stand point. Or maybe it is just that i play better on the back. haha.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:25 PM

This happens to my entire group OP. We always start playing better by hole 15. Personally I shoot +9/10 on the front and always manage a +4/5 on the back. It's sad. LOL The silver lining to this style of scoring is I always feel pretty good about my game leaving the course. Trending correctly!
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:49 PM

My historical average is one stroke better on the back.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:27 PM

View Postsekrah, on 10 June 2017 - 06:02 PM, said:

The more I think about it, I wonder if I am putting pressure on myself to have a good start.  A "Fresh round, Time to go low!"... and then when it goes to hell, I just relax and stop caring as much,

"I just relax and stop caring as much"...BINGO!


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

Compare your mentality walking up to the No. 1 tee vs the No. 10 tee. I often notice myself thinking "It's a fresh 9, clean slate" on No. 10 and I usually shoot better on the back. I know I should be thinking "clean slate" on every tee box. But we know how most of our brains work.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:13 AM

Nope, I'm and equal opportunity duffer--I can get triple bogeys on either side of our course even tho it is an old traditional on the front nine and a semi-links on the back.  I always manage to mangle a few holes on each side.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:53 PM

I fight this as well.  Yesterday I was 7 over on the front and even on the back.  I chunked a wedge on 1, chucked a 9i on 2, hit the flagstick on 3 which went off the green.  Doubled 7....  It was rough.... with every bogey I put more pressure on myself to get one back.  Gotta stop doing that.

I put pressure on myself to get off to a good start.  I think I'll try taking things as they come for the rest of the year.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:35 PM

View Postsekrah, on 09 June 2017 - 05:34 PM, said:

Anyone here have their back nines almost always better than their front nines?  

Sometimes I hit a bucket before the round, and others times I don't.  It doesn't seem to matter at all.  My back nines have been (on average ) about 5 strokes better than my fronts this year. These are are at all different course so it's not like it's one track with an easy back.  

The only round that really stands out that my front nine was significantly better was the first round of the year when I thought I was going to be terrible as I hadn't even hit a golf ball in over 6 months.

make scoring notes on you're scorecard so you can break it down after the round and see where you're losing strokes.  Work on that and spend time on that warming up on range.  I would rather spend 30 min. hitting chips, pitches, and half wedge shots around the short game area than just hitting range balls or putting.  Playing is more about performing under variable conditions and uncertainty, it's difficult to replicate that on the range,but much easier to do so around the chipping green and will zero in you're touch and club control quicker.
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:26 PM

View Post360_CS, on 09 June 2017 - 05:52 PM, said:

Not if your a choker like me.

Yep.. feel the same way.  My front 9 is almost always better than my back.


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