Blew my chance at breaking par
I am a consistent boggy golf and have been for years. One summer day something was different. you hear about people being “in the zone”, well I don’t know how it happened but there I was. Every drive was in the fairway, my second shots were either on the green or just off, leaving me a routine chip. Even more amazing was my putting. It seemed like I was able to see the line and that gave me confidence to get up and put a good stroke on the putt. Now I wasn’t always close to the pin with my approach shot but I was making a lot of pars with a few birdies and boogies. I had a straight downhill six foot put to finish the front nine one under. Instead of just getting up there and putting with confidence like I had been all day, I let the thought creep into my head, “be careful, if you miss don’t leave yourself with a possible three putt”. Well, I left it two feet short of the hole, never up never in. I tapped it in for par and have not been that close to breaking par since.
Fear is a bad thing, especially on the golf course. Even more so when you are playing well. Enjoy the game, have fun and don’t worry about “what if”.