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How to Avoid a 'Blown Out' Round

Every golfer has a bad day. There is no way around that fact. It happens. The trick is to learn to identify a bad round before it becomes a bad round, and that, believe it or not, is possible.

Here are some easy tips on how you can rescue your round before it blows up in your face.

Before we get into this, let's understand that the definition of a blown round varies from one person to the next.

For some, a blown round is shooting 18 straight bogeys with a few double bogeys thrown in for good measure. For others, a blown round is shooting three strokes over the course par.

While the definition of a blown round differs, one thing remains constant. A blown round is the culmination of a series of blown holes. If you want to avoid a blown round, avoid a series of blown holes.

For many golfers, the genesis of a blown round begins with one single bad shot. A drive that duck hooks into the trees, a fairway shot that ends up in the greenside bunker, or an easy putt that rolls past the cup. One poor shot that gets the adrenaline pumping hard and fast, and it's all downhill from there.

Anger and frustration are two leading causes for a blown round as they tend to move with the golfer from hole to hole, but beware of other emotions, too. Exuberance and over-confidence from making a great shot can also lead to future mistakes which can start the chain reaction that ultimately leads to a bad day.

Another tip for avoiding a blown out round has to do with your style of play.

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There are two schools of thought on this subject, and both of them are valid. The more popular school of thought says that when you notice you are blowing a few holes, step back, relax, and tell yourself that you have made these same shots a thousands time in the past, and there is no reason you cannot make them today. This school emphasizes concentrating on YOUR basic fundamentals of play.

The other school of thought for those facing a blow out is to change things up. Rather continuing down a path that is obviously not working for you today, change something.

If your driver isn't working, use another club. You may lose some distance, but gain more control. If your long iron shots are consistently slicing today, go to your mid-irons and lay up. In other words, instead of trying to "force" yourself to play your normal game, adjust your game and style of play to match whatever obstacle it is you need to overcome.

This last tip on how to avoid a blown out round has to do with self-inflicted pressure.

When I first started playing golf I felt as if I had to make every shot. It was as if someone had a gun to my head saying, "make this shot or else!" I believe many golfers feel that same type of inner pressure, and I also believe it can lead to trouble.

My solution was to turn that inner pressure into humor. Rather than getting angry or feeling defeated if I made a poor shot, I would laugh or grin or crack a joke about the shot. Having some fun with yourself not only makes you a better golfing partner, but it also relieves the stress of a bad shot, right there, right then.

The next time you see a blow out heading your way, try some of these tips and don't be afraid to just laugh out loud when you make a horrible shot. It really helps.

Remember that a good place to start is by improving your putting. There is nothing more frustrating than making a shot that lips the hole and doesn't drop!

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