The post-birdie screw-up
Why do you blowup after a birdie?
There’s a statistic on the PGA Tour called “Bounce Back”, which indicates how well the pros recover from a bad hole. Many amateurs experience the opposite of a successful Bounce Back.They follow an excellent play, say a birdie or a maybe a par on a tough hole, with a train wreck on the next.
Why does this happen? If you just made a great score, the tendency is to let your excitement carry to the next tee.You get jacked up, and that can cause havoc to your game. Grip pressure gets firmer, the backswing gets shorter and the transition into the downswing gets quicker. The result is a disjointed swing and poor contact. It’s no wonder you often pump the post-birdie tee shot out-of-bounds or top it into the water.
So how do you avoid blowing the momentum you just gained? You need to calm down as best you can before you hit your next shot, and focus on making a balanced and fluid swing.
Think of giving yourself plenty of time to complete the backswing. This thought forces you to slow down and swing more in sync, like normal.You’ll be more likely to hit a better shot – and maybe add another birdie to your scorecard.
Just put a birdie on your scorecard? Don’t follow it with a blow-out.