If you consistently play better back nine golf, or vice versa, chances are there is a specific reason it’s happening.

Analyzing the way you perform throughout the round, can give you a lot of powerful information that can be transferred into results the next time you play.

I have talked to many golfers and there seems to be a consistency with a lot of them relating to their performance on the front nine compared to the way they play on the back nine in most tournaments.
Not that there is a consistency in their game, but a consistency in the part of the game where they consistently fare worst.

Some people struggle to get their game right for the first nine holes and then improve on the back nine, whilst others start off fine and then fade on the last nine holes.  It is like there is a switch that gets flicked half way through the game and their performance changes in one direction or another.

There is always a reason why this is happening and targeting that reason can result in some excellent improvements to your score.  More often than not the second nine holes result in a poorer performance and this can be due to a number of factors.

Those factors can be fatigue or a lack of hydration.  Hydration in itself will result in fatigue.  These are simple factors that can be easily addressed with regular intake of water and foods containing some carbohydrate content to keep the energy levels up.

Other people find they perform worse on the first nine holes and that can often be from tension where they tend to relax later in the game and start playing better.  Once again, if you are aware that this is happening you can address the problem by making an effort to relax.

So if you play better golf on the back nine or front nine, learning relaxation techniques can do more for many people’s game than all the advice in the world and it might be just what you need to take your game to the next level.

Somewhat unrelated to the topic but important to improve the back nine… there’s a new golf instructional ebook I need to let you know about.  I ran across Golf Swing Book after I experienced great results from Simple Swing last year.  This is truly an amazing book with great graphics and content.  David Nevogt is a great communicator of the golf swing for all levels of golfers.  You should check it out.