How To Not Choke Away A Career Round

by Jordan on February 9, 2014

How to Not Choke in Golf

Back in my junior golfing days I would always have a career round going. But I would always choke it away!

I don’t have this problem anymore because I will never best my career round of 64. I’m too busy running my SEO Vancouver business. But I still want to help you shoot your lowest score ever.

Choking away that career round got very frustrating. I’m sure you know what it feels like. You start to think about how good the beer will taste after the round. What the scorecard will look like posted on your wall.

It’s a terrible feeling to see that round slip away. Sure, you still end up with a very good score. But it’s that “one that got away” feeling. And the beer? It doesn’t nearly taste as good after the round. Kind of bitter right?!

Do you want get rid of that feeling and replace it with the one of where you do shoot that career round? Of course you do!

Read on.

Take Some Advice from Rory

A couple of years back Rory shot 62 in the final round at the Quail Hollow Championship. To this day it’s still one of the best rounds I’ve seen. What really impressed me was how he took COMPLETE CONTROL of the tournament after he had just tied for the lead.

He made sure to keep his great round rolling and to extend his lead. He did that and wrapped the tournament up on the 16th hole with a great fairway bunker shot that resulted in a birdie. Not bad for a kid who was all of 21!  He beat a great field but also a tough golf course.

But how did he not choke away such a great round?

In his interview with Peter Kostis, Rory said he didn’t have any idea of how many under par he was.

Say what?

That’s right. He didn’t think about his score.

Do you think of your score constantly? I bet you do. Try not to next time because keeping score in golf is overrated anyways.

Anyways, back to Rory.

All he was trying to do was keep hitting it close and making the lowest score possible. What I like is that he had some idea as to how well he was playing but wasn’t sure of his score.

What Can you do next time you have a career round going?

Next time you have a really good round going, be sure to keep the positive vibes going and don’t think about your score. It will be tough I know. You will think about it at some point. But try and minimize how much. Fill those thoughts with something totally not golf related. Think about how beautiful the golf course is. Or take an interest in your playing partners.

It’s not like in baseball when a pitcher has a no hitter going and everyone stays away from him and doesn’t talk to him. This just brings too much tension to the situation.

From my own PERSONAL experience and from watching others in this situation, I can honestly say that once a golfer starts thinking about what they have to shot over the last 4 or 5 holes, they’re DOOMED! The reason is because they put too much energy into thinking about what they have to achieve rather then just continuing to do what they’re doing.

One of the mantras at Peerless Golf is “your past is not your future”. Well, your future is not your present. So stay present and don’t think about future outcomes.

Simply focus on hitting good shots and staying positive and confident. This will result in a solid finish over the last few holes and your career round!

Enjoy that beer after your next round because it’s going to be after a career round!


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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