Wondering if any of you have any tips on building mental toughness. This past Sunday I started out on the first with a birdie. Great start. Had a bad bogey on 3 but after that settled down and rattled off 4 straight pars despite not really having my “A” game off the tee. Walking off 7 green after making a 12 footer to save par, one of the guys I was paired with says, “Wow, you’re really good, are you 1 under right now? Did you play in school?” I was a little sheepish in my response because while I have been improving, this wasn’t exactly normal to be even going to the 8th tee. I proceeded to bogey the next 3 holes and I can’t help but think I got in my head a little bit and started thinking about shooting even par (despite still having 11 holes to go).
So I guess my question is, for those of you who have gotten over the hump, what do you do to block out the thoughts of “holy shit, this is my best round so far, don’t screw it up” until playing well becomes normal?