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I always do so much better on my front 9 than my back 9. How can I prevent myself from gaining so many strokes as my round continues?
--Haley F. from Waterloo, IL

Hi Haley. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

I'm excited to get to help you with your game.

The most common mistake people make when they are falling apart on the back nine is nutrition related. It's very important to stay hydrated even if it is cool out. I've read that you should drink a gallon of water before you leave the house and then drink on every hole. I know few other than highly trained professionals that actually do this. Maybe it's their secret? Lack of hydration will cause loss of concentration, fatigue and a lack of energy as the round progresses.

It goes without saying that you should have a well balanced breakfast including some protein on the days that you play. Make sure to snack every few holes. I wouldn't go more than an hour without eating something for energy and this would include nutrition bars, fruit, granola bars, etc.

If you don't think that nutrition or hydration is your problem the next area to check would be your fitness level. If you think you are just out of shape, then I would get on a good training program and see if you don't see a big difference in 3 or 4 weeks.

I hope this helps and if you have any other questions please let me know.

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