Tracking your golf scores is vitally important to maintain a clear idea of how you are performing on the golf course.
Keeping a golf diary or notebook can be a simple way of keeping track of what you are doing well and what needs improving. After each round of golf or even after each practice session it is always a great learning exercise to sit down for 10 minutes to analyze your round or session. Asking key questions after a practice session can really create good feelings about the session and can help dilute the negative thoughts or bad memories of the round or session.
Key questions you can answer post round:
What did I do well today?
Answer this question with the best things you have done in today's round or practice session. You may have played badly but if you think hard there will always be one or two very good shots in the round, so take the positives from all the good shots. If you have hit many good shots, write them all down. This really helps build and cement positive thoughts into your memory bank ready for next time you play.
What could I have done better?
Answer this question with complete honesty and fairness. Did you maybe make a wrong club choice or poor course management decision? Or was it something technical? Did you slice it out of bounds on a straightforward tee shot or did you struggle to get out of a bunker on the first attempt?
What do I need to improve for next time?
This could include information you have covered in the last question. What could you have done better ready for the next time you play? Do you work on the technical flaws that let you down? Or does you course management needs addressing? Outline a plan of attack to improve your weak points so that you keep on improving and moving in the right direction.
Summary of what you learned in today's round or practice.
Use this time to reflect on any emotions or feelings you have about the round or the practice session. This is key to help you remember how you felt when you played well, so that you can read it again if you find yourself losing form. Also, write down how you feel when you play badly. This is a great way to get things off your chest, and if you do it the same day as the round, you can really capture your true feelings. You can be very honest in your description as you will be the only person reading this.
Use it as a golf diary to help capture your good and bad feelings to help you learn from them.