My first outing of the year was horrendous!! I forgot all the good techniques I was using at the range....especially off the tee. I had some really good chips onto the green and some good putts, so it wasn't a total failure. Only lost one ball, so that is a WIN....
I really think that having a new golfing partner today was the source of my lack of focus. I wasn't sure if he was going to be cool, or obnoxious, or patronizing. He turned out to be really cool, but a few times he gave me some unnecessary "free advice".
It's important to me to have golfing buddies I can trust. I go to play golf - not to give or receive lessons. I can't stand guys acting like they're my instructor....especially when they're golfing worse than I am!
I hate playing with strangers. Half of the fun for me is chatting with my buddies, or my kids, during the round. A stranger, even if they're a good guy (I've never had a woman jump in) infringes upon that.