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Things started well yesterday then the wheels started to come off.  It wasn't all of a sudden, more like the wheel lost a couple lug nuts, started to shimmy and shake and then just came flying off.

 

Question to you guys - what do you do if things start to go haywire mid round - if anything?

 

shorter backswing, grip adjustment, stop using a particular club, switch balls, hit-and-hope, something else??

 

Love to hear your thoughts!

 

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This happens to me usually on holes 5, 6, 7 & 8. Sometimes 9, but I have to change my attack for the back 9 anyways, the lay out is different. Not sure what happens, but it destroys my round.

 

I think I get more aggressive on those holes, and the back makes me play more conservatively.

 

 

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When my full swing starts to fail me. I have some go to swings that give me less distance, but make it easier to hit the ball straight and control the ball. It's kind of like my knock down swing and I will go to it when start to go awry. In the last year, I've spent a ton of time at the range working on my swing and trying different things, so when I start to do something wrong, I think back to things I've worked on at the range and I can usually figure out what's causing my issue. 

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I just have to take a deep breath, and remember it's just a game

Couple rounds ago, I started Triple Triple......hadn't probably done that in 20 years.......I wanted to head to the parking lot and go home.....but I just took a deep breath, and an extra minute on the next tee, composed myself, and played pretty decent the rest of the way

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I think I get into this mental time warp and it's like descending into a black hole.

 

Instead of just acting I start reacting and get all sorts of thoughts racing through my head - alignment, hips, clubface in backswing, rotate hips, stay behind the ball, swing up, swing down, don't sway, blah, blah, blah...

 

Maybe I should just wear headphones and listen to music while I play???

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Well I'm fortunate that I don't really ever have the wheels fall off. I play really conservative by nature and play to make bogey at the worst. Now with that said, if I make a bogey I always do a quick check as to where the wasted stroke was. If I have a couple rough holes in a row, I will utilize the next hole to take a really safe approach. Usually my bad scores are the result of a misjudged approach shot that shortsides myself. So a lot of times after that I play really conservative to the correct miss side.

 

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Few weeks ago, I took a triple bogey on the second hole I was on. Just went granular and focused on the one shot at a time thought instead of pressing on the thought that the triple was a round wrecker. While I still threw a few bogeys up I also threw a bird up too. Take a deep breath and hit your next shot.

 

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I used to get in the mindset that once I had a bad hole, the rest of the round would go south from there. I try to leave all the bad shots in the past and focus on my score on the current hole, and not overall. If I tell myself I have to get a birdie, I usually end up getting a bogey or double bogey. Just relax and focus on the shot at hand and nothing else.

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I always seem to have one or two bad holes a round. It is something where I'm not a great golfer and should be more taking lessons it is bound to happen.

Usually after that bad hole I try to relax and remember that I'm out to enjoy playing and be outside (hopefully in the sun) and more times then not that will help get me back on track.

Somehow I find it very hard to not enjoy golfing even if I'm playing terrible. One good shot and all the confidence comes back. Plus there are always more good rounds and more good shots to come down the road!

 

 

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First thing I always do is step back and remind myself there's no reason I can't save the round. Next I'll change my game plan (target lines etc.) based on what's going on and then be mindful of a few checkpoints in my swing.

 

 

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Sometimes I just change balls, I use the truvis mostly, so if I am having isssues with the yellow and black I switch to the red and white, or if I am using a yellow ball I will just switch to white. Sometimes just a small change like that can change the perception of something in your minds

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I tend to be a slow starter on the course. Its usually around 7 or 8 I start really going. I find that it is more about finding my rhythm out there. I know that should be done on the range and during warm up but silly me it takes a little while longer 

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I tend to be a slow starter on the course. Its usually around 7 or 8 I start really going. I find that it is more about finding my rhythm out there. I know that should be done on the range and during warm up but silly me it takes a little while longer 

 

funny you should say that.  I was playing last Monday and noticed after the 6th hole that I started finding my groove.

 

I didn't go to the range before and played right out of the parking lot but still... I see what you mean.

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Things started well yesterday then the wheels started to come off. It wasn't all of a sudden, more like the wheel lost a couple lug nuts, started to shimmy and shake and then just came flying off.

 

Question to you guys - what do you do if things start to go haywire mid round - if anything?

 

shorter backswing, grip adjustment, stop using a particular club, switch balls, hit-and-hope, something else??

 

Love to hear your thoughts!

 

Thanks...

What a great thread. The wheels came off my game on Tuesday morning and I didn't recover. Hope to learn some good tips here.

 

 

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I tend to be a slow starter on the course. Its usually around 7 or 8 I start really going. I find that it is more about finding my rhythm out there. I know that should be done on the range and during warm up but silly me it takes a little while longer

something you might try that helped me with that same problem is playing the first few holes of the course (or a course you know well) on the range during warmup. Pick a target and hit the club you would use off the first tee and go from there. If you would've missed the fairway hit whatever recovery you normally would and so on. It takes a little extra time but I can say from experience it works. And above all have fun!

 

 

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something you might try that helped me with that same problem is playing the first few holes of the course (or a course you know well) on the range during warmup. Pick a target and hit the club you would use off the first tee and go from there. If you would've missed the fairway hit whatever recovery you normally would and so on. It takes a little extra time but I can say from experience it works. And above all have fun!

 

 

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Man all great tips. I played college and was an okay player. Didn't embarrass myself but wasn't a winner. I tend to warm up pretty good on the range and my last few swings will usually be my first 3 tee shots, But I like the idea of playing the recovery or second shot! 

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Man all great tips. I played college and was an okay player. Didn't embarrass myself but wasn't a winner. I tend to warm up pretty good on the range and my last few swings will usually be my first 3 tee shots, But I like the idea of playing the recovery or second shot!

I go all the way to pitch shots and move on to the next tee when I feel I've hit the green. It's one of my favorites on a tournament warmup to get in a comfort zone at an unfamiliar course.

 

 

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I've learned what not to do.  If I try to "fix" my swing mid round, it leads down the rabbit hole of despair, disgust and disillusionment.  E.g., I took it back inside on that last swing, I need to go back on plane this time...caught that one a little thin, I need to hit down on the ball...I push-sliced that one, I need to close the club face more....

 

 

This year I have started using Shawn Clement's suggestion for on course evaluation.  When I hit a shot, I evaluate it based on RIBS: rhythm, impact, balance and strain.  "I was a bit fast on that one, which caused me to get off balance, but the strain level was OK, impact was maybe a little thin."  That's it.  Shots over, move on and concentrate on the target for next shot.  It works for me.  No more fiddling with my swing.  It fees me up to play golf instead of golf swig.  If I'm way off somehow, I may do a drill to get the feel back in my swing.  

 

Albeit, I did have a particularly bad round going about a month ago.  I stunk up the front nine.  Nothing was going right.  Starting with my tee shot on 11, I hit every shot with my feet together.  (A drill I do religiously on the range.)  Two holes later my playing partners asked why I didn't play with my feet together all the time.  I turned a bad round in to a very good back nine.  Fortunately, I haven't had to go to that extreme in the past month.    

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Merely acknowledging that you're going through some terrible stretch of golf is a big problem. It has already been mentioned but I'll say it again; golf is best played with a very short memory. The game is already hard enough when you remain in the moment.

 

 

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