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Welcome to MyGolfSpy!! One of the most common is underclubbing.  "One time 4 years ago I hit my 7-iron 175 yards, so that's that I'm hitting from 175 today."

Trying every swing tip they find on YouTube or some golf website to fix a symptom and not a cause.

Man, reading this thread makes me wonder how an "avg" golfer ever gets the ball in the hole. 😆 The biggest thing the average golfer does is exactly this thread, FOCUS ON WHAT THEY DO WRONG instea

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Buying new clubs to fix a problem, pay for lessons. You can play with old clubs and still be very good. And like the above post said trying to fix problems watching youtube videos. you need to know the route cause to fix the problem. Everyone has a different swing there is not a one swing for everyone don't fix what aint broke. 

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I played a lot of weekend late evening 9 hole rounds this summer to squeeze in some golf when I could.  I ended up playing at least a few holes with a lot of different people.  90% of them were at least 20+ 'cappers and most seemed to have some sort of basic set up problem....grip, alignment, ball position, posture, etc.  The swing usually went off the rails from there.  

I also like DaveP's underclubbing choice.  

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Not taking our punishment when in the rough. When you hit a shot into the trees and you try to hit a recovery shot that has a minimal success rate instead of simply just trying to get it back on the fairway

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Id say trying to play the hero shot.  Just because you actually pulled It off once doesn't mean its going to work even most of the time and sometimes you need to just take your medicine and get it back into the fairway instead of trying to hit the 200 yard shot out of the rough and over water.

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Swing-wise: Their stance & setup gives them no chance to put the club on the ball solidly. 10 minutes with a pro and some alignment sticks would do wonders.

Course management-wise: Not playing within their abilities. Driver on every hole, usually wild. Trying to carry bunkers, penalty areas with no prayer. Underclubbing. Basically, not understanding what shots they are capable of hitting consistently and hitting those.

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Taking a lesson (because they need it) and expecting results after hitting a large bucket of balls.  Pros tweak their swing, and they will take weeks if not months to make it work, and they are good.

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13 hours ago, silver & black said:

Making a tee time.

@silver & black as in not making it on time or just making a tee time lol!

and as most people already hit the main ones, i definitely agree with the "trying to apply every swing tip from every instructor". Everyone has a different teaching style and is not correct for everyone. I say choose one teacher (Youtube or in person) and stick with them. I stuck with Clay Bollard from Top Speed Golf and definitely helped my game. 

Also not taking your medicine when needed! Hit that punch out from behind the tree instead of trying the hero shot like someone else said.

Don't think anyone mentioned not using the right clubs. Always shake my head when I see 20+ handicappers using bladed irons because "that is what the pros use." 

 

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On 9/29/2020 at 1:24 PM, Shapotomous said:

I played a lot of weekend late evening 9 hole rounds this summer to squeeze in some golf when I could.  I ended up playing at least a few holes with a lot of different people.  90% of them were at least 20+ 'cappers and most seemed to have some sort of basic set up problem....grip, alignment, ball position, posture, etc.  The swing usually went off the rails from there.  

I also like DaveP's underclubbing choice.  

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Playing the wrong tees.  
 

And under clubbing as I think @DaveP043 mentioned. 

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All good stuff here and welcome to MGS. I am going with @DaveP043 on this. Underclubbing. More often than it average golfers are not going to get all of the club every time. I add to this in saying know your actual distances. Arccos has helped me so much with this.

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Under clubbing and along with that not knowing the distance of each club, the real distance, not what you think it is!!!

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I'll add not paying attention to all aspects when it comes to equipment. I play regularly with a guy that hasn't changed his grips in years, wears shoes with worn out cleats and plays with old water balls. He typically shoots 105-110. And yes he can afford all of the above, just doesn't appreciate the value or care.


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A toss up IMO between golf knowledge (the rules, ball flight laws:[what causes slices/hooks,etc] & basic golf swing fundamentals, etc) and  golf equipment not suited to the golfers abilities and/or current swing characteristics. 

 

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Underclubbing is point 1, 2, and 3 (along with underclubbing)

Besides that, I would also mention focusing to much on the pin, not the green. Once they're on the green, thinking too much about the line, not enough about the speed. Last, trying to make up for those mistakes with one swing on the next hole instead of just playing the shot in front of them.

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2 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

I'll add not paying attention to all aspects when it comes to equipment. I play regularly with a guy that hasn't changed his grips in years, wears shoes with worn out cleats and plays with old water balls. He typically shoots 105-110. And yes he can afford all of the above, just doesn't appreciate the value or care.


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Great point. It’s funny too because while golf is known as an expensive sport....equipment can be found so inexpensively these days. 

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