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I'd love to hear from other hackers what you do to stay motivated when the going gets tough?

Since i'm a proud golf bum aka thrift store7udget golfer, every-time I break into a new HCP segment I buy something new/fitted.

When I broke 20, I bought, new Adidas shoes, when I broke 15 I got a fitted Cobra driver. Breaking 10 will mean some new cutlery (irons) for me...

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When I'm in the doldrums, I'll try something different.  I'll play with a half-set, or classic clubs, or play match play against someone without keeping stroke play score.  Just shake things up.

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Lessons! Always a good reset. Usually always leave it later than I should as well, I come out of a lesson and I can’t wait to get out on the course 

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9 hours ago, Tanky said:

I'd love to hear from other hackers what you do to stay motivated when the going gets tough?

Since i'm a proud golf bum aka thrift store7udget golfer, every-time I break into a new HCP segment I buy something new/fitted.

When I broke 20, I bought, new Adidas shoes, when I broke 15 I got a fitted Cobra driver. Breaking 10 will mean some new cutlery (irons) for me...

That is a great question!  I will be following to see others answers. Golf is a wonderful game, but it can definitely produce some lows especially in competition. For me, I always try to look at everything as a learning experience. I love practice, so I typically work it out in that manner.  Hitting balls in the garage after work has always been a great stress reliever after work. Improvement in golf never seems to be linear either. 

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It is just in my nature to want to keep improving. Nothing special required except money to take lessons and get equipment that fits me better.

My struggle comes when the improvement isn’t visible. My short game would fall into this category. The result is disappointment and frustration. When this happens I just try to change my focus to the overall enjoyment of the game, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. This resets my mentality and then I go back to working on improvements

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11 hours ago, Tanky said:

I'd love to hear from other hackers what you do to stay motivated when the going gets tough?

Since i'm a proud golf bum aka thrift store7udget golfer, every-time I break into a new HCP segment I buy something new/fitted.

When I broke 20, I bought, new Adidas shoes, when I broke 15 I got a fitted Cobra driver. Breaking 10 will mean some new cutlery (irons) for me...

That's kind of a cool way to stay on your game! When I was younger my dad would pay me to read personal improvement books, or let me get new shoes if I got a certain amount of jump shots in, and it definitely worked for me haha.

For my game right now though, it's been easy enough motivation just knowing that I can be a lot better than I am. If/once I hit a plateau, I might need to get creative!

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:

It is just in my nature to want to keep improving. Nothing special required except money to take lessons and get equipment that fits me better.

My struggle comes when the improvement isn’t visible. My short game would fall into this category. The result is disappointment and frustration. When this happens I just try to change my focus to the overall enjoyment of the game, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. This resets my mentality and then I go back to working on improvements

Interesting topic and I like your response. I had great expectations at the beginning of the season - starting at a 22.5 index, I worked at all aspects of the game + a fitting and new irons, resulting in a drop to an 18 at one point. But recently, I've gone back up, scoring in the high 90's,  resulting in an index hovering around 19. I know golf improvement is not linear, and that part is frustrating. Maybe I will take your advice and just go out and have fun and not pay attention to the score.  

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Interesting topic and I like your response. I had great expectations at the beginning of the season - starting at a 22.5 index, I worked at all aspects of the game + a fitting and new irons, resulting in a drop to an 18 at one point. But recently, I've gone back up, scoring in the high 90's,  resulting in an index hovering around 19. I know golf improvement is not linear, and that part is frustrating. Maybe I will take your advice and just go out and have fun and not pay attention to the score.  

I truly believe that how people deal with this is tied to their personality. I really want to get better and I have a path to get there. You’ve read enough of my posts to know that shortgame is my weakness. I can’t dwell over a few bad rounds since as you said improvement isn’t linear. When I get frustrated, I just have to take a step back and not push for the improvement. Remember, hitting bad shots are part of the path to improvement.
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I pay for lessons or memberships in advance so I am financially committed. Keeps me turning up each week because I'd be wasting my money if I didn't. 

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I’m by nature entirely too competitive, so until I break par consistently I will not be satisfied. That being said, I make note of positives from every round. It’s easy to beat myself up over the bad shots but it’s the good ones that keep you going back. What did I do well in hitting that approach shot? How do I replicate the physical and mental approach of that moment to get more consistent? To me, that’s just fun. 

I was just talking to a former golfer who is playing D1 golf about this yesterday. He said it perfectly. “No one makes it to the next level unless they fall in love with the process.” Find your joy in improving, grab it by the reins, and run with it. If you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong. 

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:


I truly believe that how people deal with this is tied to their personality. I really want to get better and I have a path to get there. 

I agree with cnosil on being tied to your personality. But I will add in your desire to improve has a big role as well. Twenty years ago I started to take it seriously. I broke everything down into stages. The quickest way to low scoring is in your short game. So I broke down the short game into stages.

1) Never three putt.

      So I built a golf green at my house in the most economical fashion I could. I would practice putting drills and then challenge myself.  " You can't go in for dinner until you make three 10 foot putts in a row." I would do this for a few weeks and then increase the distance once I was consistent. You don't need a golf green you can get a putting matt. 

2) Chip it close

      I would practice landing chips on a beach towel, then a smaller bath towel, then a golf towel. So if I can chip it close in theory I will one putt.  Same game, hit  3 or 6 on the towel before I could leave practice. Then I would move this challenge to the golf holes on my green. Can't leave until I hole one. Then increase distance.

3) Pitch it close 

  I would stick an old umbrella opened and upside down into the ground to be my bucket. Pitch shots into the umbrella.

4) Get out of the bunker

  I would practice bunker shots until I always got out in one. Then I moved to trying to land on a golf towel out of the sand. 

 

You get the idea. Break everything down into stages and only work on one at a time. You can take the same approach with all parts of the game. The biggest mistake I see people make is trying to work on everything at the same time. It's like when you were young and learning your ABC's  You start out with a few letters and add on to your knowledge base. 

 

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[mention=92161]Tanky[/mention] I did the same: I bought new clubs once I broke 80. My problem is when I don’t “feel” like I’m improving: I think[mention=15174] cnosil[/mention] mentioned this but measuring myself subjectively, I felt like I plateaued this year. The data suggests otherwise, and I’m happy to have tangible evidence to judge. I haven’t had a lesson in 2 years, but my instructor wrote down each lessons takeaway/lesson for me to review. So there’s always something for me to revisit: this winter I’ll be working on the length of backswing ( to improve accuracy) and my head/spine angle throughout my swing. My personality is one where I have to know how good I can be at something, and I’m still chasing my 1st ever under par round and the fabled scratch golfer moniker: lately I’m telling myself that the improvements from now on are going to be much, much smaller, and to trust the data(arccos) to gauge my improvement or regression.

 

 

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For me, for anything I am really interested in, I want to be good at whatever that thing is, and therefore am motivated to improve.

When I feel bad about a bad shot or a bad round, I always have to remind myself that golf is hard. Even Rory chunks one in the water once in a while. If a Tour pro can hit that same terrible shot that I hit (although I do it way more frequently), i don't feel so bad.

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1 hour ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

I agree with cnosil on being tied to your personality. But I will add in your desire to improve has a big role as well. Twenty years ago I started to take it seriously. I broke everything down into stages. The quickest way to low scoring is in your short game. So I broke down the short game into stages.

1) Never three putt.

      So I built a golf green at my house in the most economical fashion I could. I would practice putting drills and then challenge myself.  " You can't go in for dinner until you make three 10 foot putts in a row." I would do this for a few weeks and then increase the distance once I was consistent. You don't need a golf green you can get a putting matt. 

2) Chip it close

      I would practice landing chips on a beach towel, then a smaller bath towel, then a golf towel. So if I can chip it close in theory I will one putt.  Same game, hit  3 or 6 on the towel before I could leave practice. Then I would move this challenge to the golf holes on my green. Can't leave until I hole one. Then increase distance.

3) Pitch it close 

  I would stick an old umbrella opened and upside down into the ground to be my bucket. Pitch shots into the umbrella.

4) Get out of the bunker

  I would practice bunker shots until I always got out in one. Then I moved to trying to land on a golf towel out of the sand. 

 

You get the idea. Break everything down into stages and only work on one at a time. You can take the same approach with all parts of the game. The biggest mistake I see people make is trying to work on everything at the same time. It's like when you were young and learning your ABC's  You start out with a few letters and add on to your knowledge base. 

 

Solid advice. Getting "better" means improving a thousand skills, and this is a good set of them to improve the overall score. 

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There is tons of good advice on this thread so far. Here's my two cents: 

Half of getting better is in your head, and the better you get, the worse sometimes it seems you will do. Once upon a time bogey golf was something I was truly proud of. Now, I feel frustrated with the times I miss one and pay for it. 

The biggest change in getting from 90's to 70's was changing my mindset. Positive thinking won't do anything for you, but it will let you do anything better than negative thinking will. Today when I flub a shot, I laugh and think "I know I'm better than that," rather than getting mad at it happening. I listened to a Zig Ziglar thing once where he said you can't see how to get to your goal in the beginning, but start working, go as far as you can, and when you get there you will be able to see a little further. 

Good luck, and I love the reward system! Stsrt looking for those irons now, and every swing, know you're getting closer to hitting your next shot with them. 🙌

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One of the best mental tips I ever received applies to golf but also to life. 
 

“Be careful what you think, your thoughts steer your life.”

As a hovering 3-8 handicap, I acknowledge that there will be doubles, missed greens and 3 putts. Keeping perspective and managing my expectations of my own game, I can let a missed opportunity or a poor shot go. If I remind myself to say hey, clean slate on this shot, the opportunity to make a good swing is better in a positive mindset. 

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I love this topic.  Its great to see all the different ideas and opinions.

For me, the reason I started to get into golf was that it was something new and its like a puzzle.  I'm a fan of science and math and have always gravitated toward things that make you think and work things out. 

So my motivation is to solve the puzzle.  Golf, at least for me, is one that might never be solved like the Riemann Hypothesis.  I just keep working at it waiting for the small breakthroughs that come up every once in a while, that chip in from 10 yards off the green or that 30 foot putt that falls in the cup. 

I don't have any one thing that I do to motivate myself, it's just my OCD that compels me to keep going! 😆

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My key to improvement is to let myself get really bad then improve back to my baseline. 🤣 With the kids getting more active in more things, my only real option is to be content with a plateau for a while. 

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this is an awesome topic!

@cnosil that’s a great take - that everyone’s approach to the game and improvement speaks to their personality. 

i’m a life long athlete. D1 and semi pro baseball, nationally ranked weightlifter in my mid-late 20s. i’ve never taken on any athletic pursuit recreationally, i always want to figure out how to maximize my potential at whatever i’m doing. 

i held off on golf for a number of years even though my dad wanted me to play. i pretty quickly found out how far raw athletic ability can take me, and now i have to figure out how to actually play golf

what i’ve always done in training is when i hit a plateau or can’t seem to make any progress, is i find one small facet and try to get 1% better at it during each training session. 

walking away from practice with a positive, no matter how small, is a great feeling. 

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