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How to deal with golf burn out?


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Any hobby that is your main focus (and possibly only focus) will get stale and boring from time to time. That's life when you solely focus on one thing only. You get burned out.

Same goes for things like music. After a while you feel like you "run out" of creativity. Or biking - you feel like you've ridden every route and your body just wants a break.

Take a break. Focus on something else for a while. Develop other skills or talents. 

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What a coincidence. Just last night I was asking my wife whether we should take a break from golf and do something more "active", such as tennis. We both played tennis in our youth and our 6 y.o. daughter is taking tennis with golf right now.

I guess the fact that winter is coming makes it an easier decision that usual. I normally give my clubs a last spa treatment around November and don't take them out til March/April, so the 3-4 month break does help with getting the bug back.

For me golf is like having a girlfriend: see her every day and you take it for granted, but see her only during weekends and you'll miss her from Mon to Fri. Or go on a business trip for a couple of weeks and you'll be dying to be back home.

We just went into our 2nd lockdown... golf courses were lucky enough to remain open (only singles or twosomes, unless you are from the same household). You should consider the effects of COVID, if you take a break from golf, is there an alternative in the current situation?

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Living in MI, I get the involuntary 5-6 months off every year.  Even with that, there are times during the season when I don't got out when I have an opportunity, and instead sit in the house and watch Law and Order reruns.

Truthfully, I get tired of it, it doesn't last long, maybe just a day, but yeah, I can admit it.   It is a hard game, and it is fickle.   Sometimes a nice canoe ride is preferable to grinding over a 4 ft. putt.  But knowing the season is short is motivation to get back to it, there just isn't much time to waste.

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I didn't play golf this weekend. Stayed home, and played guitar.

Today, I walked 9 with my Son.

No real swing thoughts. Hit some really good shots, an didn't worry about the score.

My driver is going farther, and the wedges suffered some from the 8 " of rain last week, and nighttime temps in the 30s.

It's fall, I'll have to just hit when I can and want to.

Thanks to everyone for all the comments and good words.

Looks like I'll be part-time this winter.

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I live in Salt Lake City so there’s a minimum 3 months off. Time off is definitely a good suggestion: but you may have just lost your love for the game. Same thing happened to me with my 1st love, snowboarding: went from going 100+ days every ski season, to maybe once or twice a year. Just didn’t love it anymore. I think it as much to do with my ability peaking/declining as anything else.


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I like golf and have always had a soft spot for it but it's definitely a sport that you can get burnt out on. I worked for three golf pro's through college and within one year of me graduating all three changed professions and quit golf, they simply hated what they once liked. You're not required to golf and you don't owe anything to the game. Take some time off and if you still feel like you want to like golf then go golfing few times to see if you get that spark back because it may require some effort to find it. During college I worked at a bookstore during the winter and they had a 12-step book for quitting golf. I always thought I should have read it but never did for fear that I would actually stop playing. I know it sounds weird but I think it's our self-defense mechanism gone awry. Golf is a hobby (for most) and if it isn't making you happy don't do it. It sounds like you are genuinely not interested in golf and not just going through a rough patch with your swing or some other element of the game.

I suggest you stop playing with the intention of not playing unless you want to. Try not to just take a scheduled "break" and expect to return because then you may never fully disconnect like you need to. Let it come back naturally. However, if you are seriously wanting to get back into golf, I would suggest coming back more for social reasons. Do it to hang out with friends and have a good time and not to try and get you handicap down another stroke. I don't know how you went about golf in the past but most people absorbed by the game are in it to get better and not in it solely for social or fun reasons. Try to join some leagues that play scrambles, drink some beers, and just have fun. I always found that I enjoyed my stroke play rounds more after I played in scrambles. Playing with high handicap golfers who only play scrambles generally have that pure joy when playing golf even if they aren't very good. That joy tends to get lost when you get absorbed into the game because once you understand how everything works the magic kind of disappears. 

Whatever you decide to do just remember that you don't owe golf anything and golf doesn't owe you anything. Deep down I think some people on this forum are probably jealous of those that can straight up quit golf. Don't let golf be a tyranny on what you do for fun in your life. You only get to live once.

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We always take 2-3 week holidays twice a year where we generally do not play golf. I find that after about a 2 weeks I find that I do not really miss it but then do enjoywhen I do finally get back on course. Interestingly we have been in Lockdown for 21 weeks and boy were we itching to get back out on course, not necessarily for the golf, more for the banter and catching up with people. 

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I say Double or triple down on your normal amount of Play!🤪

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On 11/1/2020 at 11:11 AM, Jackal said:

I have been playing for 25 years.

Eat, sleep, watch, and read golf.

Play year round. Never go more than 3 days without picking up a club.

Yesterday, all of a sudden, I think I hate golf.

My Son is 17, and a fantastic golfer. High school team, medalist, local hero, etc. 

For the past 3 weeks, my score has been dropping like crazy. 

Went from shooting 45-46 per nine, to 40-41.

Hitting long straight drives, great wedges, and putting.

 

Just woke up yesterday, and don't like golf.

We went to the course, and the whole time was thinking I would rather be at work than here.

How do y'all deal with this? 

Do others get this way, or have I lost the golf bug?

Thanks for the advice.

You know NOT what you say.  This talk is sacrilegious.  haha.  I've had days like this too, but it's usually when I am playing poorly.  Sorry to hear this, take some time off from golf and then see how you feel. 

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Update. I started playing again last weekend.

Just concentrating on the swing basics.

My score is still pretty low.

The cooler weather & hunting\ football season has emptied the course.

 I'm enjoying it again.

My time in the golf forums has slowed, because I don't want to ( overdose) on golf.

Thanks for all the good words and replies.

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On 11/19/2020 at 10:02 AM, Jackal said:

Update. I started playing again last weekend.

Just concentrating on the swing basics.

My score is still pretty low.

The cooler weather & hunting\ football season has emptied the course.

 I'm enjoying it again.

My time in the golf forums has slowed, because I don't want to ( overdose) on golf.

Thanks for all the good words and replies.

Getting out there without a crowd can definitely help to make it more relaxing. Nothing more stressful than 4 some after 4 some on the tee boxes with big waiting times

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Not sure how I missed this one but I agree with everyone. Take a break 😊

Been there, done that and bought the polo. I worked in golf from age 14 (caddy) to 26 and at the end, hated the thought of the game. I didn’t play until age 30 and in that time, completely forgot about the game. 

Good news is, I fell back in love with playing; so much that I’m trying to compete again. 
 

I’m glad to hear you’re back. Life in moderation. Play well 😊

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On 11/1/2020 at 4:11 PM, Jackal said:

I have been playing for 25 years.

Eat, sleep, watch, and read golf.

Play year round. Never go more than 3 days without picking up a club.

Yesterday, all of a sudden, I think I hate golf.

My Son is 17, and a fantastic golfer. High school team, medalist, local hero, etc. 

For the past 3 weeks, my score has been dropping like crazy. 

Went from shooting 45-46 per nine, to 40-41.

Hitting long straight drives, great wedges, and putting.

 

Just woke up yesterday, and don't like golf.

We went to the course, and the whole time was thinking I would rather be at work than here.

How do y'all deal with this? 

Do others get this way, or have I lost the golf bug?

Thanks for the advice.

I am with you here but maybe not go back to work. I retired 18 months ago with a h/c of 9 and gave myself a target of getting to 5 before I turned 60. I was playing 4 or 5 times a week, with competitions twice a week. Well I made it to 5.4 at the end of October and now I feel it is a bit of a chore admittedly it is Winter in Scotland and the conditions are poor. Usually I would be perked up by going to the Canary Islands for 2 weeks in Nov and the 2 in Feb to play golf, but in COVID times this is not so easy. I was also due to be playing in Turkey in November but COVID put a stop to that.

For me I think I need to set myself some new targets for the new season which will hopefully give me the drive to get back out.  

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My husband had a similar situation a few years ago - he found that taking a short break and trying a new hobby helped. He also found that what had happened was he didn't enjoy golfing on his own any more - he wanted someone to talk to. So he joined a new golf club and found regular golfing partners and that really helped. 

 

I'm still very new to the golf world so haven't experienced it myself - but hope this helped a little!

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On 11/1/2020 at 11:11 AM, Jackal said:

I have been playing for 25 years.

Eat, sleep, watch, and read golf.

Play year round. Never go more than 3 days without picking up a club.

Yesterday, all of a sudden, I think I hate golf.

My Son is 17, and a fantastic golfer. High school team, medalist, local hero, etc. 

For the past 3 weeks, my score has been dropping like crazy. 

Went from shooting 45-46 per nine, to 40-41.

Hitting long straight drives, great wedges, and putting.

 

Just woke up yesterday, and don't like golf.

We went to the course, and the whole time was thinking I would rather be at work than here.

How do y'all deal with this? 

Do others get this way, or have I lost the golf bug?

Thanks for the advice.

Seems like a week or two off may help, but if you're son is playing and you're going anyway, try setting new goals! Break 80, even par on the front etc.  Or work on a new shot. I spend a lot of time working on being able to hit a desired ball flight on the course. On the range it's not an issue, but when you NEED that low draw or low fade to get under a tree limb it's harder! I quite like playing a few holes where I solely concentrate on that kind of execution. 

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