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First it was Saturday then today at the range, I hit ONE yes I said ONE straight ball. Usually my irons are super trusty and straight. I dont know what I am doing and was hoping to get some advice to get out of my funk. Thanks in advance.

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This is tough.  Happens to me at least once a year.  The confidence goes, poor shots are struck.  What do I do?  I am not even sure, a lot of self pep talk, find a club that I do hit well and hit it repeatedly.  A lot of short shots to get the rhythm back.

 

Golf is a funny game.  Can be on top of the world one day, and a dumpster fire the next.  
 

Good thoughts only.  They go along way in this game.

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Thanks for the input. I hope I can get out of this, it just is unfun haha

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For me it's purely Tempo when I get out of sorts. 

I try to hit smooth 3/4 swings that have a nice steady acceleration at the bottom. No thought about distance just feel. 

Right now my miss is a mid round shank with a wedge that will occur a few holes in a row. Its baffling to me because everywhere else is great. I really try to not let it get me down. 

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If my funk gets bad enough, I schedule 15-30 minutes with my teaching pro.  Usually he can look at a couple swings and tell me what's going on.    And the option always is to go buy some new clubs 🤪

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11 hours ago, Ethan21 said:

First it was Saturday then today at the range, I hit ONE yes I said ONE straight ball. Usually my irons are super trusty and straight. I dont know what I am doing and was hoping to get some advice to get out of my funk. Thanks in advance.

balls that go straight are the HARDEST balls to hit reliably.   A degree change in setup, path, face angle, lie angle, etc will cause the ball to curve.   You don't say how non straight the ball was going,  but sometimes our swing just does that and we hit balls that curve more than we expect.   

Depending how bad you think the funk is,  take a lesson or hit some partial swing shots (9-3 drill) or hit a mid to long iron 100 yards to get your tempo and sequencing in line,  put down some alignment sticks to make sure your setup is correct.  

I wouldn't sweat it maybe take a few days away from swinging a club. 

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Thanks for all the advise.

9 hours ago, Popeye64 said:

For me it's purely Tempo when I get out of sorts. 

I try to hit smooth 3/4 swings that have a nice steady acceleration at the bottom. No thought about distance just feel. 

Right now my miss is a mid round shank with a wedge that will occur a few holes in a row. Its baffling to me because everywhere else is great. I really try to not let it get me down. 

I definately need to get my temp in good order I will try this out.

2 hours ago, Larryd3 said:

If my funk gets bad enough, I schedule 15-30 minutes with my teaching pro.  Usually he can look at a couple swings and tell me what's going on.    And the option always is to go buy some new clubs 🤪

Well thats what I am trying to avoid, I am wanting to pull the trigger on some irons but if I keep golfing like this then I will have to get a different set. 😥 Also I haven't found a teaching pro around here, to be fair though I haven't looked real hard.

14 minutes ago, cnosil said:

balls that go straight are the HARDEST balls to hit reliably.   A degree change in setup, path, face angle, lie angle, etc will cause the ball to curve.   You don't say how non straight the ball was going,  but sometimes our swing just does that and we hit balls that curve more than we expect.   

Depending how bad you think the funk is,  take a lesson or hit some partial swing shots (9-3 drill) or hit a mid to long iron 100 yards to get your tempo and sequencing in line,  put down some alignment sticks to make sure your setup is correct.  

I wouldn't sweat it maybe take a few days away from swinging a club. 

I will be trying to find some lessons around here and do both of those practice techniques, I will also buy some alignment sticks...😳 should have had them before. Thanks for your input.

 

Everyones input is appreciated, I will keep you all updated on how this process evolves as well.

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What are your expectations?  I just went through this prior to going on a vacation.  I was Shanking my wedges, even shanked a few while playing the courses.

This is the most unnerving thing to me, that terrible shot.  But, I knew that eventually I would stop doing that crap, and once again I have moved my strike pattern to the central region again.
 

Why would you need to look at a different iron?  Which irons are you looking at?  Just because you are having an off few weeks does not mean that you need a SSSSSSGI type of club.  The extra s’s for illustration purposes.

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I think it's helpful to try to re-groove your swing without hitting balls. I often find that when I'm in a funk, I try to think my way out of it and then all of a sudden I have 15 swing thoughts every time I step up to the ball and it always goes poorly. Assuming you generally have a consistent swing, try to find that groove again and let the muscle memory kick in before worrying about the results. 

I'm working through this right now myself. Just re-injured my upper back a month ago, and after a TPI evaluation, I found that almost all of the power in my swing is coming from my thoracic spine and none from my lower body. So now I need to try to start incorporating my lower body, but with all of these changes, I'm overthinking things and only hitting about 30% of my shots well. I'm confident that once I can get to being automatic with the swing, things will be better.

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32 minutes ago, Shankster said:

What are your expectations?  I just went through this prior to going on a vacation.  I was Shanking my wedges, even shanked a few while playing the courses.

This is the most unnerving thing to me, that terrible shot.  But, I knew that eventually I would stop doing that crap, and once again I have moved my strike pattern to the central region again.
 

Why would you need to look at a different iron?  Which irons are you looking at?  Just because you are having an off few weeks does not mean that you need a SSSSSSGI type of club.  The extra s’s for illustration purposes.

I want to get back to where all my irons are super straight and trusty, I was shanking EVERYTHING 😳. I have Taylormade RBZ that I bought off the shelf and are regular flex, I want to get a fitting and new irons. I feel like mine are a bit short and I am pretty sure they are the wrong flex (7 iron-195). I am looking at Callaway Apex Pro 21s or the new Titleist T100 kinda just depends on what the fitting tells me, I just know new irons are in the future. Yeah I get it I just have never played this bad or had this bad of a funk so its kinda pushing my nerves.

 

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Depends on what is causing it.  I get the shanks (the golf equivalent of the twisties) at least twice a year and this year was the first time I figured out why.  I come down too steep. So when it happens now I know what to do at the range, focus on shallowing out and slowing down.

Before I knew what the problem was, I'd just take 2 weeks away from golf.  Look at my clubs and say "screw you guys, I'm going home".   Come back and hopefully it fixes itself. 

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28 minutes ago, tylerjarvis said:

I think it's helpful to try to re-groove your swing without hitting balls. I often find that when I'm in a funk, I try to think my way out of it and then all of a sudden I have 15 swing thoughts every time I step up to the ball and it always goes poorly. Assuming you generally have a consistent swing, try to find that groove again and let the muscle memory kick in before worrying about the results. 

I'm working through this right now myself. Just re-injured my upper back a month ago, and after a TPI evaluation, I found that almost all of the power in my swing is coming from my thoracic spine and none from my lower body. So now I need to try to start incorporating my lower body, but with all of these changes, I'm overthinking things and only hitting about 30% of my shots well. I'm confident that once I can get to being automatic with the swing, things will be better.

I am definately overthinking absolutely no question about that, everyone tells me I swing too hard at the ball and my backswing is too fast. All that stuff gets stuck in my head and I start looking crap up online and try to change it. I just need to go get some lessons and see what they say. I hope your back gets better and your swing comes around.

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2 minutes ago, den748 said:

Depends on what is causing it.  I get the shanks (the golf equivalent of the twisties) at least twice a year and this year was the first time I figured out why.  I come down too steep. So when it happens now I know what to do at the range, focus on shallowing out and slowing down.

Before I knew what the problem was, I'd just take 2 weeks away from golf.  Look at my clubs and say "screw you guys, I'm going home".   Come back and hopefully it fixes itself. 

Sounds like me haha. Yeah I want to work through it instead of just stopping for a bit, then coming back and "oh well it magically dissappeared."

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2 minutes ago, Ethan21 said:

I want to get back to where all my irons are super straight and trusty, I was shanking EVERYTHING 😳. I have Taylormade RBZ that I bought off the shelf and are regular flex, I want to get a fitting and new irons. I feel like mine are a bit short and I am pretty sure they are the wrong flex (7 iron-195). I am looking at Callaway Apex Pro 21s or the new Titleist T100 kinda just depends on what the fitting tells me, I just know new irons are in the future. Yeah I get it I just have never played this bad or had this bad of a funk so its kinda pushing my nerves.

 

Happens man.  Do not despair, I went for a fitting for the Blueprints a few years ago, and shanked 8 of 20.  Talk about embarrassing.  
 

I was recovering from a recent shoulder surgery, but I had high expectations and my game was/is not Hoseling the ball.  
 

Patience is key.  

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Just now, Shankster said:

Happens man.  Do not despair, I went for a fitting for the Blueprints a few years ago, and shanked 8 of 20.  Talk about embarrassing.  
 

I was recovering from a recent shoulder surgery, but I had high expectations and my game was/is not Hoseling the ball.  
 

Patience is key.  

Thanks! Did you end up getting them?

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I like to think I can hit myself out of a funk. I need to get all the bad swings out. So I go to the range for an hour and let it all out. I video tape myself to see about consistency and inconsistencies. Take a look and see what needs to be modified or corrected. I’ve also found that simulating holes by going to the range is better for me at least. I’ll never be able to hit 10 great 7 irons in a row. But once warmed up I can throw together a good simulated hole session

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5 minutes ago, RollingGreens said:

I like to think I can hit myself out of a funk. I need to get all the bad swings out. So I go to the range for an hour and let it all out. I video tape myself to see about consistency and inconsistencies. Take a look and see what needs to be modified or corrected. I’ve also found that simulating holes by going to the range is better for me at least. I’ll never be able to hit 10 great 7 irons in a row. But once warmed up I can throw together a good simulated hole session

I will try that out, sounds like it makes a range session more interesting too!

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  • Woods: Cobra LTDx 14.5*
  • Hybrid: Taylormade RBZ Stage 2 3 Hybrid
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  • Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 60* and 56*, SM8 50*
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport Select 1.5
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For me, when my swing is really bad, I try to focus on other things that are going well, to help boost my confidence. Maybe my short game is well, and it helps keep my scores reasonable. I think someone above mentioned hitting the range and getting all the bad shots out. I agree. A pro once told me that sometimes it's good to just hit balls and not care where they go. If you've been playing a while, and not doing a swing overhaul, then it's likely just a hiccup that happens and it'll likely run its course

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