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On 5/31/2020 at 5:45 PM, silver & black said:

I figure this is as good a place as any to put this. Have any of you seriously considered giving up this game? I am there right now. I have gone from a solid single digit to.... I have no idea.

I can't hit a ball with anything.... driver, irons or wedges. Everything I hit is almost cut in half with the bottom of the club. This has gone on for at least the last 6 rounds I've played. This is not fun or enjoyable... at all. I have lost 30 lbs. over the Winter. I can't find a swing to save my life. The game I love has become something to despise/fear. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep going like this before I just quit. 

 

Have any of you ever been where I am? What did you do? How did you fix it?

 

 

I can relate to how you're feeling right now, I'm going through one of those "down" periods now also. It can be incredibly frustrating when something you should take joy from becomes stressful(?). I had to take 2 months off this year due to an elbow issue, and I just haven't played well since coming back. Today was bout as good a day as I've had since starting to play again, but still frustrating.

Played the front in 40, par on 10, then 4 doubles in a row before finishing the last 4 holes 1 over. Shot 85, with the pattern of just losing my swing at some point in the round then getting it back, but not knowing why, continuing.

Maybe you need to take a break, clear your head, then go hit some balls at the range a few times before going out again. There's nothing wrong with taking time to clear the gremlins out of your head.

Good luck...

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13 hours ago, downlowkey said:

9 holes and back home before 9am.

Even par round - 3 birdies and a very ugly triple.

Almost bagged my first ace on the 4th hole today. Flat footed 7-iron from 161 ended up about a foot right behind the hole.

Got paired with some old pals from our club MGA group. It was nice catching up and we made plans to play early again Friday morning.

Nice round. I used to run a chapter of the MGA in California, it’s been hibernating since my kids were born. Might be time to reopen it soon. What MGA chapter you play in?

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6 hours ago, Grand Stranded said:

I can relate to how you're feeling right now, I'm going through one of those "down" periods now also. It can be incredibly frustrating when something you should take joy from becomes stressful(?). I had to take 2 months off this year due to an elbow issue, and I just haven't played well since coming back. Today was bout as good a day as I've had since starting to play again, but still frustrating.

Played the front in 40, par on 10, then 4 doubles in a row before finishing the last 4 holes 1 over. Shot 85, with the pattern of just losing my swing at some point in the round then getting it back, but not knowing why, continuing.

Maybe you need to take a break, clear your head, then go hit some balls at the range a few times before going out again. There's nothing wrong with taking time to clear the gremlins out of your head.

Good luck...

This. That was the story of early  last year and really much of the last 3-4 years after losing my swing.

 Can I offer an idea to take a lesson from a pro? I took one a few years ago that fixed one or two things, but the one last year was a gamechanger. Finally I started to thwack the ball and be much straighter. It's upped not only my enjoyment of the game but allowed me to play more now that I can get around sooner.

As for my game, I've managed to bang out a bunch of rounds:  92 at my home course including taking an 8 on a par 5 going on almost two weeks ago. Played again during the week and shot a pretty ho hum 45 on the back. Managed to play 18 Saturday and shot 93 on a new course. Had about a 5-6 hole stretch where my body was just physically shot but rallied to hit a birdie on 18. 

This week played two 9's and had a 45 and 47. The 45 finished double triple. The 47 was more of a get out and play without worrying about scoring. It was tough round mainly because of my driver and short game, but I started to play better around the 8th hole. Have two more rounds planned this weekend.

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3 hours ago, sp0rtsfan86 said:

This. That was the story of early  last year and really much of the last 3-4 years after losing my swing.

 Can I offer an idea to take a lesson from a pro? I took one a few years ago that fixed one or two things, but the one last year was a gamechanger. Finally I started to thwack the ball and be much straighter. It's upped not only my enjoyment of the game but allowed me to play more now that I can get around sooner.

As for my game, I've managed to bang out a bunch of rounds:  92 at my home course including taking an 8 on a par 5 going on almost two weeks ago. Played again during the week and shot a pretty ho hum 45 on the back. Managed to play 18 Saturday and shot 93 on a new course. Had about a 5-6 hole stretch where my body was just physically shot but rallied to hit a birdie on 18. 

This week played two 9's and had a 45 and 47. The 45 finished double triple. The 47 was more of a get out and play without worrying about scoring. It was tough round mainly because of my driver and short game, but I started to play better around the 8th hole. Have two more rounds planned this weekend.

I appreciate the advice, and the empathy. You mentioned lessons, and I think they're a big part of my "struggles" right now.

Back in November I went to see a very good teacher in my area. When I saw my back swing on video, I'm not going to lie, I was horrified, lol. Way inside, big loop at the top to "correct" that, and then coming into the ball with an open club face. He was amazed though how well I was getting thru the ball with all that going on. Saw him 3x, then went up to Long Island for the Holidays. Couldn't play golf up there because of the weather, but I worked on the drills he gave me. I got back down South early January, and the issue with my elbow flared up very soon after, and I got back to playing about 6 weeks ago. So I really wasn't putting in a lot of range work when I really needed to be doing that.

I think (no, I know) a big issue for me right now is I'm getting lost at the top of my swing, trying to "find?" a proper position. I've lost the flowing feeling of movement you have when playing any sport well. It almost seems like my swing has now fragmented into two entirely separate movements, an unsure back swing, then a turn. I keep waiting to get to the point where muscle memory kicks in. I know/hope I'm on the path to becoming a better player, but right now I'm stuck in the "one step back" part of the "in order to take two steps forward" thing.

I'm not going to lie, It's frustrating, and sometimes I wonder if I'd have been better off just staying with my old, flawed, but consistent swing. My scoring was way better then.

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10 hours ago, Agent Mike said:

Nice round. I used to run a chapter of the MGA in California, it’s been hibernating since my kids were born. Might be time to reopen it soon. What MGA chapter you play in?

I actually haven’t played in any MGA events at our club (Coal Creek GC - Colorado) the past few Summers.

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I played 9 holes this morning, my first golf since October. This was my first round since shoulder surgery back before Thanksgiving. I limited it to 9 until I see how my shoulder feels tomorrow. I would have been happy to break 50 (I'm a 10), and started with an ugly double off a good drive. Three straight bogeys, but finished with 5 pars for a 41. Extremely happy, and right now I don't need any meds for my shoulder.

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The score didn't indicate that I played any better than I have all year, but my ball striking was very solid.  2 terrible chips and a blowup hole derailed an otherwise good round.  For the first time this season my irons and wedge shots from the fairway felt good.  Also hit what may be the longest drive of my life leaving myself a little 7 iron into a par 5.  Hoping this is a turning point.

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My daughter is visiting from Indiana so I took her BF to my club. Yesterday I played my regular gold tees and shot 88. Today I played the white tees with him and shot 88.


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I play the white tees in every league comp, even though my age "allows" me to play the next one up.

I've moved up a few times though when I play just with my buddy, because I know the whites are a little too hard for him, and I don't want him to play them because of pride(?) He was a career Army guy and I know that's how he's wired.

I've learned moving up doesn't help me, I shoot about the same scores, even if I move BACK a tee to the Blacks. Why? My short game stinks, and I give up a ton of strokes right around the green.

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7 minutes ago, Grand Stranded said:

I play the white tees in every league comp, even though my age "allows" me to play the next one up.

I've moved up a few times though when I play just with my buddy, because I know the whites are a little too hard for him, and I don't want him to play them because of pride(?) He's a career Army guy and I know that's how he's wired.

I've learned moving up doesn't help me, I shoot the same scores just about, even if I move BACK a tee to the Blacks. Why? Apparently my short game stinks, and I give up a ton of strokes right around the green.

I play better farther back (maybe not tips depending on distance) but 6800 is pretty much a good number for me. Why? Because off the tee 130-170 is my wheel house, start getting within 90 and I think I’m worse off 

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I play better farther back (maybe not tips depending on distance) but 6800 is pretty much a good number for me. Why? Because off the tee 130-170 is my wheel house, start getting within 90 and I think I’m worse off 

Thanks, I thought it was just me, lol..

I'd say over 6400 is when I start pressing though, especially down here where we're at sea level. It's amazing the difference when I play where there's a higher altitude.

Last year my buddies up on Long Island were ragging on me when I came up there and played with them. I'd been whining to them on the phone from down here about how short I'd become off the tee, and then I was blowing it by them every hole.

I'm heading up again this Friday for about 6 weeks, I hope I can do the same thing this year. My confidence in my game needs a boost right now. 

 

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Meh....40 on the front, despite 2 double bogies.  Was playing pretty solid on the back, but just hosed the last 3 holes.  82 for the day.   Another 9 holes tonight with men's club.

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I shot my best round of the year today with a 39 + 37 = 76.   I'm playing again tomorrow so hopefully my ball striking will resemble what I had going today. I had the ole what could it have been if only the flat stick was on fire.  My driver and irons were money while I missed a few really close putts.    

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I shot my best round of the year today with a 39 + 37 = 76.   I'm playing again tomorrow so hopefully my ball striking will resemble what I had going today. I had the ole what could it have been if only the flat stick was on fire.  My driver and irons were money while I missed a few really close putts.    

Great round young fella!

Seems like your Flash and Rogue X's are behaving a lot better than mine are right now. You must've been shooting darts out there. Woulda been unreal if the putter was working for you.

 

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What are we doing here Rick, grading him on a curve?

76 might sound really good, but lets see him try to do it with left handed clubs, like we do... 🙄

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1 hour ago, Grand Stranded said:

Great round young fella!

Seems like your Flash and Rogue X's are behaving a lot better than mine are right now. You must've been shooting darts out there. Woulda been unreal if the putter was working for you.

 

What are we doing here Rick, grading him on a curve?

76 might sound really good, but lets see him try to do it with left handed clubs, like we do... 🙄

 

The Rogue X irons were spot on today .  With that said I pulled an old friend (Ping G30) out of retirement and was striping it today.  The Flash has been awesome for me however the G30 was behaving very nicely to say the least. 

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The Rogue X irons were spot on today .  With that said I pulled an old friend (Ping G30) out of retirement and was striping it today.  The Flash has been awesome for me however the G30 was behaving very nicely to say the least. 

It took a full 2 years after I decided I wanted a new driver before my G30 finally got the boot. And I REALLY only got rid of it because I wanted a different sound. It performed remarkably well against the M5 I’m using now.


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