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I think of a natural swing as whatever motion an individual would make if I gave her a stick and told her to hold it with two hands and hit something with it. Certainly individuals have different natural movements.
 Durng a natural swing, your arm will rotate. I do try to limit that rotation. I set up how I want to make contact (square clubface, hands forward, flat left wrist) and then (try to) keep my left arm/wrist in a fixed position throughout my swing. But that doesn't completely stop my arm from rotating, and my clubface doesn't stay square. I'm not sure that it'd be possible to actually stop my arm from rotating and still take a full backswing.That said, I expect the issue...
Just play more is the best advice. That said, four thoughts on the range-to-game work. First, and obviously, be sure you're hitting off grass, not turf. Second, course usually means less than 'driving range perfect' conditions. You're more likely to find imperfect/unlevel ground at the far end spots at your range, and you can usually add some randomness by dropping and playing as it lies. Third, when you play, there's time between shots. Take a couple minutes between...
 For me to believe myself, I need to be confident, and that usually requires some past (positive) performance. So I get putting drills where you tighten the circle down to the hole. Assuming you complete that drill, that should help build confidence. Same with my driver. Only after I developed a (reasonably) consistent swing was I able to swing confidently (angry). That said, I do not understand why someone would not try to sink a putt during play. By the time...
 I'm very-not-an-expert, but if your left elbow is *significantly* bent on the backswing, that's probably a symptom, not a problem. So I'm not sure it's something you should focus on. Correcting the larger swing issue(s) may naturally straighten out your left arm. I had a total baseball swing with a major left elbow bend. The fix for me was "steady head" drills, not focusing on the elbow. When my head's still, a baseball swing feels unnatural, and to feel max...
Do you practice putting?  Admittedly, I don't practice it enough.  You can work on accuracy at home -- just putt the ball straight at whatever target you set on the floor.  For gauging distance, you need to know what the greens are like that day, so take 10 minutes before your next round and hit a couple dozen putts on the practice green.  As good as I am about making time to go to the range before a round, I'm really bad about making time to go to the practice green. ...
I haven't taken lessons, and I don't plan to take them. The game's fun for me; it's been fun since I was consistent enough to shoot about 110. When I first started out, lessons could have helped me accelerate the path to playing well enough to have fun. But that ship has sailed. And I do like having things to "work on," but I don't need lessons for that, and I've never been super-serious about improving. Shooting in the mid/high 80s now; to me, there's very limited...
Years ago, I asked my wife's grandfather (a plus-handicapper through his early 80s) this question. He told me he had asked the same question decades ago, and gave me the same response: "Hit the back of the ball with the front of the club." Truly a golf zen master. In that spirit, my tip is that, to break 100, you only need three clubs: one wood, one iron and one putter. Stay zen.
Yeah, when there are things stopping you from playing regularly -- weather or injury or work or whatever -- it makes it really hard to get better. The range is a great place to work on all the swing tips you read here, help build muscle memory, etc., but there's no substitute for just getting out there and playing. There's a lot of really bad golf being played out there. It's tough to tell on a site like this, where a bunch of excellent golfers, some of whom are...
Where you go from here is (weather permitting) to a full course to play a real round. 2 pars and nothing over a double-bogey on the short course; I’d assume you’re better than a great majority of the people playing my usual course today. On that note, the thing I wish I did differently when I started out was to play more. I was self-conscious about my game, and I spent time at the range trying to work things out, but I rarely played. I didn’t really improve until I...
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