recall learning a putt stroke by using tees to create an "alley" for your putter to follow. Putt to tees instead of a hole because you can move the "hole" (tee) further away to practice different length putts.
Like many it started with my Dad bringing me along to his golf outings. It was a rare occurence - maybe 1 or 2 times a summer.
What really got me into golf was caddying - a local private course hired local boys (14-18) for a summer of caddying. I did it for 2 years.
The other big influence on my golfing was being a junior member at a local course. After the first year, I was able to work at the course for playing priviledges. Cart boy, range ball picker, short-order...
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I grew up on the Cape but left in the 80's. Over the years I have been back to visit family and play golf at a variety of courses. There are a lot of muni that you can choose from.
I would try:
Blue Rock (a par 3 course)
Twin Brooks (another 3 par course).
I probably have this backwards but I feel that when I "pull" the ball [which travels straight but left of the target] it my hips/lower body that is ahead of my arms. It happens when my weight transfer begins (more than normal) before the downward swing.
Mulligans are cheating if you only count the better of the two (or more) shots.
One way to break the habit is allow yourself to hit additional balls to "prove to yourself" that you can make that shot. Just don't count them.
Also use common sense about when to hit/play an extra ball. Multi-ball practice rounds are great ways to maximize you playing.
From personal experience, I would say it's more likely to have a 20+ handicapper hit longer drives than a single digit handicapper.
In my teens & 20's, I would jump out of my shoes hitting the ball far...albeit all over the course, Eventally I gave up my Driver for a 3 wood for better control with acceptable distance lost.
Even Tiger gave up average distance driving for better control