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charliek98

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This is more if a rant than a complaint, but I'm just pissed off at golf right now. I'm 15, at a 12-2 handicap (slowly rising) but have just been playing crappy. This year my club is under renovation so I have no home course. I play at my friends course a lot tho, so I do get out a decent amount. I'd say at least twice a week, I golf at that course with them. I hit balls and chip for 2 hours, play 18 holes, then putt. But I play like garbage. About a month or two ago, u could shoot 85 Daily. Now I struggle breaking 90 on any given day. Today, I played 27 holes. Out of the 21 fairways that I hit a driver to, I hit a whopping 2!! This is ridiculous. I am just garbage off the tee. And theese aren't just first cut of rough misses, they are 20 yard push/pulls into deep trees and rough. My short game is the only reason I shoot somewhat ok. I'm just mad because I put in so much time and work but get so little out of it
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Stop hitting the driver, or change the way you're hitting it. I have the same issue when I try to drive 280 yards.

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I would recommend you take a break, sometimes when you try too hard things get worse. I would recommend that you try to find the fun in the game again instead of being hung-up on each shot. It will come back. Just my two cents.

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Maybe take a step back for a week or so? Even the best golfers in the world can't maintain a consistent high level of play week in, week out - breaks in play are mandatory in order to be successful. Top professionals struggle with their game, identify and improve deficiencies, peak, and win. The cycle then starts over. Look at Phil, Rory, Sergio, and Stenson to name a few. All of whom are currently at some point on the curve of marginal utility. I've carded my best rounds after coming off a break - sometimes the mind just needs a little r & r.
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I do try hitting my 3 wood or hybrid off the tee. Does the same thing as my driver. I'm taking lessons over starting in September so over the winter I will change my swing. Earlier this year. I could hit 80% fairways with each going about 270+. I took a week break in the end of July, came back and shot an 86(was somewhat happy) but then just started shooting about 90 every round. I played at a very nice country club with ny dad in Sunday, shot a 97! I couldn't believe it.
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I do try hitting my 3 wood or hybrid off the tee. Does the same thing as my driver.

Then hit a 5 iron. Whatever you need to keep the ball in the fairway.

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I'm just mad because I put in so much time and work but get so little out of it.

I'm taking lessons over starting in September so over the winter I will change my swing.

Hi charliek98,

Before I retired, I used to coach high school golf, and worked extensively with our junior varsity, so I saw a number of young players in a similar situation as you.

I agree with the posts that say to take a little time away from the game, but I know that won't last very long if golf is a passion with you.  I also think that taking lessons this fall is an excellent way to improve your game. My suggestion here is to get a teacher with proven results. In other words, see who some of the students of this teacher are. If they are successful high school golfers, you are probably in the right place.  My daughter was a very successful high school golfer, and I had her take lessons from some of the assistant professionals at a local golf club. She was set up with swing fundamentals that are still prevalent more than 10 years later.

Don't get mad, just try a few different practice routines that may get you out of your malaise.  Here is one thing I did every year with the junior varsity team that might help, and the players loved. When you go out to play, whether it is alone or with friends, only take one club, a few balls, and a putter.  Most of our team would take a 5, 6 or 7 iron.  Now, don't try to overswing off of the tee, but just play your normal shots until you get closer to the green, because here is where the fun starts. When you are inside 150 yards you will have to hit half shots, bump and runs, or other inventive ways to put the ball on the green. Once you are on the green, use your putter.  The results of our team were usually anywhere from 40-47.  What was fun is that one day a player would shoot a 43 using one club and a putter, and then the next day they would shoot 46 in a match using all of their clubs.

Anyway, best wishes on your journey to a better game.

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This is more if a rant than a complaint, but I'm just pissed off at golf right now. I'm 15, at a 12-2 handicap (slowly rising) but have just been playing crappy. This year my club is under renovation so I have no home course. I play at my friends course a lot tho, so I do get out a decent amount. I'd say at least twice a week, I golf at that course with them. I hit balls and chip for 2 hours, play 18 holes, then putt. But I play like garbage. About a month or two ago, u could shoot 85 Daily. Now I struggle breaking 90 on any given day. Today, I played 27 holes. Out of the 21 fairways that I hit a driver to, I hit a whopping 2!! This is ridiculous. I am just garbage off the tee. And theese aren't just first cut of rough misses, they are 20 yard push/pulls into deep trees and rough. My short game is the only reason I shoot somewhat ok. I'm just mad because I put in so much time and work but get so little out of it

Just my opinion but if off the box is your issue and you have a two way miss you need more range time. You need to make sure your grip is correct and consistent and your clubface is set up the same every time. Then choose what ball flight you want and how to achieve it and groove the swing. It will basically eliminate half the course off the box and make misses still playable. Good news is you're young and have plenty of time to figure it out.

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Thank you all for the replies! Not gonna lie I've considered hitting a 4 iorn off the tee. To be honest it would be the smartest thing right now, but I not sure why I just feel uncomfortable doing so. Also, going up there with my friends and then me hitting an iorn is a little embarrassing! Dfreuter, thanks for the reply and encouragement! I truly love the game( I quit playing AAA baseball for golf) and I really care about golf. My club is closed due to renovation this year, and next year it is supposed to be the number 1 course in the state! I'm hoping this winter I can improve and go into next year starting fresh and strong! The coach is the high school golf coach, and two of the people he teaches were captins of varsity golf, and led the team to a state championship last year! So the results are there. What the plan this winter is- 1 hour and a half lesson a on a moniter and at least 2 hours of open practice in a moniter room. I had an evaluation there a week or two ago and he told me how we would change my swing and get me to my goals by the golf season! As for the game, I have done a similar game at a local par 30 course. Pick 2 iorns and a putter. Obviously it's easier at that course than a 6600 yd course, but it was fun! To "whatwouldtigerdo", up until very recently, my problem was pushing the ball. Nine out of ten times I would push slice it. Now, I try to over correct and not go right so I go left. If I go back to my old swing, I will be right most of the time. It's tough for me to get range time because my course is shut down so no range. I mostly only have the chance to hit balls before and after a round. I golf with my dad a lot which is very helpful because he is a great golfer (4 handicap) he gives me tips and things to work on. All in all, I think I just overthink things too much!!
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Take a lesson mate, at 15 and hitting 85-90 it shows you have talent. One lesson with a pro can cure you're slice, it's most likely grip issues or basic setup problems. A pro will identify this in a second.
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Dude, you're 15!!! Your body is probably going through growing pains, which will effect your swing you're probably getting even more distracted by girls. theres so much changing for you right now...why do you care about something so trivial? By the sounds of it you don't plan on trying to turn pro (smart decision) I only say that cause I didn't read anything about you having a coach. you practice but might be practicing wrong things. Take a couple weeks off from golf, don't think about whats giving you problems in your game and when you're ready to go back and play just have fun. If you want to really step up your game ask your parents to get you lessons.

why would you feel embarrassed about using an iron off the tee? you played AAA ball you had a couch, you guys had hitters that bunt in order to advance runners you guys had a game plan! now you quit that and think you can teach yourself golf??? And hitting an Iron off the tee is called course management, nothing to be embarrassed about that. besides wouldn't you rather be hitting your second shot from the fairway then 3 from the tee cause you went ob or dropping cause you left yourself an unplayable lie.

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Thanks again for the replies. Just kinda a side note, I didn't just quit baseball and teach my self golf, I've been golfing for four years and decided that trying to accel at both sports was too much, and golf is something I wanted to pursue more. I've taken lessons in the past and my dad gives me pointers that help. The issue with my slice from what I've been told and seen on video is a combination if two things. Poor swing path ( coming back too far inside and coming down outside) and grip(too strong). After a few lessons I hope to have a solid rutine which I can practice developing a straighter ball flight with my driver and woods! Thanks brown coast for that baseball analogy, it actually helped me realize the relevance! And I get how trivial it is, but it's just frustrating bucause I'm trying so hard to fix it!
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Golf is a game of 2 steps forward , one step back. We all hit plateaus or go through periods where we struggle. I used to think it wouldn't happen once I got better ....but now I think it never goes away... You get overall better and your bad days are better than they used to be(at least in terms of score) ...but it's still a game of ups and downs. Pros go through extended periods of bad( for them) golf.
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Agree 100%

x2!!  relax brother!

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As many have said, take a break for a couple of weeks. Sounds like you are overanalyzing to the point where it's disrupting your swing rhythm.

If I just can't seem to "get it right," a few days off will clear my head and let me swing more naturally again.

If I take a break, I'll come back several days later and hit some balls. Often, I figure out in 15 minutes what I was doing wrong. But, I couldn't see it until my mind cleared up and rested a little. It's like rebooting your computer when things start to lock up and go haywire.

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Take 2 weeks off then quit! Seriously I'm in the same boat. I was consistently shooting in the mid 80's and now I'm shooting in the high 90's. The only part of my game still in tact is my putting.
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