Actually, he's my step-son. He is 16, started golfing about 2.5 yrs ago, after about 1.5 yrs he made the high school team as a sophmore, but only played a couple matches cause there were too many good seniors, but he held his own. He shoots 85 - 95 on our home course. He has always had a pretty decent attitude given the difficulty of this game, but lately, about the last 6 months or so, his on-course demeanor and attitude have really gone downhill. In the past he would get exasperated at bad shots, but now he just gets totally demoralized and pouts and sulks. Sometimes he will be having a decent round and just one bad hole will put him into the funk. A few weeks ago, he was hitting great and carded a 40 front 9, was rolling along until about 4 holes into the back 9, then he got a 6 on a hard par 3, and the wheels totally came off. He stopped even trying, just trudging up to the ball and half-heartedly swiping at it, not lining up putts, etc. I try to boost him up and tell him he's not really playing that badly, that he needs to fight through it, etc, but nothing seems to work.
This has been happening almost every time out for a while now, and it is really holding up his progress. Plus, he drags my attitude down with him and I usually don't play well, and it is embarassing when we play with others. Just wanted to see if anyone else has had this experience with their kid(s), and if anyone has any advice or feedback. Help!!!