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weekend golf was so bad i don't want to play anymore!

post #1 of 43
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i got new clubs about a month ago and had been having a time with the long irons and have been hitting a strong fade that really killed my distance.  i couldn't figure it out.  but i went to the range friday night and it dawned on me that i wasn't turning my wrists enough through impact.  as soon as i did that, i was launching my 4i straight and even with a draw.  i hit an entire small bucket with the 4i and hit 40/50 balls 200 yards and right straight on target.  it was the best range session i've ever had.

 

saturday i went out and played the worst round of golf in my life.  mishits, shanks, slices, topping, fat.  pretty much every bad shot in golf i experienced multiple times this weekend.  at some point on the 4th or 5th hole, i kind of gave up.  i would have left but the girlfriend wanted to keep playing.  i think i shot a 59 on the front 9, and usually i'm a low 90s player.  i had also had about 4 mimosas before the round which really screwed up my concentration, though i don't know if that's a legitimate excuse.  honestly though by the 4th hole i just did not want to play anymore.

 

and i haven't wanted to play since.  i'm so frustrated and have no idea what happened and why i melted down like i did after a night of brilliance (for me) at the range.  has anyone ever had this happened?  i guess i need to go back to the range to restore my confidence.  either that or no more brunch and mimosas for me before a round.

post #2 of 43

Playing off mats at the range?

 

Sometimes you just need to clear your head and stop playing golf swing, and start playing golf.  Also, having a "beverage" or two before the round to loosen up works well, but a handful before even setting off is going to give you mixed results.

post #3 of 43

^this and a few other thoughts-

     your expectations might have been too high after the good range session putting more pressure on yourself and leading to frustration after a handful of bad shots.

     you may not have gotten completely comfortable with the change you made at the range...it is very common to hit it well on the range after making a change, but then have a tough time on the course or when you first experience some pressure.

 

Personally, I have never really liked hitting the night before a round...unless I have the chance to play a lot regularly, I don`t really even like going to the range the day before play.  i.e. If I could only play on weekends, I would rather put in a Wednesday or Thursday practice session than one of Friday afternoon.  As moparman said, playing too much golf swing and not enough golf often leads to poor results...by having a day off in between, it gives you a bit more time to go from swinging mode to playing mode.  Of course, if you are able to get to the range everyday, then think swing mechanics earlier in the week and then go to less technical thoughts (like target or shot shape) later in the week.

post #4 of 43

give it a break, stop playing for a week or so. i was playing like sh*t acouple of weeks ago ( i play like sh$t anyways lol) but went out sunday and play one of my best rounds broke 100 (thats a big accomplishment for me) reach GIR on all but a couple of holes but f%$#ing 3 and 4 putted o well it still was good round and an enjoyable. also enjoyed a couple of cold onesc2_beer.gif

post #5 of 43
Give it a break for a week like El Shanko says. But also during that week do not watch golf on youtube. Watch some other tubes but not about golf.
post #6 of 43

I think many of us has quit the game of golf due to a very bad round after great practice or even after a string of great rounds at least once.

 

You are doing the right thing by coming to this forum to get the madness out of your system.

 

I didn't know about this forum when I quit the game so I let my $1100 set of clubs with bag, balls, the works (NEW 2 week old TM R7 driver in the bag at the time) go for less than $200. I took it to a place to consign for me and they gave them away. So I had TWO things to be hoppin' mad about.

 

Guess what? 2 months later, I put a cheap set together and was back on the links. I've fought my way down to a 11.7 handicap. So don't give up, just like they said. Your swing will come back.

 

Video taping my swing and taking a few $45 lessons from a Pro put me on the fast track to recovery.

 

Hang in there!

post #7 of 43

Walk away for a week or so...  You'll wake up one morning and think about playing again.  Then get after it!

 

Some of my best days have come after nearly walking away from the course.  Justy remember the last shot that made you feel great and focus on it.  Positive attitude builds on itself. 

post #8 of 43

I had one of those days but I was playing with my boss and my bosses boss! First tee I hit it fat and the ball went about 10 yards; if was down hill from there. I was playing the Red at Bethpage, NY, which is just behind the Black in difficulty, but still I sliced my drives, hit my irons fat, you name it I did it, bad day. And the day before I had a great session at the range getting ready, go figure. I think nerves got the better of me given the guys I was playing with, they showed no mercy. Oh yeah, we were playing for money!! Lost my hat, shirt and overcoat.

post #9 of 43

I was in this boat today. Yesterday I played 9 holes just practicing. I was playing several balls and not keeping score. I was playing fantastic. Finding fairways sticking the greens on 2nd shot, all the things I don't normally do. Well I went out today expecting to break 100 for my first time and it was a big disaster. I think I lost 6 balls. Its a shame when you lose a ball on an approach shot. I am glad I was playing alone because it was the worst I had played since I started golfing a few months ago. But oh well tomorrow is another day. 

post #10 of 43
I call this the "I got this licked and don't have even think about my swing anymore " effect. You will get over it.
post #11 of 43
You may not have helped yourself working on just one club at the range. A 4 iron may or may not be above your skill level as a 20 (i just put mine back in the bag since hybrids have not been good to me lately) - switch up the clubs a bit on the range.

Just remember at our skill level - what works one week is probably not going to work the next.
post #12 of 43

According the Johnny Miller(isms), you had a wood moment at the range.  Wood = works only one day.  Sounds to me like you're flipping now.

post #13 of 43
Glad I'm not alone, in having and really shoddy round after 3 lessons with a pro, and hitting like a champ at the range, and considering selling my clubs. Sounds like it'll get better for all of us...
post #14 of 43

Most golfers hit the wall in their struggle to become a better player. When you're at the bottom be nice to yourself: For instance:

 

- play a round not counting any strokes at all

- play a round giving yourself 6 Mulligans

- play a round as if you play from handicap 36

 

Other things that can help are:

- buy a new putter, driver, fairwaywood (not all at once)

- play a round with someone who is a lot worse at the game

 

I played this weekend and shot 56 at the front nine. At hole 8 I said to myself: I only have to play the back nine one shot better and made a 44.

post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by tuffluck View Post

i got new clubs about a month ago and had been having a time with the long irons and have been hitting a strong fade that really killed my distance.  i couldn't figure it out.  but i went to the range friday night and it dawned on me that i wasn't turning my wrists enough through impact.  as soon as i did that, i was launching my 4i straight and even with a draw.  i hit an entire small bucket with the 4i and hit 40/50 balls 200 yards and right straight on target.  it was the best range session i've ever had.

 

saturday i went out and played the worst round of golf in my life.  mishits, shanks, slices, topping, fat.  pretty much every bad shot in golf i experienced multiple times this weekend.  at some point on the 4th or 5th hole, i kind of gave up.  i would have left but the girlfriend wanted to keep playing.  i think i shot a 59 on the front 9, and usually i'm a low 90s player.  i had also had about 4 mimosas before the round which really screwed up my concentration, though i don't know if that's a legitimate excuse.  honestly though by the 4th hole i just did not want to play anymore.

 

and i haven't wanted to play since.  i'm so frustrated and have no idea what happened and why i melted down like i did after a night of brilliance (for me) at the range.  has anyone ever had this happened?  i guess i need to go back to the range to restore my confidence.  either that or no more brunch and mimosas for me before a round.

 

Just one brief comment.  If you have to consciously think about turning your wrists to close the clubface, then it's probably your grip that is wrong (or maybe your takeaway, but I'm thinking you need some help with the grip).  If your grip, setup and takeaway is good, bringing the club back more or less square is almost automatic.  If you don't have the right connection to the club, making a usable swing becomes more complex than a contortionist act.  Any competent instructor will always start your first session with the grip, because if your grip is bad, his job is hopeless.

post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by Deetee View Post

Glad I'm not alone, in having and really shoddy round after 3 lessons with a pro, and hitting like a champ at the range, and considering selling my clubs. Sounds like it'll get better for all of us...

I would never sell my clubs. I shot a 105 the other day and im normally mid 90's. We all have bad days. Alot of people get in trouble when they hit a bad shot because their next shot tends to be a "hero" shot instead of getting it back in play and before you know it... you have snow balled into a hacker... happens to me A LOT. Take each shot one at a time and SLOW down. Relax and have fun. Thats why you're there in the first place.

post #17 of 43
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

Just one brief comment.  If you have to consciously think about turning your wrists to close the clubface, then it's probably your grip that is wrong (or maybe your takeaway, but I'm thinking you need some help with the grip).  If your grip, setup and takeaway is good, bringing the club back more or less square is almost automatic.  If you don't have the right connection to the club, making a usable swing becomes more complex than a contortionist act.  Any competent instructor will always start your first session with the grip, because if your grip is bad, his job is hopeless.


i can't really figure it out to be honest.  during this excellent range session, i was thinking of closing the wrists as i swung and i was pulling the ball relatively hard to the left, but the flight was perfectly straight or a slight draw.  the distance was also there and i have a very hard time doing that with my long irons extended 1".  i thought maybe i was swinging outside to in and that was causing the pull, but nothing i have done before the wrists had ever fixed my strong fade.  so maybe it wasn't the wrists but the grip, although i've tried before to shift my grip further to the right, and i still fade. 

 

i probably just need to get lessons.  trying to do this "bubba watson i ain't need no lessons" crap doesn't really work, even if you're content with a 20hcp.

post #18 of 43
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 Take each shot one at a time and SLOW down. Relax and have fun. Thats why you're there in the first place.

Exactly, amen, you hit the nail on the hammer, +1

 

I am learning to do that every time. However, it is not always easy to do for some reason. I always feel rushed. Especially on the first few holes. And when the smoke has cleared my scores are already so bad no chance in printing a decent (for me) score anymore. But last round I promised to take more time, forget all bad shots, concentrate on the shot ahead and keep laughing at your own wicked swing which defies any swing law. It did wonders. Well that's a overstatement but i made a much better score and felt much better connected with the game also.

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