I love golf - I have been playing one year. I live in Belgium - so membership and handicap rules work a little different over here.
You have to take a Golf rules exam. Then you have to become a member of the Par 3 course and obtain a local handicap of less than 18. Once you have achieved this, you have to take a technical test - ball hitting on range, chipping and putting. If you pass this, you become a temporary member of the main course and then you have one more test to score stableford points on 3 holes ( a par 3, 4 and 5) - if you score 4 points or more you are given a "club" hcp of 45 - then you can play club tournaments. Once you have got your cllub hcp to below 36 - this becomes your officially recognised hcp hence forth.
CRAZY I know - but actually not the reason I am writing. Just wanted to give some background!
Ok - I started about 1 year ago - I am quite sporty and have good hand eye coordination - 27 years old. I took 2 lessons to understand the grip, stance, swing and basics and everything went well - within 1 month I had a HCP of 1 for Par 3 courses. Within 6 months I was playing between -2 and -6 for my local and 2over and -1 for other par 3 courses.
If i played on the main course - also non local courses - I would be between 8 and 16 over. Although I only played on a big course about 5 times.
Problem - 3 months ago, I went from being able to hit a round on the Par 3 in -6 (best) to hitting it in about 60 over!!!!
Reason - SLICE - I hit every ball like this - thousands of balls at the range - not a single one straight or in the air, just a slice to the right.
I watched pro's - watched videos of myself back when I was playing off 1. I couldn't see a difference.
I took more lessons - 3 different pro's and none could figure out what the problem was :( they all said a different thing without proof or fact - Club open / Club closed / hands...
STRANGE FACT - one day, without warning, actually 2 weeks ago - I was able to hit straight again, went to the Par 3 and played 4 over Par on 18. Played on the main course and hit 5 Over for 9 holes.
Only ONE DAY!! the next day - the slice is back.
SECOND STRANGE FACT - I only slice the ball when I am static. I can drop a ball, not line up, not measure or take a stance. Take one step away from the ball and then "kinda like happy gilmore" take a dynamic step forward, swing and I hit the ball perfect every time.
This is the thing that is really confusing my local PGA pro's. They say it is impossible :(
I hope someone here can help me because I am not happy playing golf anymore - even though I dream about it every night.
My apologies for writing quite so much!!
(My club HCP is still 3 as I haven't played in qualifying events since)