Originally Posted by RayG
With 40 years+ of playing, not playing for a couple of months is not an issue. I can head to Florida after not playing and after a quick range session, I usually shoot BETTER than normal. Only because I'm not expecting anything after a layoff. By the third or fourth round I'm back to normal (low-mid 80's) because my old habits fall back in line.
As for not getting better after playing more, and being in a "golf groove" while on vacation for example, that groove may not be the "right" groove. Any mistakes you make are repeated over and over because you're more focused on playing GOLF, and not PLAYING golf. Something is causing those blowups, whether it's bad drives, approach shots, going for the miracle shot from trouble when a chip back would be a better choice. Trick is to find what they are and work on those at the range when you can, don't work on it while playing unless it's a test round for those issues without keeping score. At least writing it down anyway. You'll have a feeling about how you're playing.
If you are a scorecard watcher, STOP. write it down and move on. Don't tally as you go and think "hey, a par and 2 bogeys and I can break 90". KISS OF DEATH! While playing a testy little Pocono area track, we were on the 14th hole or so, and my buddy was poking around the scorecard seeing what he needed to break 100 (yeah, I know) and said to me: "Hey, Ray- you're killing today, one over!..." I nearly swacked him across the head with the 3 wood in my hand. "DON'T DO THAT". I bogeyed the next hole and boy, did he get "the look". Fortunately, I recovered with a bird and two pars to stay at 1 over. I was able to recover but he wasn't. He figured he only had to bogey in to break 100... he didn't even come close.
In that case I am probably the worst score card watcher. I dont even put down total number of strokes per hole, I just put "-" for par, +1, +2 etc. So I know exactly how many strokes over par I am at every moment. Guess that is a bad idea?
My blow ups are never miracle shots, I am actually a very conservative player (always chip back, will lay up on really long par 4s, etc) - I just lose a lot of strokes because of
A) terrible slice with both the driver and woods. Sometimes I can go 3-4 driver/wood tee shots in the fairway then all the sudden, I slice one way out of bounds and im hitting 3 from the tee.
B) I have this terrible habit of following up a bad shot with another bad shot or worse shot. Its not nerves either, I dont get angry after a few bad shots. I think its more once I hit a bad shot those same bad mechanics almost always show up on the consecutive 2-3 swings.
C) I am terrible from the sand, if I hit one in the sand it pretty much is always going to take me 2-3 shots to even get out and then when im out, I usually blasted it over the green or barely got it out onto the fringe. I have spent hours and hours and hours getting lessons with pros and practicing my sand game and still no improvement. There might be spurts where I do really well practicing it. But once im faced with the shot on the course, I almost never execute it.
I just dont understand how I can, on any given day, go something like: par, par, par, birdie, +5, +4,, +5...I do it all the time - my score cards look unreal.