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