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post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by scottcarmichael View Post
 

 

Hmmm...that does sound bad. I guess I was coming at this from more of a consistent action that everyone must deal with on a regular basis. Putting is always tough - no doubt about that - but the situation you described should not happen at every hole. Driving, like putting, is pretty much required at every single hole.

 

You might be surprised how often you get this crappy lie next to a green, especially after you get good enough contact to reach greens in regulation and just enough aiming ability to be a hazard to yourself.  :-P

 

Putting I think is rough until you learn to regulate your swing.  All I mostly think about when I putt now is.. if my backswing is 8 inches, then I should swing 8 inches past the ball.  If it's 4 inches back then it's 4 inches through the ball.  It was awkward at first but I'll tell you what.. swinging 5 inches back and then 10 inches through to power a shot across a large green makes for an accuracy nightmare imo.

post #20 of 24

I have found driver difficult over time.  This year I have been hitting the driver longer and straighter than ever  (on some days).  I agree in the beginning it can be very difficult.  Long and wrong leads to penalty strokes which can be very frustrating.  Most people start with a big slice, no fun.

 

My only advice is to get lessons with video and swing smooth and loose.  My longest drives are not a rip at the ball but smooth and loose.  That is not to say slow but if all you muscles are tensed up ripping at it club head speed is reduced.  At least in my case.

 

It is a journey.  In my case a slow journey.  Thankfully I am relentless or to dumb to quit, probably the latter.  

post #21 of 24

For me its paying for it

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post #23 of 24

driving is the thorn in my side always, i've only been playing 18 months so hopefully it will get better over time

post #24 of 24

It's all hard, just when you think you have a certain part of the game down it smacks you back and you struggle, I think it's important for all beginners to concentrate on driving early in their learning, because if you can drive decent you can go out and play, and playing is the only way to really learn, but I find all parts of golf pretty much equally difficult.

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