Stuck in a bad rut lately. I've been playing seriously for about 2.5 years and have been progressing I think at a reasonable pace from probably shooting 120+ in 2012 to breaking 100 in 2013 and, earlier this year, breaking 90. Pretty much playing golf whenever I'm able, taking periodic lessons, reading about the game, etc. etc. Standard OCD approach to a new challenge...
Anyway, I've been in a pretty bad way for about the last month; almost completely unable to hit the driver and struggling with enjoying myself on the course. Frustration on the tee bleeding into the rest of my game and generally just in a funk. I think I just need a little mental/physical break from the game to clear some swing thoughts and come back to it fresh.
I've read many posts advising people in the same position to take a break. Question for the group is how long have you found you needed to be away to get refreshed? I feel like I need to force myself to take at least a full week off without so much as touching a club and then maybe come back with some range and practice time for a bit before getting out and actually playing a round. I feel right now like I"m just trying too hard on every shot and trying to will myself to get better faster and - of course- the golf god's won't tolerate that kind of behavior.
Curious to hear others' experiences with taking a step back in order to start going forward again.