About 3-4 months ago I started getting stuck when I swing the club, right at the top of my back. Call it a hitch or a pause, but my swing is not one smooth motion the way it use to be and it should be. Over time the more I try to fight the urge not to do this the more pronounced it becomes.
There is one exception; about two months ago I went out and played like I never had this malady, on a very windy day (the kind of wind in which you are happy to score 8-10 strokes above your norm) and I shot a 79.
I started thinking that this was the end of my plight, but alas it was a mean anomaly.
Until about a month ago if I could slow down my back swing and take away to a certain point and than manage to get myself into a rhythm this problem was manageable. Recently as of the last couple of rounds it has become an absolute pain. The more I fight the urge to pause the worse it gets.
I have tried going to the range and doing mental exercises without a ball, without a club. Amazingly if you ask me to take a practice swing, it is perfect (relatively speaking). Lo and behold I address the golf ball and my tempo, rhythm and smoothness vanish.
I am getting to the point where the game is starting to become mentally exhausting and I am about to go insane.