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wow, i hit 1-200 balls a day and have never done that. i will give it a try. thanks~!

Taylor: I do the same thing man, its always a mental thing. You are spot on about the routine. Maybe thats the key for us.

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Brant17, I wish I could play a round with you. I've been stuck with my current scores forever. I have a mini goal to get under 9 by next summer. 11 to 3 in less than 1 yr. is awesome!

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Thanks man! I no that sounds crazy to drop so fast but it's the honest truth. I was a former D1/pro baseball player so I had natural ability. I just could not figure out how to transfer my driving range success onto the course. I had a bunch of people tell me that I strike the ball similar to a pro golfer on the range but on the course I would hit hooks, fades, fat shots, thin shots, and everything in between. It got so frustrating that I almost quit the game. One day I had a friend of mine tell me to go out and play 18 today and approach the game with ease. He said dont think about your swing, dont hit range balls just play. I went out that day with intentions to swing much easier than normal and play easy golf. Ever since then I have been a very good player. My moto now is " Im just going to go out and punch it around the course" And thats what I do. I never try and muscle up on a shot, and never try to do anything that is not within my ability. I just try and play the game very easy and stay within myself. Try that...It may work for you.

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Alongside the other tips that the other guys gave, I think you hit one of your problems on the head here. Not only does having a

Other than short-game practice, teaching pros generally talk about two practice range activities: Motion drills/partial shots to groove your ball-striking, and practicing full shots.

Setting up full shots - stand behind each shot, line it up, etc. - helps you make your preshot routine fairly automatic. If you have a lot of disorganized swing thoughts creeping in at setup, you won't have a consistent pre-shot sequence or consistent swings. A couple of weeks ago, I played a local course alone that was "wide open." I decided to have a practice day, and spent about 45 minutes each on two holes that always kill me. I found that if I really focused on my shot, and went through a full pre-swing routine, I hit several good tee shots on each. I also found that 3Ws work best on each; prior to that I hit a lay-up 4i on one and a driver on the other. Basically, you don't want a 90-second bumblefest before you hit. But, you need to take a few seconds to make sure you're lined up, and that you have a normal pre-swing routine. Consistency leads to better swings, better shots, better scores.

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