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19 minutes ago, billchao said:

I guess I never really put any thought into it. I have always just accepted it as normal. Did you have a theory or were you just curious what I thought?

More curious than anything.

I've never really suffered big setbacks from not playing much. Everyone's different, and maybe I'm a bit more athletic or something in that sense… but I doubt it accounts for much of the change.

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2 hours ago, iacas said:

I've never really suffered big setbacks from not playing much. Everyone's different, and maybe I'm a bit more athletic or something in that sense… but I doubt it accounts for much of the change.

I don't know for certain that's the issue, but I do know when I don't play for a while I'm more likely to top/chunk the ball on full swings and blade/duff pitches. Hell, I hit the ball off the toe with my driver. Twice. I mean literally the point that is the actual toe of the clubhead.

I'm more likely to play poorly after a long break than well.

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This is of course an opinion but based on my experience - I believe everybody unconsciously develops a peripheral 'frame' within which the swing operates. A dynamic spatial sense if you will. A long break can take it out of calibration for a round or two - not talking a lot but enough to hit a ball or two off the toe. Some folks, like maybe @iacas never lose it. 

As a matter of fact if you like my kool aid flavor (😉) then I have another opinion - Hitting into a net everyday without playing on a course for a couple of months can do the same thing. But it's not a huge mechanical thing. It is usually self adjusting/correcting and will come back. 

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1 hour ago, GolfLug said:

This is of course an opinion but based on my experience - I believe everybody unconsciously develops a peripheral 'frame' within which the swing operates. A dynamic spatial sense if you will. A long break can take it out of calibration for a round or two - not talking a lot but enough to hit a ball or two off the toe. Some folks, like maybe @iacas never lose it.

I don't know anything about a dynamic spatial sense... all I know is out of my typical scoring range, my first couple of rounds after a long break tend to be on the higher end rather than the lower end.

As I have improved over the years I have found that certain things stick. I hit some really good shots yesterday, too - made four straight pars around the turn. Just not enough good stuff to outweigh the bad stuff. A little regression always happens for me.

1 hour ago, GolfLug said:

As a matter of fact if you like my kool aid flavor (😉) then I have another opinion - Hitting into a net everyday without playing on a course for a couple of months can do the same thing. But it's not a huge mechanical thing. It is usually self adjusting/correcting and will come back. 

Hitting into a net will still help you maintain or groove your swing, even if it doesn't necessarily help you score well. If I spend all my time hitting into a net, I'll at least have a good feel for hitting the ball even if my short game and putting aren't going to be on point.

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Hit some balls today. Wasn't working on anything in particular, just focused on good (not thinned, toed, etc.) contact. Mixed results. Decided to do the old gate drill with some twigs I happened to have laying around and was hitting the ball well every time. Odd. I didn't change any feels or anything. It was just hit ball, try not to hit sticks.

Anyway, videos:

 

It wasn't nearly nice enough outside to practice with no jacket. I took it off for the camera like a pro ;-)

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