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Just wondering if I'm alone with this issue. I've always had a mental block with the initial start of the swing and getting everything going. When I'm having a lesson it's all great and flowing really well and the round after is good but it all starts to fall apart soon after and I can't seem to get a consistent feeling going. Anyone else have this or similar issue? It's like all of the lessons are gone when it goes south.

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I think a lot of people experience this situation.   That why it is important to work on one priority piece until you have it down before moving to another.   Your situation is not unique.

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I'd ask yourself if you're getting a band-aid lesson or if you're actually getting something on which you can work.

Band-aid lessons often work "great" while you're there, and then falls apart quickly when you leave and you're forced to hit different clubs with time in between.

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I really like concept of a one piece take away when starting the back swing. For me it gets all the necessary body parts moving (some what) correctly, while getting the club to the top of the swing. Plus, it's not a first move that is hard to learn. There is alot of info on this by googling it. 

Along with the one piece take away, having a good pre-shot routine helps to get that first move back easier to repeat. 

As for the mental side, you just have convince yourself that you are going to pull off that first move back. Having confidence in what you are trying to do, in anything, makes things easier to accomplish.

Perhaps a change of attitude might help. I have played with golfers who's swing controlled them, and not the other way around. They were afraid of their swings. Once they acquired the attitude to " I'm just going to hit the damn ball" they became better golfers. 

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20 minutes ago, Patch said:

Perhaps a change of attitude might help. I have played with golfers who's swing controlled them, and not the other way around. They were afraid of their swings. Once they acquired the attitude to " I'm just going to hit the damn ball" they became better golfers. 

Totally agree. Something that helped me is to practice going through the exact preshot routine and setup every time I address the ball. After awhile, learning to trust on the course that this leads to good shots, the only thought is "Hit it!". I don't think about the swing that gets me there. Hope this helps.

-Marv

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i have a problem with this myself, and it can get pretty bad during a round if i let it. i still suck and i think about the shots too much and look up at my target and back down and wiggle, yada yada. one thing that i found to help me recently is to have a "key" to start my swing. something simple to let you know its time to swing and stop screwing around. for me...i address with no shaft lean like i always have, but when its time to go....i give it a little forward lean and then start the backswing. obviously u can pick your own "key to start" but this has been helping me

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On 7/16/2017 at 8:46 AM, Patch said:

Perhaps a change of attitude might help. I have played with golfers who's swing controlled them, and not the other way around. They were afraid of their swings. Once they acquired the attitude to " I'm just going to hit the damn ball" they became better golfers. 

:beer:. Wow, for me it drives me crazy to the point I have to stop and smell the roses. Kinda  say to myself.  "stop hoping your next tee shot will go where it should and just play the darn game".. Hope has nothing to do with it....... Maybe a bit of prayer...:-D

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Most of the time, starting the swing is sort of an automatic-feeling thing. When you stare at the ball and think "what the hell do I do now", it's a bit scary. 

 

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