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Has anyone ever quit for 6 months to a year to "start over?"

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I am thinking about quitting golf for 6 months or more.  I'm hoping that I can "start over again."  I have been playing for 15+ years, I have (2) aces, and lots of rounds in the low 80's on decent courses.  Over the last few years I have taken a fair amount of lessons and practiced using video, etc., and I have gradually gotten worse.  I am constantly changing parts of my swing.  I am now so paralyzed over a golf ball with swing thoughts, etc., it has become too much for me.  I can execute swings changes while at the range, but now on course (mainly off the tee) I have become erratic.  It is no longer fun.  Will stepping away from the game help me?

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I would, and have done it. Not for the same reasons though. It sounds frustrating to you at the moment. Not a big deal, but don’t expect bad habits to magically stop without effort when you pick it up again.

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Oh yeah, I've done it, and in the process of evaluating doing it again. The last time I stepped away from the game, I think I overdid it a little. Ended up 2 years away before a friend said that we needed to play again. Funny thing, I didn't miss it in those 2 years, but going out and starting to practice again, and then playing, and getting bit by the golf bug,

Unfortunately, after coming back to the game, moving to a golf course community, playing almost everyday, my game is starting to suck again. Normally a 10 handicap, I'm trending to a 16 right now, with shooting a 90 today. I've watched YouTube videos, taken lessons from our club Pro, reread my Ben Hogan, and Inner Game of Golf books, and I just keep getting worse. I just need an attitude adjustment time period to set my head straight.

 

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I've taken time off due to injury and/or surgery.  And I will often stay home if shooting the temperature would make for a disappointing outing.  As far as taking time off to clear the cache...I don't think the length of said time matters.  What does matter is whether or not the person who needs a break actually takes one.  Otherwise, despite best intentions, it's right back in the same saddle.

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tj     yes do step away from golf........but not the course. What I mean is play my game for a spell. In the late afternoon 4 or 5 I'll drop 6 or 8 balls on the first tee and do everything in my power to put my practice swing on the ball. It's a mental thing, but if you are not worried about score then it's doable. When done go police up the balls and head to the next tee. Keep an eye open for folks and wave them through,(hunt for lost balls while their passing) I have 9..... 5gal buckets full. It's takes a bit to get your mind out of play, but when you do your awareness is indescribable.  

 

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6 hours ago, tjhowarth said:

will stepping away from the game help me?

It may have helped me. About 6 to 8 years ago I had my daughter film me at the driving range. It was to be a birthday present for me so it was mid June. It took her a couple of weeks to edit and she then gave me a CD will lots of video. I had never seen a video of my swing. I had been playing golf since the age of 16. Had a few 39's over the years, but like you a good round would be low 80's. 

Well I took a brief look at the video and was absolutely horrified by what I saw and I vowed never to play the game again. I had my usual offers to play golf and I would resolutely announce that I had given up the game and had no shame in telling others why. I would say that "I could not believe I was doing that (swing) in public". I suppose that I felt I had a much better swing. Ever hear your recorded voice? That is an eye opener as well or maybe an ear opener. I did not play again that summer and fall even though that is when all of the outings with scramble/shotgun starts happen.

Through the cold Ohio winter and into the wet spring I developed a change of heart. I decided to play again, but I told my self that If I did not break 80 in three years that I would get rid of my clubs and quit the game for good. Well, I broke 80 later that season and have been doing it regularly ever since. My swing is better and I even got a couple of compliments on it recently.

Take some time off.

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I had a wrist injury that kept me out for about 2 months. Not as long as what you are saying but it was refreshing.

I had a mini one this year for about 2 weeks. I felt hurt, and it was obvious to me because overnight my shot shape changed to a bad push slice. Took 2 weeks off until I felt healthy and it cured the slice.

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I was forced to quit for almost 3 years due to injuries. I came back with a much stronger game than expected, but no where close to my original game. Obviously this is not the same thing as the OP's issue. Actually I just recently stopped playing for a while, a few weeks, while continuing to practice daily.

When I had my "A game", there were times I took a needed vacation from golf. Sometimes a week was long enough, other times a couple of months was what worked. 

At no point, did I think of changing any part of swing. I knew I had a good swing, and why try and fix something that wasn't broke.  I had just grown "golf" fatigued, which allowed evil things to invade my swing. 

When I came back off my vacation from golf, although I was a bit rusty, my good swing was still there, and I was a happy golfer again. 

Personally, I think amateur golfers with decent games, screw themselves up with unsupervised swing tinkering on their own. If the golfer has a good swing, with decent scores, they should just go with what they have, and enjoy their game. This, if they are not able to recieve quality, professional swing instruction on a regular, monthly basis. 

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2 hours ago, Carl3 said:

Well I took a brief look at the video and was absolutely horrified by what I saw and I vowed never to play the game again.

Yeah, we’re gonna need to see that video... 😉

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Forced to stop for health reasons for almost 2 decades. The equipment I had at the time was now considered vintage.  In a way it was a great blessing (except for building a new set of weapons).  Because I had to also rebuild all other physical aspects of the game, I think I came back more open in my game.  My recall of the game allowed me to focus well on my stroke without simply repeating the flaws I had in the early 80s.  A sabbatical, forced or not, will be good for anyone's game.

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57 minutes ago, Hardspoon said:

Yeah, we’re gonna need to see that video

Ever see a person get tasered? Now imagine them holding a golf club...

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5 minutes ago, Carl3 said:

Ever see a person get tasered? Now imagine them holding a golf club...

I think that’s just called “Keegan Bradley”.

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7 hours ago, Carl3 said:

Ever see a person get tasered? Now imagine them holding a golf club...

Stop teasing us and post it! 

33 minutes ago, Aguirre said:

I mean, I live in Pittsburgh. So I take damn close to six months off every year.

This is what I was going to say. I feel like I am starting over every year. Last year after I had surgery on Oct 2nd,  I didn't touch a club until April. What a mess. 

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Why not stick to one instructor's advice and spend time at the range with video, training aids or other feedback until your confidence returns? When you play, don't keep score until your swing is ready.

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54 minutes ago, Mr. Desmond said:

Why not stick to one instructor's advice and spend time at the range with video, training aids or other feedback until your confidence returns? When you play, don't keep score until your swing is ready.

Good advice. I've spent more time at the range this year than playing, partly due to rebuilding my swing and partly due to family comitments. I'm starting to understand the swing more and when i play i do just that, i just play a game of golf, no pressure no target score just aim to have fun.

There have been times i've thought about voluntarily quitting/stopping golf for an extended period but just cant do it as im addicted to golf, after a week or so i have to get my fix any way i can :-D

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13 hours ago, Carl3 said:

Ever see a person get tasered? Now imagine them holding a golf club...

Before seeing myself on video for the first time, I never imagined I'd look as awkward as I tend to feel. The motion pictures proved me wrong.

 

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