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


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I actually took about a year off when I got out of the golf business. I was burned out and was just plain sick of playing. I took up fishing. Looking back on it, it was probably the best thing I could have done. You may not need that long.

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I took off nearly six months last year due to my daughter's hectic basketball schedule. Didn't affect my game much at all. I wouldn't say it was a good thing or a bad thing, it was just what happened. I didn't feel refreshed when I started playing again, nor did I really miss it that much. 

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I have 2 (sporting) passions - golf and fly fishing.  I have been fly fishing since I was 21 and did not take golf seriously until age 40.  I split my time and was heavy into golf during the warm months but never was better than a middle teens handicap.  I am a much more accomplished fly fisherman than golfer and when I hit the point about 8 years ago that I was an embarrassment on the course I gave it up for a full year and enjoyed my other passion.  I got bit by the bug playing a NJ course that has a trout stream along side it stopping to watch a few golfers play.  I went back to the range not expecting much but I hit the ball better than I had in a few years and reversed the amount of effort put into my two passions.  I play more golf now than fly fishing for trout and of my seven official rounds this season five of them were in he mid-high 80's - OK for this 66 year old.  Lessons learned?  I needed a break from the self inflicted pressure of playing decent golf and it is always good to have multiple passions in your life.  

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10 hours ago, Aguirre said:

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

yep, Minnesota here.  I take October through March off every year.  Many times, April as well.  

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On 9/24/2018 at 1:33 AM, Aguirre said:

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

Up here (upstate New York) we are seasonal and stop for a few months to as many as 6 months a year. I don't like the long break, but the break in general does me good and I really enjoy the start of the season and my game early on isn't nearly as bad as I would expect. Breaks are good for me, helps to get perspective and when I return I enjoy it more.

Good luck. I suspect we all experience the need to break from it from time to time. 

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