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  1. I'm with ya on this one, downbylaw11. I'm very new to this game, and I'm amazed at how much of it is mental. My approach has been to gather all the information I can, experiment, and just find what works for me and my golf goals. There will always be people who tell you you're doing something wrong. Sometimes they're right, and sometimes they're not. There really is no universal right and wrong, there is only what works for you. Take the advice that feels right to you, and disregard the rest. It's advice that was given to me long ago (on an entirely different subject) and is universally applicable. I would never post a video of my swing unless I was looking for help to try and find a fault that I was not able to figure out. As you pointed out, you're looking to solve a mental issue. Stick to that.
  2. Hit a large bucket this morning at the range. (Off the grass) I've only been about 50% constant getting good strikes, and I've always been more of a picker, never taking more than a trim off the grass. When I miss, it's usually thin, topping the ball, or hitting slightly below its equator. I tried the trick of focusing on a spot 1 inch ahead of the ball, instead of on the ball itself, and I immediately went to hitting solid, well-controlled, average distance shots (with about 80% power) at least 90% of the time, and with every club in my bag! I'm here to tell you, that trick really works!
  3. I never think about hitting the ball. I am always thinking about my swing. I literally run through a checklist just before my swing, reminding myself of key elements of my swing that I often screw up. At the end of the checklist, I state how much power I'm going to apply as a percentage of maximum, and then I take my swing. If I think about hitting the ball, I'll surely screw it up. Most importantly, I do things exactly the same, whether I'm at home hitting foam balls into a net, on the range, or on the course. It calms me down and keeps me focused. Sure enough, every time I fail to do this, my strike sucks and so does my shot.
  4. Range-->Course

    I usually play in the morning, before it gets hot. Of course, everything is still pretty wet. Today, I went in the mid afternoon, even though the temps were in the 90s. I figured the afternoon breeze would make it comfortable, and I was right. Surprisingly, I played my best round yet, shaving 6 strokes off my average score and scored 2 strokes lower than my best score ever. And I didn't even hit any warmup balls. Just paid my money, stretched a bit, and went to work. Everything was nice and dry as well, and I had the whole course to myself. Shot par on the first two holes, then bogey'd the rest. Even had 4 G.I.R.s. I also took a ten minute break after every third hole, but I don't think that was what made the difference. I think I'm more awake, and my body is more warmed up in the mid afternoon. I'm sticking to playing in the afternoons from now on!
  5. Golf wrist pain

    I write for a living, so I have to spend hours per day at a keyboard. (A very ergonomic one, I might add.) I'm also playing a 9-hole par 3 every other morning. When I switched from hitting foam balls to hitting real ones into my net at home, my hands began to hurt within a few days. (I hit at least 100+ balls a day, in batches of 20 each session.) Ice and a couple days rest fixed it, and I stopped hitting real balls at home. Because I cannot afford downtime from writing, I have chosen to be a picker rather than a digger, in order to decrease the likelihood of stressing my hands/wrists. The decision will likely decrease my chances of playing to my potential, but I'm okay with that, as the reason I started playing was to get more exercise doing something that I enjoy and can likely do for the rest of my life. (Ice hockey is rough on an old man's body.)
  6. Range-->Course

    I'm having a similar experience on a fairly regular basis. I just started playing a couple months ago, and am restricting myself to the 9-hole par 3 course nearby. (Which I'm playing at least 4 times per week.) I generally play well for the first 6 holes, shooting mostly 3s and 4s, but then I start to fall apart around the 7th hole, shooting 5s, 6s, and 7s. I know it's not the holes, because I have shot well on each of them at least once before. (Just not all in the same round!) I'm properly fueled and hydrated, and I don't really feel fatigued. (Although it is usually in the 90s by then.) My brother suggested that I switch to Gatorade, which I'll try, but I have my doubts. I honestly wish I could play the course backwards a couple times, just to see if it's fatigue or just a mental issue. I'm surprised at how much of a mental game golf really is.
  7. Are you a picker or a digger

    I can't help but wonder if the idea of taking a divot is so commonly taught because it is easier than developing an effective swing that just brushes the ground. Of course, I'm new to this, and am likely full of hooey.
  8. Are you a picker or a digger

    I just started playing again about a month ago, after a 20 yr absence. (And I wasn't very good back then, and only played occasionally.) I've been playing our local par 3 course 3-4 times per week the last month, and have gotten my swing down pretty well and usually have pretty good ball control. But I am definitely a picker, and have no interest in becoming a digger. I just don't care for the feeling of striking the ground deep enough to pull up Earth. My goal is always to do nothing more than take out a few tall blades of grass. I have read all the arguments that support digging, and I just don't care for it. And I'm just trying to have fun and get regular exercise, so as long as I have decent distance and control, I'm okay with being a picker.

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