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    Posted: 21 August 2006 at 10:32am
 I was excited, I finally found a simplified method to eliminate swing thoughts. I hit some nice shots, had a problem with dead pulls and came back to read ABT and feel the stretch on the right. I went out Saturday, Sunday, could not do anything. Had no feel over what I was doing. Pulls, slices, shanks, duffs you name it I did it. The best drive I hit was when I finally had enough and almost happy gilmored it roping a draw right down the pipe and long. This just told me that I have no idea how to be consistent at this game. Just when i have a couple of decent rounds I revert back to playing like I never held a club. When you are on the course thinking am I even going to make decent contact vs where you are going to hit it it is not fun at least for me yet i don't know what to do about it or why I can go from hitting the ball crisp all day to blah. Not too mention it puts me in a bad mood the rest of the day. I am still down today from yesterday's debacle.
  Golf has cost me alot of money with very few rounds worth the return on my investment and it's a shame because there is nothing better when you are hitting the ball well. I took a couple of years off because of these head games and after just recently purchasing a brand new driver and cleveland wedge a couple of weeks ago I am at that point of packing it in for good.
  Now I have a year long membership to the local club, some new sticks and my desire to go play is 0. This after playing 3-4 times a week for a couple of months and loving it. I give up, this game has kicked my ass finally for good.
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Hi champs,

We've all been there and done that. Such is the nature of the game. In that regard, the game of golf is much like life itself and that is why it is the greatest game of all. It teaches life lessons.

The only advice that I could give you is to take a small vacation from the game and let your mind clear of swing thoughts. Then start back up with the attitude that it is nothing more than a game and when you practice or play do so with the goal to have fun regardless of the outcome of the practice session or round. Get involved with group of golfers in your club that you can have fun with and enjoy being around. I do this with my Old Farts league at my club. We are a group of senior golfers of all abilities and all levels of handicaps that just enjoy playing golf. Our oldest member is 90 years young and plays to a 12.  We play during the Spring and Fall on every Sunday and these Sunday matches are affectuntly known as the Sunday Morning Bloodbaths. We usually have a few bucks bet on the outcome of our matches. Nothing expensive, just mainly for a few beers after the round. There is much kidding and gentle harrasment and good natured comraderie. Most of the time, there is no way in hell that anyone could get serious enough to get angry or play at their best due to nonsense that is taking place. Often, we have other non-senior member's join our group due simply to the fact that it is fun golf and not cutthrot golf as tends to be in the Men's league. We even have a young lady that plays regularly in our Bloodbaths due to her work scedule.

So, champs, hang in there my friend and don't give up on the game. Read the other post in this forum on "when everthing goes wrong". Golf is the one game that you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

Warmest regards,
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Originally posted by champsxfive champsxfive wrote:

 I was excited, I finally found a simplified method to eliminate swing thoughts. I hit some nice shots, had a problem with dead pulls and came back to read ABT and feel the stretch on the right. I went out Saturday, Sunday, could not do anything. Had no feel over what I was doing. Pulls, slices, shanks, duffs you name it I did it. The best drive I hit was when I finally had enough and almost happy gilmored it roping a draw right down the pipe and long. This just told me that I have no idea how to be consistent at this game. Just when i have a couple of decent rounds I revert back to playing like I never held a club. When you are on the course thinking am I even going to make decent contact vs where you are going to hit it it is not fun at least for me yet i don't know what to do about it or why I can go from hitting the ball crisp all day to blah. Not too mention it puts me in a bad mood the rest of the day. I am still down today from yesterday's debacle.
  Golf has cost me alot of money with very few rounds worth the return on my investment and it's a shame because there is nothing better when you are hitting the ball well. I took a couple of years off because of these head games and after just recently purchasing a brand new driver and cleveland wedge a couple of weeks ago I am at that point of packing it in for good.
  Now I have a year long membership to the local club, some new sticks and my desire to go play is 0. This after playing 3-4 times a week for a couple of months and loving it. I give up, this game has kicked my ass finally for good.
 
Champ,
   One of the good parts of this game is that what one takes from it is "user defined."  Can you write down what it is you want from the game?  Aside from the ambition of playing like Tiger, it helps to have "takeaways" that aren't dictated by such vagaries as one member relayed today about hitting a perfect shot and watching the "Carts Exit Here" sign knock it out-of-bounds.  If you can take something away from the course, be it the exposure outside and the observation of nature, the companionship of your playing partners, or some satisfaction from something that's been worked on and it went better this time.  None of it any more tangible than any other golf achievement...yet much of it is more dependable than scoring. 
 
  Lest you think I'm being a wise(acre): I came home from the course a year ago in the bluest funk I've ever been in.  My wife was playing great at the time.  She throws the pad and pen on the table in front of me.  "Write down what you want from the game."  Sounds easy... it wasn't.  I struggled with that for a few days.  But, it was worth the effort.  It helps keep the feet on the ground. 
 
   But, the website is all about playing better and subsequently scoring better.  The learning process is a (w)itch for adults.  I've studied enough models of it to know that learning a new skill involves plenty of fits and starts.  There are periods of brilliance without cognizance, followed by periods of ineptitude.  One "Maze Model" suggests that at times it seems one is going backwards while actually progressing.  But, most of them have a period of time called "The Dark Night of the Soul."  It may be melodramatic in name, but it's the feeling you've described in your post: Totally lost; You've committed and invested in a learning strategy that appears to have failed; You're in the tunnel, there's not only no light at the forward end, there's no light period.  Like most things in the learning process and in golf, it's a period...a phase.  It'll pass if you plug on.  In fact, the models say that it's the last of the big tests before "mastery." 
 
  You may be on the verge of "breaking through."
 
  It's a thought. 
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What Ray said or, you could just suck it up and play through it like I am having to do at the moment.  I have been playing quite poorly of late (Ray has even seen it ) but today noticed that I was not setting up to the ball quite like I had been when I was playing very well earlier this summer.  I made the minor adjustment needed (for me it was that my hands had gotten too high at address) and the ball starting flying like I am used to seeing  it fly.   Check your set up, posture, alignment, etc.  For anyone who starts hitting it sideways after learning this swing, it will most likely be in the fundamentals and not the swing itself.

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That was very good, Ray.  What Champs needs to realize is that players of all levels of ability, even tour pros, go in and out of "The Dark Night of the Soul" fairly often during their relationship with the game.   Some give it up, others keep trying.  Good golf comes and goes, seemingly with little apparent reason and often when you least expect it.  All you can do is accept it as part of the game.  Or quit playing.  If you keep after it, it will reward you.  Then, just when you think you've got it, it will desert you again.  A fatalistic sense of humor helps one to endure through the bad times.  There's a standing joke among the guys I play with.  if someone has a really bad round, and he's emptying his wallet in the grill room to settle up his bets, he'll clamp his wrists together as if to stop the bleeding, and say, "What time tomorrow?".  It speaks of eternal hope, which is what you have to have to play this blasted game.
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 I agree wholeheartedly with what's been said above. Even Tiger has been through "slumps". Of course, with him, he can still win with his B game or sometimes his C game.
  What you are going to find, in the long run, is that the longer you play and the better you get; the better your bad rounds get. Think of golf as a bunch of plateaus. The problem with these plateaus is that they are all slanted uphill. You will find that you slip back to the bottom of one before you can jump up to the next one.
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 Wow, thanks for all the great advice. I had a couple of days to cool down and I am taking a break for a week. Very interesting read Ray. I was just venting and very frustrated. I don't mind not scoring well but to go from having an eagle putt on a par 5, etc. to shanking a pitching wedge off the tee like i never played before is so maddening.
 I am going to do the pad and pen exercise and try to find a fun group at the club. I have not really joined up with anyone yet as I have only been a member a couple of months so maybe a fun non cutthroat group will be the medicine. Thanks for not ignoring my whining and getting me out of my funk. Great board and people.
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Originally posted by One Planer One Planer wrote:

There's a standing joke among the guys I play with.  if someone has a really bad round, and he's emptying his wallet in the grill room to settle up his bets, he'll clamp his wrists together as if to stop the bleeding, and say, "What time tomorrow?".  It speaks of eternal hope, which is what you have to have to play this blasted game.
 
What an absolutely wonderful group of guys to play with. I wish Greg, Ray and some of you other guys lived closer...
 
 
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Originally posted by Bob34 Bob34 wrote:

Originally posted by One Planer One Planer wrote:

There's a standing joke among the guys I play with.  if someone has a really bad round, and he's emptying his wallet in the grill room to settle up his bets, he'll clamp his wrists together as if to stop the bleeding, and say, "What time tomorrow?".  It speaks of eternal hope, which is what you have to have to play this blasted game.
 
What an absolutely wonderful group of guys to play with. I wish Greg, Ray and some of you other guys lived closer...
 
 


I've been playing for a lot of years, and I've always found that,  with few exceptions, golfers are some of the best people you'll ever meet.  The game teaches good lessons. 

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