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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mjacobs View Post
    Agree with just step up and hit it. I'd focus on slowing down your backswing too... Lots of times you can be inconsistent if you get going too quickly. It's all about tempo.
    Slowing down the downswing can be just as important. For the past few years, my backswing was plenty slow enough, but I would try to explode through the ball on the downswing. That led to a lot of poorly-hit shots because I was over-swinging. Recently, I've slowed down my downswing (at least at the beginning of it) and I'm hitting the ball better than I have in years, maybe ever.

    I'm a guy who would like to get serious about my golf game, but I can't afford to play often enough right now to make that a reality. I do plan on picking up a few training aids so that I can work out some of my issues without going to the course 2-3 times a week, though. Impact bags look like a very good tool for developing proper form at the point of impact.


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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikedp View Post
    This is totally true and works, cart golf is: Hit, jump in cart and drink and talk till next shot, vs. walking you think about shot as you approach and walk past yardage markers to understand club needs. I say walking is worth 5 strokes to me, especially up close around green.
    I think this would depend on the person. Some people tend to over analyze previous and upcoming shots which lead to a lot of mishit balls.

    At this point it is worth the OP trying to walk 9, but I would almost suggest hitting a bucket at 70 to 80% swing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedp View Post
    This is totally true and works, cart golf is: Hit, jump in cart and drink and talk till next shot, vs. walking you think about shot as you approach and walk past yardage markers to understand club needs. I say walking is worth 5 strokes to me, especially up close around green.
    This really depends on the person. I definitely shoot better while using a cart than I do when I walk the course. This is mostly due to the fact that I'm not in good shape, so walking adds a level of fatigue to the round that can only hurt my score (and often does).

    And even though you have less time, I don't have an issue with thinking about my next shot/approach while in a cart. If anything, I'm more likely to get distracted by something if I'm taking more time to get to my ball than if I just get there as quickly as possible.


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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Another thing I do when my drives are a problem- no practice swings. I just stand behind the ball, envision the shot and then walk up and hit it.



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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycurtis View Post
    I am not sure what happened in the last year and a half but my golf game has gone from respectable to total garbage. I am so ****** right now I can't even hit the ball and friends and beer don't help. I have to play in a tourney this weekend that I won a couple years back and right now my game looks like I just started playing. Embarrassing. I used to play this game as much as I could and right now I can't get away from it. I feel like tin cup when he goes to the practice range at the us open. Any suggestions?
    So what 9 hole scramble did you win?


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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    That's tough. Keep a positive attitude, it is probably a very simple fix. Get Hank Haneys essentials of the golf swing, watch/read and go to the range. Start with your grip, have someone video your backwsing. Try to have fun. It's not about the score.

    Practice your chipping, pitching and putting. You may not hit a lot of greens and will be able to build confidence and have fun by getting up and down. Start at 100 yards and work your way in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Another thing I do when my drives are a problem- no practice swings. I just stand behind the ball, envision the shot and then walk up and hit it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    This really depends on the person. I definitely shoot better while using a cart than I do when I walk the course. This is mostly due to the fact that I'm not in good shape, so walking adds a level of fatigue to the round that can only hurt my score (and often does).

    And even though you have less time, I don't have an issue with thinking about my next shot/approach while in a cart. If anything, I'm more likely to get distracted by something if I'm taking more time to get to my ball than if I just get there as quickly as possible.
    Totally true. For some people, walking up to the ball might just give them a bigger window of time to overthink things or get distracted. I just know that for me, walking gives me time to shake off whatever ****** shot I just hit and refocus for the next one. And I like walking the course. Cart golf to me is more of a nuisance. I wish Des Moines offered a public course that was walking only or offered a day/evening for walkers exclusively. I know it's impractical but one can daydream.



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    My problem is the amount of golf in able to play......we had our first baby last summer. About 2 months before the baby ingot down to a 4 handi.....now I'm lucky to get out once a week and I'm facing being a double digit. No time to hit balls after work or play 3-5 times a week....results in golf game struggling, mine is my short game disappeared.



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    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    My problem is the amount of golf in able to play......we had our first baby last summer. About 2 months before the baby ingot down to a 4 handi.....now I'm lucky to get out once a week and I'm facing being a double digit. No time to hit balls after work or play 3-5 times a week....results in golf game struggling, mine is my short game disappeared.
    You're lucky to be playing once a week right now. The first summer after my first kid was born I played twice. Last summer was slightly better; I got out five whole times. This summer I'm on pace for three rounds.



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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    Stop playing golf, it's pretentious and dumb. Probably not the suggestions you were looking for, but internet..you get what you pay for.
    +1

    It's not the OP that sucks, it's golf that sucks.


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    I love golf. Awful at it, but love it. My thing is, it's the only sport that you battle yourself. No one else effects the outcome. (Well, I suppose there's bowling?) It's almost 100 percent mental. And I'm a guy that thinks WAY too much. Before my swing, I always just take a second. I focus and take a big breath to kind of release everything from my brain. Then swing. It works for me, otherwise I'm literally thinking about my swing during my swing and am trying to correct things even if there's nothing wrong.



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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Work on your timing.

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    Re: My golf game sucks!

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrocksmypants View Post
    I love golf. Awful at it, but love it. My thing is, it's the only sport that you battle yourself. No one else effects the outcome. (Well, I suppose there's bowling?) It's almost 100 percent mental. And I'm a guy that thinks WAY too much. Before my swing, I always just take a second. I focus and take a big breath to kind of release everything from my brain. Then swing. It works for me, otherwise I'm literally thinking about my swing during my swing and am trying to correct things even if there's nothing wrong.
    Track and swimming are that way, too. Sure, you're racing/jumping/throwing against other people, but they aren't doing anything that would impede you from performing at your best.


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    Re: My golf game sucks!

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    +1

    It's not the OP that sucks, it's golf that sucks.



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