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Breaking out of a funk?

Posted on 6/10/24 at 9:46 am
Posted by Stuttgart Tiger
Branson, MO
Member since Jan 2006
14743 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 9:46 am
What do ya'll do when you see your swing take a sudden downturn?

Last month, I played in two scramble tournaments and was really doing well. One tournament was with a fellow employee and he and I have played together in industry/customer tournaments for the past 15 years. He knows my game and I was playing lights out that day.

Last week...the swing disappeared. What do you do to get yourself out of a mid-season funk?
Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54454 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 9:50 am to
My index is up 4.5 strokes from last fall. Yesterday I shot / tied my lowest round since April.

I don't know if I am back but will report back soon.
Posted by Hook Em Horns
350000 posts
Member since Sep 2010
15194 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 9:53 am to
I don't wanna sound like an a-hole here, but that is just golf man. Some days you play lights out. Others you feel like you haven't picked up a club in your life.
Posted by AuburnTigers
Member since Aug 2013
7628 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:06 am to
quote:


What do ya'll do when you see your swing take a sudden downturn?
Work on getting the driver in the fairway
Posted by LSUNathan
Jonesboro
Member since Jan 2011
111 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 10:11 am to
Take a break for a week or so.
Posted by i am dan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
25213 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 11:04 am to
quote:

What do ya'll do when you see your swing take a sudden downturn?

Last month, I played in two scramble tournaments and was really doing well. One tournament was with a fellow employee and he and I have played together in industry/customer tournaments for the past 15 years. He knows my game and I was playing lights out that day.

Last week...the swing disappeared. What do you do to get yourself out of a mid-season funk?


Take a quick break. Come back with a clearer head and swing. Honestly.
Posted by lsuwiseman
Frisco, TX
Member since Nov 2016
52 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 12:39 pm to
Go back to the basics. Check alignment, ball position, grip. Go to the range and just practice half or 3/4 swings concentrating on center face - ball first contact. Once you start pouring these shots, gradually work up to full swing.
Posted by BMoney
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
16317 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:32 pm to
4 weeks ago, I was playing great. Had a 27 hole stretch over 2 days when I was +1 total.

Went to Vegas with my clubs and played 72 holes of awful golf. Took 2 weeks off and played for the first time yesterday. Swing was dialed and I was hitting the ball great.

I probably need to take more time off every now and then, but golf is my hobby.
Posted by mikedatyger
Orlandeaux, FL
Member since Jun 2005
4031 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:40 pm to
quote:

What do you do to get yourself out of a mid-season funk?

I try to analyze where I'm losing strokes. Am I missing fairways (FIR)? What is my GIR? Chipping proximity to holes (am I leaving myself long putts)? Number of putts?

This gets me to a starting point. Then check the basics: grip, stance, and alignment (this is big for me). I also try to SLOW everything down. My tempo is fast, so it can easily get me out-of-sync.

Golf. One week/day you shoot your best, and the next it's like you've never played.
Posted by DivotBreath
On the course
Member since Oct 2007
3536 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 1:57 pm to
Tempo or alignment are usually good places to start.
Posted by Stuttgart Tiger
Branson, MO
Member since Jan 2006
14743 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 3:26 pm to
quote:

Go back to the basics. Check alignment, ball position, grip. Go to the range and just practice half or 3/4 swings concentrating on center face - ball first contact. Once you start pouring these shots, gradually work up to full swing.


Yep, that's what I did yesterday. Had a chance to go play but I backed outta that just to slow down and focus on the range. Broke out the alignment sticks and worked on contact point and direction.

Gotta play 3 times next week so I'm keeping it simple this week.
This post was edited on 6/10/24 at 3:41 pm
Posted by Tigeralum2012
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2017
47 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 3:31 pm to
I try to play a round differently than I normally would. That could mean anything from different tee boxes, only using certain clubs in the bag, best ball against myself, etc. Just something to keep it fresh and remember it’s just a game. Usually when I play bad it leads to frustration and I try to get over that quickly, and doing that tends to help.
Posted by jpggpj
Chair
Member since Oct 2005
3993 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 6:14 pm to
Like others have said…”That’s golf”. Pretty sure I could make a hat or merchandise with that as the logo and it would do well.

But I do say my bad/off golf is like a virus. It’ll run its course and be gone. But you have to have some basic swing thoughts to fall back on to get you back to your average. Those basic thoughts are gonna be different for everyone. But you have to have them and they should be limited. Limited to just get you back to hitting a straight ball with good contact. Once you get that then build your game back but learn your game the whole way. I have a list of swing thoughts I keep in my Notes on my phone that I jot down when I’m playing really good. I note feel, grip, tempo, whatever it may be that day that I felt was really working for me. Whenever I’m struggling I’ll open it up and scan through them to maybe trigger my memory of something I felt I was doing right from some time ago. But with that being said, I have my basic 3 steps I always go to when the struggle is real.
Posted by makersmark1
earth
Member since Oct 2011
16251 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 6:20 pm to
My game can change quickly.

Sunday:
Hole one, driver, then 9 iron to 18 ft.
3 putt.

Hole 18, I hit a 75 yard drive into the right trees on the par 5. Hit a nice 3 wood off the pine straw. Then a 5 wood to the green.

Made a 35 ft birdie putt.

At my level, it’s mostly luck.

Golf is hard.
Posted by llfshoals
Member since Nov 2010
15735 posts
Posted on 6/10/24 at 8:39 pm to
quote:

Some days you play lights out. Others you feel like you haven't picked up a club in your life.
I usually don’t wait till the round is over.

My day today is case in point. Even after 6, one birdie, one 3 putt cause I got on the wrong side of a ridge. But hitting it decent.

Then proceeded to double an easy par 5, 3 bogies later I’m on 18 just hoping to get the round over without injuring myself cause i haven’t sniffed a fairway since the 5th hole.

Then naturally I hit it 3 feet on the last hole and finish with a birdie. I love/hate this game.

Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54454 posts
Posted on 6/11/24 at 5:17 am to
quote:

Go back to the basics


Works for me too. Sometimes it takes longer than others.

Without a swing coach we're self diagnosing. I know what I'm supposed to be doing but when one thing gets off, muscle memory goes away as I try to "figure it out".

If I go back to very specific details regarding setup, address, face at impact and swing plane it generally comes around. The swing itself is there but something is off.
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