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  • How do you get out of a rut?

    Sup Nuts,

    I seem to have gotten myself into a bit of a mental rut (usually happens once a year). Played the best golf of my life the first ~15 rounds this season. Last game I was shanking my wedges, mis-hitting my irons. The only thing that kept me sane were my drives and putting.

    My question - How do you get yourself out of a rut? What do you do to take a step back and get yourself back into the groove?

    Thanks!
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    Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 VM-G 50, 54, 58 Dynamic Gold
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  • #2
    I feel your pain, every year I go through a similar rut. I can be striping everything and hitting everything high and far, then all of sudden so i can't even square up a club face. ALSO i seem to go through a rut every year where i lose a ton of distance on all of my clubs, then all of a sudden it comes back.

    As weird as it sounds, i find i always get my game back when i play a relaxed round with 3 close friends where we have a few too many drinks and not worry at all about the round of golf and more about just enjoying being outside. I give my swing 0 thought and don't care at all what i score and for some reason that helps me clear my mind for future rounds.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sh00t3rMcGav1n View Post
      Sup Nuts,

      I seem to have gotten myself into a bit of a mental rut (usually happens once a year). Played the best golf of my life the first ~15 rounds this season. Last game I was shanking my wedges, mis-hitting my irons. The only thing that kept me sane were my drives and putting.

      My question - How do you get yourself out of a rut? What do you do to take a step back and get yourself back into the groove?

      Thanks!
      I'm not sure that one game (i.e. your last round) is a 'rut'. Everyone has off days occasionally.

      Next round, set the bar fairly low regarding expectations. Play conservatively, and make sure that you hit some balls before the round using easy shots.
      Sage of the GTA...

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      • #4
        For me its all about tempo and rhythm. If the lower body is moving faster than the upper or vise versa my swing is a mess.

        What I have been doing recently is what Shawn Clements recommends and what Jordan Spieth does - take a series of 9 to 3 oclock swings back and fourth having the head brush the ground through the hitting area. Finally when I hit the ball, I only swing at 60%. I try and feel as connected as possible having my core drive my arms.

        Hope this helps....

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        • #5
          I'm kinda in a swing rut at the moment. Body feels disconnected and I'm hitting everything off the toe. Gonna take a step back look at everything from setup to tempo of my swing and see if that works. Maybe spend some time on the range soon vs playing a round.
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          Driver: Ping G410 Plus - Tour 65S - 9° Draw
          Wood: Cobra King F7 - Tensei Blue 65 - S Flex - 15.5°D
          Irons: Srixon Z585/785 - AMT Tour White S300
          Wedges:
          - Callaway Mack Daddy 3 - 51°
          - Ping Glide Stealth 2.0 - 56°
          - Ping Glide - 60°
          Putter: Edel E3 - Toulon SanDiego - Argolf Avalon - & more
          Ball: Vice Pro+ and Various others.
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          • #6
            Take a few weeks off , you playing 15 rounds already makes me think you play a lot of golf .
            taking some time off wouldn’t hurt and gives you a reset .
            When I goto the range too much it seems to hinder my more than it helps

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            • #7
              I often get into a mid summer rut. I find that not touching the clubs for a week or two resets everything. When I come back after such a layoff, I'm back to playing very well from the get-go.
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              • #8
                I’ve been told that every once in a while, it helps to play a round without keeping score. Apparently it helps relax and reset your mind for the next round. I haven’t tried it yet but I will this season for sure.

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                • #9
                  Like I tell my shooters in basketball, if you have a bad day, forget about it. Shooters gotta shoot. If the problem persists, come see me and we can iron something out.
                  The golf version would be, if you suck for a day that is standard golf being golf; forget about it. If you suck for a few days straight and a solo range session did nothing for you, go see a pro or good player with a trained eye and get some help steering you back on track.

                  Personally, I had an awful first round of the year and was hitting the ball off the chrome of the toe repeatedly. I let it go and didnt rush to change my swing. All I did was perform some of the drills that I recommend others do to build up their stroke (threw clubs and did perpetual motion drill chopping down dandilions) and my next round I was shocked to find my striking even with my late season form, shooting +1 on my only solo 9 holes after 27 holes in a scramble which I also played lights out in.

                  One quick fix I try in-round if things are going off a bit is Jack Nicklausč advice to feel the clubhead throughout the entire swing...this pretty much forces proper grip pressure and tempo and cures a lot of timing issues.

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                  • #10
                    I hit 7/8 iron untill it comes back,works for me

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                    • #11
                      I'd suggest a fun round with some buddies with a couple of beers. Play a fun game to take the focus off scoring. There are different versions but I like the ones where every time you win a hole, you get to take a club out of your opponent's bag. Or maybe just play a round with 3 or 4 clubs of your choice. It will force you to try and make different shots with different clubs, instead of standing over the same of club/distance scenarios.
                      We may not be good but at least we'll be slow - PB


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sh00t3rMcGav1n View Post
                        My question - How do you get yourself out of a rut? What do you do to take a step back and get yourself back into the groove?
                        I usually get away from the game completely for a week or two. No driving range, watching golf instruction on youtube, and playing. Then I come back with a fresh mind and clear thoughts.

                        I find when I'm in a rut I have a zillion things running through my head - grip, posture, stance, takeaway, transition, keep the head down, stay in posture, don't duff it, I just need a par here to score 45 on this front 9 etc.



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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dmcdam View Post
                          I'd suggest a fun round with some buddies with a couple of beers. Play a fun game to take the focus off scoring. There are different versions but I like the ones where every time you win a hole, you get to take a club out of your opponent's bag. Or maybe just play a round with 3 or 4 clubs of your choice. It will force you to try and make different shots with different clubs, instead of standing over the same of club/distance scenarios.
                          Funny I'm in a rut and we played our annual three clubs plus putter today. I still sucked. Hit it well in general but every time I miss it cost me strokes. Short game abysmal. Crumbs. Maybe should have gotten into the booze.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nomullies View Post

                            Funny I'm in a rut and we played our annual three clubs plus putter today. I still sucked. Hit it well in general but every time I miss it cost me strokes. Short game abysmal. Crumbs. Maybe should have gotten into the booze.
                            I should have emphasized the booze part. It's definitely the key. Don't drink and drive.
                            We may not be good but at least we'll be slow - PB


                            TM RBZ Tour 10.5 set to 9 deg with Aldila RIP Alpha 70s
                            Adams IDEA Super Hybrid XTD 17 deg stiff
                            Nike Machspeed 3H 21 deg stiff
                            Wilson FG Tour V4 - 4i-GW - DG Pro S300 - TLT build
                            Cleveland/TM wedges - 53 / 56 / 60 - all one length
                            Cleveland BRZ Classic 1 putter
                            Srixon Star XV
                            Ogio Grom bag

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sh00t3rMcGav1n View Post
                              My question - How do you get yourself out of a rut? What do you do to take a step back and get yourself back into the groove?

                              Thanks!
                              Sometimes it's as simple as taking a 2 week or longer break away from golf.

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