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Beginner frustrated with golf. Any advice?

I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.
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  • ohioglfrohioglfr Municipal Junkie Advanced Members Posts: 693 ✭✭
    Not a very technical answer from me, I'm afraid. At the range, I start with wedges, through short and then long irons. I groove my tempo better that way. I don't feel comfortable hitting long irons first . . . but thats just me.
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    OK. So when i first started playing the piano....it took me about 6 months to play basic scales without looking...and to a metronome. There were days that my progress reversed....the "I quit' days....then suddenly a break-through. But one thing I found was to NOT self-teach and get into bad habits because it's 100X harder to unwind. Find a teacher and just absorb...don't question every move.
  • Temple90Temple90 Members Posts: 21
    FourTops wrote:

    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    OK. So when i first started playing the piano....it took me about 6 months to play basic scales without looking...and to a metronome. There were days that my progress reversed....the "I quit' days....then suddenly a break-through. But one thing I found was to NOT self-teach and get into bad habits because it's 100X harder to unwind. Find a teacher and just absorb...don't question every move.




    I have been taking lessons weekly. Unfortunately I do not think I am absorbing what is coming through.
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    Temple90 wrote:

    FourTops wrote:

    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    OK. So when i first started playing the piano....it took me about 6 months to play basic scales without looking...and to a metronome. There were days that my progress reversed....the "I quit' days....then suddenly a break-through. But one thing I found was to NOT self-teach and get into bad habits because it's 100X harder to unwind. Find a teacher and just absorb...don't question every move.




    I have been taking lessons weekly. Unfortunately I do not think I am absorbing what is coming through.




    You won't in the beginning...stop setting artificial goals. You will hit well one day and stink the next even with a swing that you "think" is better. I've seen this over and over, and been there done that.
  • homergolfhomergolf Advanced Members Posts: 1,673 ✭✭
    One thing that kept me playing when I was a beginner was playing with a good friend who was also a beginner. We literally laughed at each other to tears, we still do. We had great times learning the game. Neither of us are really good golfers, but we love the game.
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  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Advanced Members Posts: 1,556 ✭✭
    A lot of people have problems hitting long irons. I’ve played with people who don’t like to hit anything lower than a 6 or 7 iron. Maybe you should try a couple of hybrids. You’ve only had 6 lessons. I can tell you from my experience with taking lessons this summer for the first time that sometimes I felt caught between what I was doing before and what I was learning and it wasn’t always pretty. It took me a lot of practice to learn what I was being taught. I still struggle with the grip change my instructor made with me. My ball striking improved quite a bit as summer went on and my 4 iron has actually become one of my favorite clubs in my bag. Hang in there and have many have said on this site “ Golf is Hard!”
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  • ThinkingPlusThinkingPlus ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,454 ClubWRX
    Golf isn't a sprint, but a marathon. It can't be forced or measured moment by moment. Even the pros speak often of being patient and letting opportunities come to them rather than forcing them to happen. Enjoy the journey. Stay dedicated and persistent and you will improve.
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  • BrianMcGBrianMcG Advanced Members Posts: 2,130 ✭✭
    edited November 2018
    Here's the winner of 14 majors and considered by some the GOAT.



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    Walter: Tell me Bobby, why do you play this game?
    Bobby: I play because I love it.
    Walter: Well I play for the money. I have to win. That is why every time we face each other I will always beat you.
  • ThinkingPlusThinkingPlus ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,454 ClubWRX
    BrianMcG wrote:


    Here's the winner of over 14 majors and considered by some the GOAT.



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  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    How about Sergio's 13 at Augusta? LOL!
  • sheldonjhackersheldonjhacker Advanced Members Posts: 3,699 ✭✭
    Advice? Keep at it !
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    edited November 2018
    Let's level-set. Nobody talks about the pro's who missed the cut on Friday....blew-up and shot in the 80's. The Tour makes one think they all play lights-out every week....they don't. There's only about maybe 50 Tour players who can hang week after week, and even then I question how they do it.
  • SixtySomePingSixtySomePing Advanced Members Posts: 4,880 ✭✭
    I've been playing since 1965, so next year will be 54 years, and I still enjoy it. My progress is slow, but I still hit some awesome drives, approach shots, and putts, not like I would like to, I'm still learning but I enjoy it. There will be days when I struggle with my longer irons, or maybe my wedges, but I enjoy it. I'm not aloud to drive the course any more because of my epilepsy, my wonderful family will take me, but I still enjoy it. I used to love walking and playing but I got a thing on both ankles a few years ago called drop foot, so I have to wear braces to walk now, I can only ride in the cart and walk a little bit- but golf, I really enjoy it.

    So what did I just say? Enjoy golf! I see where you started out by using words like 'frustrated', 'seriously', then 'progress very slow', 'struggling', and discouraging'... But what I don't see is anything referring to fun, like, enjoy, happy, or anything else that says golf means something positive to you. But I think it does, I just believe you need to even your mind's playing field and approach to it. It seems to me that perhaps whatever we do, if we approach it in a positive way, then we will have a positive outcome. So my advice to you is enjoy golf more, expect to have a good positive result, and expect it to take time. Don't see negative outcome as failure, but opportunity.You aren't failing, This is golf. If everyone on WRX thought of ourselves as a failure each time we couldn't immediately overcome our mistakes and struggles, we would all be a very sorry lot. It does take time, so relax, and learn how prepare a plan to improve on each part of your game in a positive, enjoyable way. You can't go out today and be a scratch player, but you can go out today and have a heckuva good time... my two cents
  • SBH9458SBH9458 Go Army! Beat Navy! Advanced Members Posts: 871 ✭✭
    I've been playing since 1965, so next year will be 54 years, and I still enjoy it. My progress is slow, but I still hit some awesome drives, approach shots, and putts, not like I would like to, I'm still learning but I enjoy it. There will be days when I struggle with my longer irons, or maybe my wedges, but I enjoy it. I'm not aloud to drive the course any more because of my epilepsy, my wonderful family will take me, but I still enjoy it. I used to love walking and playing but I got a thing on both ankles a few years ago called drop foot, so I have to wear braces to walk now, I can only ride in the cart and walk a little bit- but golf, I really enjoy it.

    So what did I just say? Enjoy golf! I see where you started out by using words like 'frustrated', 'seriously', then 'progress very slow', 'struggling', and discouraging'... But what I don't see is anything referring to fun, like, enjoy, happy, or anything else that says golf means something positive to you. But I think it does, I just believe you need to even your mind's playing field and approach to it. It seems to me that perhaps whatever we do, if we approach it in a positive way, then we will have a positive outcome. So my advice to you is enjoy golf more, expect to have a good positive result, and expect it to take time. Don't see negative outcome as failure, but opportunity.You aren't failing, This is golf. If everyone on WRX thought of ourselves as a failure each time we couldn't immediately overcome our mistakes and struggles, we would all be a very sorry lot. It does take time, so relax, and learn how prepare a plan to improve on each part of your game in a positive, enjoyable way. You can't go out today and be a scratch player, but you can go out today and have a heckuva good time... my two cents






    Great perspective, and great advice to me (won’t speak for all of us). Enjoying what we are doing, especially when it comes to golf, often starts with the mindset. Thanks for your post!
  • GoGoErkyGoGoErky Advanced Members Posts: 993 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:

    FourTops wrote:

    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    OK. So when i first started playing the piano....it took me about 6 months to play basic scales without looking...and to a metronome. There were days that my progress reversed....the "I quit' days....then suddenly a break-through. But one thing I found was to NOT self-teach and get into bad habits because it's 100X harder to unwind. Find a teacher and just absorb...don't question every move.




    I have been taking lessons weekly. Unfortunately I do not think I am absorbing what is coming through.




    Maybe cut back to every other week. This gives you more time to engrain the feelings and work on the things from your lesson before seeing your instructor again. On the range work on the drills, hit a ball, rinse an repeat
  • FergusonFerguson VAAdvanced Members Posts: 4,229 ✭✭
    In the words of E. Fritz Roberts - "Golf is a game that requires inner strength and determination, enough so that it helps us to fight the urge to quit while at the same time keeping us interested; notwithstanding the cost of time required to maintain oneself as a so-called decent player."
  • ShipwreckShipwreck Advanced Members Posts: 3,681 ✭✭
    I’d honestly say that weekly lessons might not be the best thing, because you aren’t giving yourself ample time to actually absorb any swing changes. Maybe spread them out to 2-3 weeks apart and see how that goes. Also set smaller, obtainable goals. Don’t try and work on everything at the same time either.



    Most importantly, have fun and don’t take it super serious. You arent relying on golf as a source of income.
  • Boricua GolfBoricua Golf Members, Advanced Members Posts: 3,379 ✭✭
    I think that fun has to be part of it, make it fun on the course, play a game within the game and don't worry about score...challenge yourself, but make it fun and always remember "golf is a game, treat it as such"
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  • coreylcoreyl Hacker Advanced Members Posts: 1,157 ✭✭
    BrianMcG wrote:


    Here's the winner of over 14 majors and considered by some the GOAT.



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  • fairways4lifefairways4life Advanced Members Posts: 1,553
    edited November 2018
    1.) Put the long irons away for now. Focus on hitting the shorter (and easier to hit) clubs.



    2.) Is there a decent par 3 course in your area? Good place to get the hang of the game without beating yourself up.



    3.) Maybe take a break from the lessons. We all learn differently and some people just don't learn well from lessons. Spend more time just experimenting on the range with different things rather than always trying to do what the instructor said. You might find that you're able to "dig it out of the dirt" on your own and figure out what works for you. You can always revisit the lessons later on.



    4.) Be patient. It's hard, I know. I'm one of the least patient people in the world. But golf is freaking HARD. And that's why when you finally do improve, the rewards are so great. Everyone has a different learning curve. Not everyone is going to see big gains early on. Some people (like myself) are the opposite. I was very slow to improve at first but once the light bulb clicked, my handicap dropped like a bag of rocks. Keep at it.
  • KMeloneyKMeloney Advanced Members Posts: 4,713 ✭✭
    Temple -- Who are you seeing for lessons?



    The game is hard, and it takes a lot of time, effort, and focus for most to feel remotely good about their game. That being said, we also don't know what your idea of "progress" is, so it's tough (impossible?) to know if you're even being reasonable in your expectations.
  • GMRGMR Advanced Members Posts: 1,051
    The response that compared to piano was very apt. Golf is much like learning a musical instrument. For some reason, though, no one takes up the piano and thinks they are going to be playing Debussy in 12 months while in golf people seem to come in with some unrealistic expectations on the rate of improvement. Sure there's the rare guy who can take up the game and be breaking 90 consistently in 6 months, but that only really tends to happen with individuals who are both very athletically inclined and also come from a strong background of stick-and-ball sports--much the equivalent of a lifelong orchestra member who decides to take up another instrument (all the theory and musical intuition is already in place, just a matter of ingraining the specific mechanics).



    With that said, my advice to you would be to approach it the same way you would if you were learning the piano from scratch. Break it down into small and achievable goals. See your instructor as much or as infrequently as you'd like, but make sure you leave each lesson with some specific goal in mind that is clearly defined and measurable (i.e. half swings reaching a specific top-of-backswing position). Don't be overly focused on the results just yet, just enjoy the process of building your swing up one small brick at a time. Work on achieving the small goals that your instructor lays out for you and before you know it more and more you'll be playing a game that looks like golf.



    Best of luck to you!
  • fowlerscousinfowlerscousin Advanced Members Posts: 781 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    Golf takes years and years of dedicated practice just to get started on the path of calling yourself "good".
  • silver504silver504 Advanced Members Posts: 91 ✭✭
    From my personal experience, I didn't see progress until I started playing more golf and spending less time at the range. I used to spend 2 to 4 hours at the range 2 to 3 times a week the first 5 years. I could not bring my range game to the course. Then I just started playing more golf and time practicing was on chipping and putting. I hope this helps. I know everyone is different.
  • KGilmaKGilma Advanced Members Posts: 105 ✭✭
    I just started playing golf again in September, after a 12 -15 year break. I was never great but I was pretty good, and had played with my grandfather since I was 5. I came out of "retirement" thinking I would be shooting in the 80's again after a round or two and a few range sessions. Man, was I wrong. I'll be playing par or bogey golf for 4 or 5 holes hitting solid drives and approach shots, then I'll go 3 holes where I top my drive, chunk the approach, 4 putt and make an 8. My point is golf is hard... its frustrating, but it's fun. Try what others have said and space your lessons out more, and absorb what you're being taught. Practice when you can, and things will change.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 24,003 ClubWRX
    It was 57 years for the Eagles to go from winning the 1960 NFL Championship to the 2017 Super Bowl. These are professional athletes who have trained their entire lives to be successful and it was 57 years of failure. Don't lose perspective that golf is supposed to be fun and view the journey as fun as the outcome of playing better. 3 years isn't a very long time...
  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    I'm no expert, but I think beginners sometimes get hung up on form. Personally, when I get too technical in my swing, I become more tense and less athletic. If you find yourself in a bad range sessions (we've all been there), relax, take a deep breath, back away, shake out the cobwebs, and hit some loosey goosey light and easy pitch shots. You don't need to be perfect, you just need to find your athleticism.



    I've become a pretty big adherent to Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson's school of thought when it comes to the golf swing. Balance, tempo, and tension are the three main components, and once you get those locked in, everything else will fall into place. Stop worrying about tucking in your elbow or bending your knee or whatever and get in tune with those three components.
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  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan Advanced Members Posts: 301 ✭✭
    This is a game that chews you up and spits you out, kicks your a** and takes no prisoners. Even Tiger is not immune. And yet for every 10 balls we put in the woods, for every f bomb we drop, every once in awhile we hit a cut 5 iron to 4 feet and walk up to the green imagining the “usually reserved Augusta crowd on its feet in appreciation”



    Now I understand that in your case, you might be aways away from ”cut 5 irons,” but simple, more modest goals can be your ”Augusta moment”. That might be ”hit an 8-iron 100 yards” or a pure contact with a 5 iron. When I was learning my dad said I couldn’t play on a course until I could hit a ball 150 yards. That became my big goal, and I can still remember the day that ball soared over the tire with the 150 painted on it.



    So keep working on it. For more instant results try a hybrid with a ball teed up about 1/4” just to get contact/ball flying. If it gets frustrating, take a break, head to the putting green, etc.



    And I think the most important thing: it’s ok to give up on any given day, as long you come back to try again. Enjoy the pursuit, I have for 19 years, and Im only 23.
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  • macedanmacedan Advanced Members Posts: 196 ✭✭
    The easiest and simultaneously hardest things to realize is that golf is not easy, nor is progress linear. It is very helpful to set goals for oneself, but not exceedingly high goals, take baby steps to meet. If my goal was to break 80 every round, there's no way I would still be playing because I would be too upset with my "failures". But these aren't true failures as my goal was not attainable to myself in the first place. I don't have low expectations for myself but I have reduced how high of expectations I set for myself allowing me to see smaller improvements and enjoy the journey more.
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  • jslane57jslane57 Advanced Members Posts: 3,929
    Try not to evaluate yourself on every single shot. Let the bad happen. Let the good happen. Are you getting enough practice time in to where you go to your next lesson ready to learn more, or are you covering the same thing over and over? Maybe space your lessons out a bit, no need to pay an instructor to watch you practice. I liked the Tiger gif, I remember seeing that on TV. If Tiger can give himself a pass, maybe we should all be able to do the same...
  • CwingCwing Advanced Members Posts: 7,965 ✭✭
    edited November 2018
    I would state that you need to stick to the drills and not care where the ball goes for awhile especially while at the range.



    I know several that went for lessons. Later went to the range and maybe worked on the drills for 5 - 15 swings and then simply started hitting a jumbo bucket of balls.



    In some cases, they care too much about where the ball is going so they go back to their previous swing / habits. In some cases, they simply just wail away at balls with no purpose.



    A good rule of thumb would be a small to medium bucket with 3-4 swing drills to every full swing.
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  • extrastiffextrastiff Advanced Members Posts: 855 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.


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  • extrastiffextrastiff Advanced Members Posts: 855 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.


    in all seriousness tho, I got exponentially better when I started golfing with really good golfers. Just watch what they do carefully,osmosis will take care of the rest.
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  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Advanced Members Posts: 1,202
    Oh you seem to be coming around nicely...
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  • GSDriverGSDriver Advanced Members Posts: 551 ✭✭
    It takes time, golf is hard.



    Keep at it, keep working with your teaching pro, have realistic expectations.



    Most of all, enjoy the good shots....even Hogan said he would only hit one or two shots a round 'perfectly'.



    Work on short game, saves most strokes, and anyone can become decent at the short game.
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  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Advanced Members Posts: 1,202
    Ok rook lets throw you some gold..... besides driver - you are hitting down on ball and taking a divot in front of ball. Key concept forgotten by even good players sometimes
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  • Canoe PaddlerCanoe Paddler Advanced Members Posts: 174 ✭✭
    If nothing else is working, then I would just hit pitch shots. It’s a mini version of your swing and really simplifies the swing. If you’re struggling with simple pitches (and you probably will for a while) then at least it makes diagnosis much easier and gets you on the right path to begin improving.
  • KjboisenKjboisen Advanced Members Posts: 91 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    I am by NO MEANS devaluing instruction, as I myself am at a point where working with an instructor is beneficial for me. But I AM going to suggest this to you because as a beginner, his methodology I believe in (as it pertains to BEGINNERS). Watch this with an open mind and do your best to be athletic throughout trying this.



  • Steele47Steele47 Advanced Members Posts: 1,142 ✭✭
    Fundamentals. Use a mirror to see what grip, address position, position at top, follow through looks like etc... compared to pictures of pros or whoever else knows what they're doing. Mimic them. It's useful in that a mirror does not lie and makes it much easier to stomach next time your teaching pro (hopefully a good teacher) tries to get you into a position where we all invariably say or think, "Thanks for the advice but that just feels very uncomfortable."
  • mikpgamikpga www.mikedeitersgolf.com Advanced Members Posts: 7,328 ✭✭
    Not one mention of playing golf or being on the golf course?
  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    Oh Yawn. When I learned piano I progressed, then went backwards...then progressed slightly more...then backwards but slightly less...rinse repeat over 5 years. What happens is your brain needs to "see" what your body needs to do on a consistent basis. Some days it just FLAT-OUT won't cooperate....on other days it's smooth sailing.
  • OakLawnGolfProOakLawnGolfPro Advanced Members Posts: 147
    Not gonna lie our industry is pretty poor at teaching people golf, especially beginners. Do research, find instructors who not only offer instruction but must offer engaging ways to keep it fun and interesting. If an instructor isn’t doing anything to make an engaging environment for learning, you will never get better. That’s the secret sauce to this game, but it’ll never get mainstream, so if you can adapt that to your process you will have it!
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  • andrueandrue Advanced Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    Shipwreck wrote:
    Most importantly, have fun and don't take it super serious. You arent relying on golf as a source of income.
    This, with **** on. Personally all I've ever wanted is to be able to play a course with anyone and not feel embarrassed nor upset them through my incompetence. All that's needed for that goal is to eliminate duff ball strikes. As long as the ball progresses a reasonable distance when I strike it in a reasonable direction I'm happy.



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  • andrueandrue Advanced Members Posts: 1,092 ✭✭
    edited November 2018

    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    Golf takes years and years of dedicated practice just to get started on the path of calling yourself "good".
    Doesn't it just. I started at age 42. I still don't consider myself good (I will if/when my handicap ever drops into the mid-teens) but I've enjoyed most(*) of the journey so far and looking forward to the next stage.



    I'd also say that more time should be spent on the course. Range time has value of course but the biggest single drop I got in my scores was when I started playing golf three or four times a week during the summer. That alone took me from scoring in the mid 100s to scoring in the mid 90s.



    (*)Losing my swing for long hybrids and driver last summer was a low point.
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  • FourTopsFourTops Banned Posts: 1,676
    Don't know your game...don't know the tees you play, etc. But for starters the tees you play should leave you...on average...a 7 iron approach. If you find yourself hitting long iron approaches....your playing "too hard" of a game. Plus, course management. On a 380 yard par 4, you could maybe hit two 7 irons for 280 yards, then a 100 yard approach which has a much higher probability of landing on the green. This means working on putting because your goal would be 2 putts. Keep doing that and shoot for 90. Let all the other guys blast drives into the trees and duff long irons.
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Advanced Members Posts: 12,943 ✭✭
    If golf was easy, then it would be easy to lose interest.



    I personally would spend more time playing than practicing. Enjoy the game, meet people, play new course enjoy nature. Set goals that are attainable. Get good with the short game, focus on fundamentals not mechanics. Take lessons but not too many. If you do make sure some are on putting and short game.



    Have fun.

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  • benhays98benhays98 Members Posts: 41 ✭✭
    edited November 2018
    If you like it all, just keep swimming..
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  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Advanced Members Posts: 928
    Focus on what you did well that day. Even if it's just showing up. Irrational confidence is necessary.

    Some days I drive the ball really well or pitch and chip or go a whole round without a 3 putt. I don't mention irons bc lately there's no good news there.

    But maybe the takeaway is hope. You can always hope to put it together next time.
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Advanced Members Posts: 5,439 ✭✭
    Temple90 wrote:


    I have attempted to start playing golf for the last three years and have just started taking it more seriously this past summer. I have been going to the driving range and taking lessons with a course pro.



    So far I have taken six lessons and I feel like my progress has been very slow. I understand that it will not be linear, but at times I feel like I am barely making any progress. For example, some lessons I am hitting awesome balls with minor form mistakes, but when I go to the range I can't hit a single ball well.

    So far i am only practicing with irons and find that I am struggling significantly with the longer irons.

    To add I have prior back issues (herniation) so my lower back is very tight. Makes for some discomfort during the swing, but never any pain.



    Anyone have any advice? I want to continue going, but it is discouraging feeling like I am not getting anywhere with it.




    Welcome to golf. As people have said, golf is a challenging game. Part of its real charm is how maddening it is. But everyone wants to see some hint of success and progress.



    You haven't replied since the opening post or maybe one more time and a lot of guys have shared good stuff. Part of the problem is golf isn't a simple paint-by-numbers thing and the diverse range of answers here should tell you that one of the biggest challenges is to reduce the next step to something that is pretty clear in your mind and body and let go of trying to do too much at once.



    The reality is there is a big step between a lesson and the practice range. When you take a lesson, get real clear as to what you really want to focus on. It should be a simple one or maybe two things. Figure out how you're going to know if you are doing these things better or the same. Feel isn't real reliable especially at first. Don't worry too much about the shots yet, just get more comfortable with odd feeling motions. Part of why we hit them well in a lesson but not when we practice is a) we feel more confident with a teacher watching is and b) they give feedback whereas we're guessing, often pretty wildly, as to what went wrong.



    Maybe the best thing I can tell you is, golf can be frustrating. Once you make a little peace with that, it gets easier. Don't worry - keep at it and you'll get better.
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  • Matt JMatt J Advanced Members Posts: 8,568 ✭✭
    Set reasonable playing goals and ditch the lessons.



    Figure out the longest club you can consistently hit off the deck and practice it a lot (probably 2 or 3 hybrid or a 5 wood).



    Practice driver or 3 wood or 3 iron off the tee off of real grass if possible pretending like it's a real tee box and evaluate how it would play.



    Play rounds and count every stroke by the rules and get a handicap index.



    Set more goals, enlist a good instructor in helping when necessary.



    Leave your clubs in the trunk and stop at a driving range twice a week when possible even if just 30 minutes is possible.



    Play a course and a tee box appropriate to your ability as often as you can ideally with a good partner.
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