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    I gather you're mostly venting here---understandably so.

    Your question regarding lessons and range time is spot on imo.

    I've only been playing about 14 months or so myself.

    Seriously considered quitting a few months ago.

    I took a number of lessons from a local pro but hit an early plateau and didn't improve for several months. Actually got worse--and the baseline was very poor to begin with.

    I assumed my lack of progress was just lack of aptitude. I was very wrong about this.

    My problem was that the first pro and I were simply not a good fit.

    Switched pros and started weekly lessons.

    Handicap dropped from 32.0 to current trend of 25.1 inside of nine weeks.

    I strongly recommend finding an instructor and taking frequent lessons.

    Your scores should reflect progress over a couple of months or so.

    If they don't--maybe trying out a different coach is worth a shot.

    I'm not exactly a gifted athlete and am very doubtful I'll ever be good at this game. That being said I think I can at least get to an 18 cap or so---and had I stayed the course with coach #1--I'd be fishing on the weekends instead of golfng.

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    We've all been there to a certain degree given the expectations we put on ourselves. Sometimes, you just have to find a way to get through the rough times knowing that better is on the other side. So many life lessons in golf.

    Yes, range time and lessons would be a logical step.

    An honest handicap has good scores and bad scores contributing, just remember that.
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    I would 100% recommend taking lessons from your local pro. I took lessons for about a year and a half and have hit over 100K golfballs. I can go out and shoot scratch golf almost anywhere as long as I play within my swing. It does get better I can guarantee that, but seeking professional help would make your life on the course a lot more enjoyable. Golf is no doubt top 3 hardest sports in the world to achieve the best score.

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    It happens to all of us man I wouldnt let it get you that down. First thing I would do is switch to a ball that doesnt cost you a ton lol There are a number of good options around the $20/dozen price range and using the THP discount through budget golf you can get them even cheaper. Golf is as much mental as it is physical and right now you seem mentally defeated but trust me, as soon as the good swings come and you start making good contact you love the game as much as you hate it right now
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    Hang in there. You are not alone. Hard sport to pick up and even harder sport to get good at, and that's part of what I love about it. I have always had good hand-eye coordination and was quite good at baseball and tennis and had an introduction to golf as a kid. I thought how hard could it be: the ball isn't moving. Haha, and then golf happened. And the funniest part about this game is how hard it has been to scale back my game for scoring. I can generate good club head speed for an aging dude, and I stubbornly want to play a "pro" version of the game. Big swings. Pro distances (in my head). Pin hunting. Take the high risk line. I am such a numbskull. I might learn, eventually. And then I might actually be able to realize how much more practice I need to put in with the even more important short game. But it's the journey and not the destination, right? Regardless, I love every minute of practice and play. Great game this golf, even if it is an untamable beast.
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    Hang in there man! That’s the joy and frustration of golf. Don’t worry about losing balls, that’s what stores/websites are for.
    Even the Pros have bad days, just look at Jordan Spieth lately.

    Enjoy the experience and know there will be good and bad days (that’s what the 19th hole is for ). Keep on swinging and chasing the dimpled ball... deep down, you know you want to!
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    I used to lose a ton of balls when i started playing. still have days when I do that... but then I take a deep breath, enjoy the scenery, and focus on just making contact. I don't care where it goes. Just hit the ball, find it, and do it again. If that means clubbing down and trying to play everything as a par 5? then so be it.

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    Try to hang in there. It DOES get better!
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    Welcome to the golf journey!

    I’d recommend changing your focus from score and lost balls to smaller accomplishments. Get some lessons and find something definitive to focus on for your next round. It might be stance, balance, and tempo for instance. Stay with this goal for each shot and use the results as a way to map a way forward in future practice sessions/lessons. Also, I would skip playing 18 most days until you are able to complete 9 holes without losing your focus or getting frustrated. Play 9, reassess, gain more info, practice on something specific and then repeat. Add lessons when you get lost.

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    It gets better, it doesn’t seem like it sometimes, But it does. Don’t let a bad round ruin the game. We’ve all been there. A couple years ago my game went completely sideways after a couple lessons I was hitting the ball even better. Take some lessons and practice and you’ll be better than ever.

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