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    Classic case of playing golf swing instead of golf. You can't play golf if you're entire mind is devoted to every single aspect of your swing. You can work on all that stuff on the range, that is where golf swing is played. How I stopped doing this was getting reps in on the range, but when I got to the course turning this off and focusing on the golf shot, not the golf swing. I have built a routine. Stand behind the ball, take in the shot, the wind, the lie and pick a target in the distance, then pick an intermediate target on the ground in front of the ball for alignment purposes. Step up to the ball and take one practice swing with no swing thoughts. The only note I take during the practice swing is where the club impacts the ground. This helps me put the ball in the right position in my stance (especially useful on weird lies like sidehill, ball above or below feet, etc.). Next set the club head behind the ball pointed at the intermediate target, set my feet, then set my hands, and do a last little shuffle with my feet to make sure I feel comfortable over the ball and then just take a nice hard swing at it. Generally the results are fine and from time to time I hit a bad shot, but that's golf. You must realize no matter how good you get you're not going to hit every shot perfectly so expecting bad shots should be part of your thought process. A bad shot does not mean you need to make swing changes it just means you hit a bad shot. The only swing adjustment I allow myself to make during a round is tempo. I can swing harder or slower to find the speed where I am making solid contact that day, but I am not going to make any adjustments to posture, arm position, new grip, attempting to hit a certain swing path, etc. The entire thought process during a round is on strategy, target, and alignment and that is it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataDude View Post
    Classic case of playing golf swing instead of golf. You can't play golf if you're entire mind is devoted to every single aspect of your swing. You can work on all that stuff on the range, that is where golf swing is played. How I stopped doing this was getting reps in on the range, but when I got to the course turning this off and focusing on the golf shot, not the golf swing. I have built a routine. Stand behind the ball, take in the shot, the wind, the lie and pick a target in the distance, then pick an intermediate target on the ground in front of the ball for alignment purposes. Step up to the ball and take one practice swing with no swing thoughts. The only note I take during the practice swing is where the club impacts the ground. This helps me put the ball in the right position in my stance (especially useful on weird lies like sidehill, ball above or below feet, etc.). Next set the club head behind the ball pointed at the intermediate target, set my feet, then set my hands, and do a last little shuffle with my feet to make sure I feel comfortable over the ball and then just take a nice hard swing at it. Generally the results are fine and from time to time I hit a bad shot, but that's golf. You must realize no matter how good you get you're not going to hit every shot perfectly so expecting bad shots should be part of your thought process. A bad shot does not mean you need to make swing changes it just means you hit a bad shot. The only swing adjustment I allow myself to make during a round is tempo. I can swing harder or slower to find the speed where I am making solid contact that day, but I am not going to make any adjustments to posture, arm position, new grip, attempting to hit a certain swing path, etc. The entire thought process during a round is on strategy, target, and alignment and that is it.

    Some great ideas. Thank you so much for your help. I don’t have a routine. I will take your suggestion and develop one to clear my mind. I just want to 3njoy the game again. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIFTY View Post
    Zen golf by Dr. Joseph Parent is a great book, or audiobook, to help with quieting the mind and other really helpful tools. Worth every penny, and then some.
    I just wanted to thank you for recommending this one. I'm about halfway through 'Zen Golf' and I'm loving it. Totally better way to look at golf than most of us embrace. Highly recommend this to anyone who struggles or is struggling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boone View Post
    I just wanted to thank you for recommending this one. I'm about halfway through 'Zen Golf' and I'm loving it. Totally better way to look at golf than most of us embrace. Highly recommend this to anyone who struggles or is struggling.
    His book on putting is very good also.

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    Go back to a drill that you can do well. For me it is the simple 9 to 3 Drill. Play simple golf with a club that you can control with that drill (whatever it is). Feet together drill also works for me with most clubs to keep balls in play at half distance. As does slow one piece takeaway drills where I half swing (a combo on the 9 to 3). But you need to have this stuff worked out at home or on the range so that you can always go back to it. If you are so stifled that you can't even stand over the ball - stop playing rounds untli you have worked out some simple fundamental drills because you are making it worse. And remember everyone's game falls apart at some time or another - but the ones who can get it back quick are the ones that have a few time tested drills that they can fall back on to keep it in play.

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