The Golf Game Roller Coaster

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Any golfer who plays more than once in awhile understands that there are times in their game where things just do not make sense. Everything will be going along just fine then ‘BAM’ nothing works. Like some of the players at the US Open (Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott to name a few) I am playing like I own the course, then an anvil drops on my head.

The last two rounds I have played 75% great and 25% poorly. Three days ago I opened the first 4 holes with 3 birdies and a par. I mean, that is a dream start for me. Then suddenly, my swing decided to go shopping or something. I shot 4 bogies and a double in the last 5 holes of my opening nine! The front was decent and I scored 77 overall on a par 71.

Yesterday, I started with a bogey, then rattled off 9 straight pars. All was going smooth and I felt great over all my shots. Then ‘BAM’ two doubles in the next 3 holes. To make things worse, I have no idea what I was doing over then ball. Then my swing returned and finished with rest pars for a 76 I mean, come on!

Now that my little rant is over, many of you are saying that my situation is not really uncommon. We all have good swings that seem effortless and we all struggle with swings as well. I can accept that this a reality to my game, but I do not understand what causes my sudden swing failure. It is not something to panic about because it has only been two days, yet I am always seeking answers to why thinks happen.

I will pay attention over the few rounds and see if my roller coaster play continues. If it does, see if there is a trigger that causes my erratic shots. Until then, I will enjoy playing and be grateful I still can!

Do you experience sudden swing losses?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

4 thoughts on “The Golf Game Roller Coaster

  1. Ahh, the inconsistent thread that binds all golfers together. . .Jim, I think at the professional level, they all hit the ball so great, breakdowns are mostly mental. At the amateur level, our swings aren’t as fundamentally sound and repeatable and often when we make great contact it’s more due to good hand-eye coordination. When the hand-eye breaks down we lose control. Not certain on this but have suspected it for some time.
    Good to hear you are rounding into form. Hot streaks are an excellent leading indicator, even with the occasional speed bump.


  2. My roller coaster seems almost on a schedule. Every three months or so I go through a few weeks of playing great, then it tails off. But thankfully at least the highs seem to last longer than the real lows do most of the time. I’m in the middle somewhere again right now and anxious for another high to begin. Last weeks game was especially tough considering I played a really hard course (it used to be home to the JC Penney Classic years ago) from the tips, but I showed signs that my game was peaking again. Maybe tomorrow will prove that true, maybe not. All I can do, all any of us can do, is keep plugging away and hope for the best.

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