Originally Posted by Piobaire
I think the range can be dangerous for us noobs. Too easy to get wound up. As I've noticed, first 50% of my shots are on the whole not bad. Last 50% I get progressively worse. I figure part of that is mental, as mistakes accumulate on top of each other and part is physical, as those muscles are not really used to working together in that certain way and tire unevenly, screwing up my swing. Probably why the instructor specified we get only a medium bucket and split that between the two of us.
Next lesson Friday morning.
I think you're right. My biggest problem is that when I start doing something poorly I'll keep pushing and pushing until I get it right. This is probably a terrible approach for a game as mental as golf. It's compounded by the fact that the driving range I use charges by the hour and not the bucket - last Saturday I went through two buckets of balls in less than 1:15. I just kept looking for that one perfect shot, and it never came. The guy teaching me eventually told me just to walk away for the day. On my last ball I had a nice, clean swing, though the ball wasn't great, and he basically said "let that be good enough for today." Normally, I leave on a great shot, but that day I just needed to stop pushing.
Another problem, at least for me, is that I get sloppy when I get tired. This means my shots deteriorate pretty severly if I'm not careful, so I can end up doing exactly what you're talking about. This is a recipe for disaster - I kept thinking I could get over the hump for that day and hit a few good ones before I left, but fatigue and frustration made it pretty much impossible.