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Anyone Ever Shoot Lights-Out After A Prolonged Layoff?


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#31 Edsland

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 04:53 PM

Im far from a good golfer, winters in Illinois can be long and cold. I have a golf dome pretty close that I like to smash balls at least once a week. My son lives in South Carolina aka golfers year round, and as a retired phone guy whose a school bus driver now we went for a visit last years spring break. 1st hole I birdied, 2nd par 3 rd birdied  then I woke up and became myself. To put it in proper perspective I play at least once a week with friends or myself and I only had 2 more birdies the rest of the year.


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

When we have a bad winter, my first round of the year (often after 4 months of not hitting a ball) is almost always my low round of the year.

There's something to be said for having no expectations, aiming for the middle, and not trying to do anything special because the swing is "rusty".
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:08 AM

2 weeks ago after my longest layoff in 3 years I went out and played on a day where the wind was howling 30-40mph... with gusts in the 50's. The course was soaked so if you kept the ball low it would just hit and plug... super short with no roll.     My buddy shoots an 88 and  is scratch I am a 3.5 right now.    I shot a 75..... I honesty felt this was my best round ever under the conditions and not touching a club for weeks.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 10:57 AM

Lights out as in a top-10, top-20 round ever? No.

But if you mean in a top 25% of all rounds, sure. Something about playing with low pressure and low expectations can make the result decent to pretty darn good.

That said, over the long haul, I play at my consistent best when I play and especially practice regularly. More often than not, playing after a long layoff leads to mediocre results for me.

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:38 AM

I played a lot as a kid, probably multiple rounds a day for a few years, but the last 20 years I have been averaging only about 1-2 rounds a year.  So now when I go play, I typically shoot around 90+/-, but 2 years ago I was playing at resort golf course with my wife's family and I ended up shooting 74.  Since none of her family really play at all, I was really relaxed and just swinging easy.  I also made a very conscious effort to "play the course" like instead of trying to drive that 350y par 4, I would hit a long iron off the tee and leave myself 100 yards in, stuff like that. Everything just clicked that day.

BUT, that one round kinda gave me the itch to start playing again, so now a year and half later, I have all new clubs, bags, shoes, etc. and my wife just bought me a membership at the closest club so I can join the league. Hoping to be able to get my scores back down there this year.


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Posted 22 January 2019 - 03:52 PM

View Postgripandrip, on 13 January 2019 - 10:22 AM, said:

i've had some good rounds after a layoff, but I attribute it to having no expectations and just playing. I don't expect too much, so have little pressure.

This is it, for me at least.

I travel frequently for work, anywhere from 2-4 weeks at a time. I’m usually offshore, so no golf at all. When I come back, I almost always play 3-5 strokes better than average for the first round. I have no expectations and don’t get frustrated over bad shots. I just chase the ball around and add it up when I’m done.

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:12 PM

Ever hear of the expression "I think I'll take 3 weeks off and then quit"?  I think this topic is where this saying comes from.
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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:41 PM

If by “lights out” you mean hitting shanks with every club between a putter and three wood....then yes.
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:12 AM

I can go 3 weeks without playing and all my bad habits are gone and play well. We had a lot of rain in August and early September so I didn't pick up a club for about 6 weeks and I lost my game entirely. Wasn't until earlier this month until it came back.

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 08:24 PM

Yes.... tomorrow

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 08:47 PM

View Postgripandrip, on 13 January 2019 - 10:22 AM, said:

i've had some good rounds after a layoff, but I attribute it to having no expectations and just playing. I don't expect too much, so have little pressure.

This has been my experience
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:08 PM

After 6 months off following shoulder surgery, my first time out I shot 73.  Only 20 putts was a huge help.

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:50 PM

In terms of ballstriking, yes. Happens all the time. I'll take a month off then hit the ball near or at my best.

In terms of scoring, doesn't happen often. Short game and putting are often very rusty, and those are the aspects most related to shooting a low score.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

View PostCarl Spackler3, on 28 January 2019 - 08:24 PM, said:

Yes.... tomorrow
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

When I was a young man, first round of the spring after a 2 month layoff.  The weather was bad.  First time I ever broke 40 for 9 holes.  I think the key was just trying to make solid contact.  No trying to work the ball or hit shots fancier than my ability.  Just hitting putts and chips near the hole.  No hero shots.


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:44 AM

I once took a 6 week layoff for a move and a vacation and came back after 1 range session to shoot my all time best 76. I think being relaxed and no expectations helps a lot for racking up pars and playing within abilities.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:56 AM

The bad habits are gone, no expectations makes the game easier.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:33 AM

Last year didnt touch a club all Feb, March or April because I was frustrated with my game (mainly putting).  Played first week of May and shot 69 on a course rated 76.8.  Had a 3 putt and a 4 putt.  Thought I found something and played a bunch the rest of the month and even signed up for a tournament again.  The old ways quickly returned.  I've played 4 times since then.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:15 AM

Don't know what a prolonged layoff is but I have had some fantastic rounds after having not touched a club for 2 weeks.  Sometimes you just need to let your mind and body reset.
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 06:41 PM

Didnt golf in a month. Played 9 today and shot 2 over. Hit every fairway and should have probably shot even lower. I usually shoot in the 80's btw.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 07:37 PM

I got out today after a couple weeks of not playing.  Hit the first 5 fairways and greens.  Crazy game we play.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:47 AM

Some of the best rounds I have ever had are the first or second one of the year. It's like I spend all winter forgetting all my bad habits for a couple rounds. Then they smack me in the face and rear their ugly head again. lol

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