I bought a new set of AP1 712 irons last month. I live in NY, so I couldn't get out and swing them until about two weeks ago. The first two days I hit them (4-9, as well as my SM4 wedges), I was striking the ball better than I ever had. Compressing the ball well, taking nice, chunky divots and hitting the ball pretty much any way I wanted to. Literally effortless. Now, I am confused to say the least. I'm now suddenly almost never making clean contact, and when I do, I push the ball, and it fades even further right. If I took 20 swings, maybe once I would hit the ball straight and clean. Nothing feels right- my grip, stance, posture, takeaway, balance, downswing and follow through. I feel like I am unable to lift the club after making contact with the ball. I've had slumps before, but going into the season with problems like this is making me absolutely NUTS. I'm wondering if I should just put the clubs down for a few weeks and start over later...I'm also considering lessons from a PGA pro, but I am not a fan of the pro at my local course.
What have you guys done to help break yourselves out of such hard times?!