Anyone ever just... lose your swing mid round?

So it's very early season, and I started out decently well.  It was a new course with poor yardage markings (only 200, 150, and 100 marks) and by no means in prime shape.  I wasn't too upset by not scoring extremely well because I was making good contact and hitting the shots I wanted.  I started getting a little to swing thoughtey (not a word I know) after the 6th but by the 8th hole I felt as if I've never hit a ball in my life.  I completely lost my swing.  The 9th was a par 3, and I scraped out a bogey.

I went to the range the next day and more or less got my swing back, but my questions are

#1 has this ever happened to you

#2 what do you do on the course to get it back?

Any advise would be much appreciated. 

#1 of course

#2 I don't think that anything I have done on the course has ever got my swing back for more than 1 shot.

Most common for me is my grip doesn't feel right, and I can't make it feel right. I go thru the same procedures for getting my grip every time but I can't get my left hand on the club right.

Sometimes after a few holes I will address the ball and my shoulders are wide open and this seems to be the neutral position for them, a good crack to the right side brings them back in line.

It is probably best to NOT make changes in your grip or swing during the round, but make changes in your aiming point and play what you got.

 

Mine usually dies between 9 and 10. Can shoot around even on the front and 9 over on the back. Everything feels exactly the same except where the ball goes. It is the most aggravating thing in the world.

Yes i think everyone had had this at somepoint in time. Somtimes its couse your trying to get cute with the ball or work it to much. Sometimes you might be trying to Force the club to do what it dose naturaly. Even though you know your yardage for that club. Sometimes you hit it with a strong grip thinking your controlling the club more and of course this leads to fustration, random swing thoughts and bad temp fixes. My suggestion. Eat a hot dog, drink a water or beer or what ever you choice of beverage is. And simply relaxe loosen your grip and swing normal. if you hit a PW 135 and thats why your trying to hit. relaxe the grip and just swing it. trust your game. It's Mostly mental.

I've had it happen. most the time it is when I get tired though. When this does happen I normally just sit down for 5-10 minutes drink some gatorade or something like that. It normally just comes back

John L

Yes i think everyone had had this at somepoint in time. Somtimes its couse your trying to get cute with the ball or work it to much. Sometimes you might be trying to Force the club to do what it dose naturaly. Even though you know your yardage for that club. Sometimes you hit it with a strong grip thinking your controlling the club more and of course this leads to fustration, random swing thoughts and bad temp fixes. My suggestion. Eat a hot dog, drink a water or beer or what ever you choice of beverage is. And simply relaxe loosen your grip and swing normal. if you hit a PW 135 and thats why your trying to hit. relaxe the grip and just swing it. trust your game. It's Mostly mental.

I think you're right John.  I was playing the other day and scoring well through 9.  I hit a thin shot on 10 over the green then got cute with my chip and left it just in the fringe.  I started to worry "not again" and felt myself getting too mechanical.  I just took a step back, thought about how nicely the flowers were coming in, and took 3 deep breaths.  The next little chip felt natural and left me with a tap in bogy.  On the following drive I didn't think about anything, and that's how I like it.  Thanks for the tips, and I'm convinced it's 99.9% mental.

I agree with John on how to 'fix' it.  Do something that takes your mind off of the game between shots.  I'll drink Gatorade or water, eat some food, or anything to keep from focusing too intensely for too long.

 

Also, by the sounds of it, you may have just hit a physical limit 8 holes into your round.  If you were fatigued or dehydrated going into your round, the effects would probably hit your in that 6-8 hole range.  Sure it is possible to lose your swing half way through a round, but if you've been playing for a while and practicing often, you'll start to know when things are going to turn south and will be able to reassess whatever it may be that you're doing wrong.  Usually it's the simple things cause the biggest problems.

I know the feeling well. It drives me nuts. My last 9 at my nightly league is a good example. Everything went to hell, and I felt like I never played before. Eventually, I forgot all about the game and only concerned myself with getting a couple of good strokes together. Forgetting about the score and the past seemed to help since I put a nice hole together on the last.

One time, I had the tale of two halves with 20 strokes between them. This was a few years ago, and I was about a 10 at the time. I showed up for my morning 18, and there were a few snow flurries in the air -- welcome to April in New England. By the 3d hole, my swing was completely gone. This course had a lot of water and woods. I lost a lot of balls and shot 98. Not good. Took a break, calmed down, had lunch, and tried to forget my round before heading to a different course for my second 18 of the day. By now, it had warmed up, and I was in short sleeves. I ended up shooting 78 that afternoon, so something brought my swing back. Most likely, it was because I had a break and was able to stop thinking about it -- something that's hard to do within the same round.

I have the same thing happen to me every once in a while. but when it happens to me it happens after i have had a bad hole. like last saturday i was 1 over through 7 and had a bad 8th hole and from then on i felt completely out of rhythm and just lost it. what i normally do when this happens is to take a deep breath, step back and take it one step at a time. good luck!!!!

Start of the round , mid round , end of the round .... That pretty much covers my game lately .... LOL

It's definitely a mental thing.  I've been trying to let my mind go blank after I decide what I want to do and it's been working.  I finally broke 80 for the first time this season.  When I hit a bad shot, I try to do what you said Owen.  I also remember an old Titleist commercial- the most important shot is the one you're about to take.

I play forged irons so it is easy for me to feel when my swing is starting to get loose before i totally lose it. It seems when i tend to lose my swing its more of a timing & tempo issue. I usually start the round fairly smooth then after a few holes when i get settled in my round, I get a little aggressive with club selection and my swing tempo speeds up, then lose my timing. I just slow things back down by taking 1 more club then needed and swinging 3/4 pace shots, this also helps me relax my hands, arms & body, also i know if i swing normal speed i will fly the green. I will find my timing then solid contact & control again. It's also important to practice this at the range, i will practice flushing 7 irons to 150 marker vs my 165+ full swing!
It used to happen and no one could tell me why. 1. I would be practicing my short game for about 45 min to an hour and a sudden case of shankitis would occur and the only way to fix it was to STOP - it would get so bad that I couldn't hit a chip shot. 2. Same thing with driving range - start out hitting short irons fine, work up to woods, and then 45 min later try to hit a 9 iron - shankitis. 3. I would be going along merrily until the 9th hole and then a meltdown would occur with 2 double bogeys and an 8. I caught up to a group on #9 and that is when it happened. What I did was sit at the 12th hole and let them move on. Got 3 pars in a row after that. 4. Got to the 16th hole one time and my shankitis got so bad that I couldn't hit a thing and had to walk in. The above happened 3 years ago. I attributed it to muscle fatigue and the right foot getting stuck on the ground. The main issue, as I found out later is you get way off balance if your swing has excessive motion and then your upper body starts getting ahead of your lower body. You do things like speeding up your swing and you start cranking and, before you know it, your're way out of whack. I've pretty much cured it by keeping the front foot planted on the backswing (I, like a lot of others, would lift the front foot on the backswing) and taking a shorter backswing, along with standing a little bit farther from the ball. If you swing easy, you'll hit it farther. The reason people slice is they try to swing too hard and come over the top. Keeping your head behind the ball and eye on it from the backswing to making contact helps also. I never had a problem with hybrids or woods with an onset of shankitis. At one time I carried a 38 degree hybrid. If my swing got whacked, I would hit partial shots with it in place of the 8-PW and eventually my rhythm would return. Hitting too many balls on the driving range is also detrimental. If you get into a shot-cranking mode, your balance gets whacked. I would go to the park after a driving range session and it would take about 15-20 min to re-establish a good rhythm. I limit my practice to short sessions (maybe 15 min at the range, 15 min at the pitching greens). Before playing golf I would go to the local park and hit a lob wedge for about 10 min. You need to warm up to get out the kinks.
What also causes "apparent" shankitis is a club that is too flat. You start standing too upright and get toe hits. Proper fitting clubs reduce the instances of "losing your swing" mid-round.

When this happens to me it's usually because I'm swinging too hard.  I tell myself to relax and then concentrate on loosening the muscles in my hands, up thru my arms, into my shoulders, neck and jaw.  Then I just try to hang on (barely) to the club and swing.