Getting Back In The Swing

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By Kevin C

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  1. Kevin C

    Kevin C
    New York

    Hi everyone, new TT member here but a once avid Titleist golfer. Basically gave the game up about 11-12 years ago. I was a 7 handicap in my prime playing/caddying days, but I've played exactly 4 rounds since 2010. I'm 36 now and my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world back in October. I really want to introduce him to the game and figured now is as good a time as any to get back into it myself.

    Wasn't sure how to go about it, and didn't want to drop a ton of money only to get frustrated and discouraged, so I tried as best I could to rebuild my bag from 2005 when I was really playing well via eBay. Here's my current WITB setup:

    983E 8.5 Speeder S-Flex 980 15 degree 3 wood Titleist 4375 S-Flex 980 17 degree 5 wood Aldilla S-Flex 735 CM's 3-PW Steel True Temper 54 degree Vokey 260*12 60 degree Vokey 260*12 Odyssey 2-ball putter Titleist Players 4 USA stand bag (the only thing I insisted on buying new)

    Anyway, I was wondering if anyone on here went through as long of a layoff from the game as I did, and if so, I'd love to hear any advice you have about regaining your confidence and getting to a point where you felt ready to play 18 again. I'm lucky enough to have 2 driving ranges w/practice facilities near me that are open at night, so I'm using this time now to really try and get some consistency back in my swing.

    Really looking forward to learning a lot from this forum, the information on here has been awesome from what I've seen already. Hit 'em straight, everyone!

  2. Dave N

    Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

    I took a 15 year layoff from golf, it's taken me 2 years to get back to where I want.Good luck and be patient grasshopper.
  3. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    The biggest change in golf is happening right now on the course: no rakes, no touching the flagstick, no drinking water on course, one person per cart, and whatever local rules apply. This Covid golf is a different animal...not bad, not good, just different.
    Welcome back to this great game and don't rush it. Hit the range a few times and practice that short game!
  4. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Welcome back! I have not experienced a gap nearly that long but I do know golfers with good fundamentals recover pretty quickly. Something to be said for that quote, "like riding a bike". Might fall down a few times and get off to a wobbly start but guessing the feel will come back quicker than you expect. Couldn't be a better reason to progress than the opportunity to pass it onto the next generation. Keep us posted on your progress. Hit'm straight and stay safe!
  5. Welcome back! I stopped playing in 2009 and took the game up again in 2019. I was a 16 when I stopped and a 30+ when I started up again. I’m now a 27. At 64 it can be frustrating how much distance I’ve lost, but I’m coming down.
  6. BCH

    BCH

    Welcome back Kevin.

    I went from playing or practicing almost everyday to twenty-five some years later to not playing more than a couple rounds of business golf a year at most. As Dale said, "just like riding a bike".... For me, it was a process of getting healthy and gym workouts three times a week for a year. One miniscus surgery later and here I am ready to go.

    It is a process so be patient. Don't over do it (miniscus) and be accepting if it takes you a while to get that 7 handicap back.

    Glad you made it back!
  7. Anthony C

    Anthony C
    Tinton Falls NJ

    Welcome to TT!
  8. Jim S

    Jim S
    East Point, GA

    Welcome back Kevin.Hope 2020 is a great year for you and your game. Thanks for bringing a new golfer to the game. Hope he is a Team Titleist member and Titleist player.
  9. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Not that long. Have been off for seven months. Had back surgery and yesterday was my first day back on the course. Have been doing the driving range thing for about three weeks between the rain storms. Actually shot the same score I shot on this course on 11/11/2019. Before I started getting all the injections and I could barely walk a short distance due to the pain in my left side. Trying to get out of sixth gear and maybe down to third gear.
    The tempo is not very good right now. Welcome back and know you will find a new love for the game. Looking forward to see how the progress goes. Oh, welcome to TT and to the new addition to the family. Your input will be greatly appreciated. Cheers......

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