11 ways to make golf fun again
Golf burnout can be a thing even if you love golf. Despite all the happiness the game can give us, the unrelenting difficulty can lead to prolonged bouts of frustration. Have you reached the end of the line with the game, where it feels more like a burden than a fun activity?
Sometimes a simple tweak can restore your relationship with the game, so we’re here to help with 11 ways to make golf fun again. Before you head out for another miserable ride—or worse, hang sticks for good—try some of these.
1. Play with only five clubs in your bag
When golf stops being fun, it’s usually because we have too many technical swing ideas running through our heads. Instead of worrying about the angle of the face and the plane of the shaft, we need to tap into our creativity.
To force more imagination, consider bringing only five clubs for your next round. With fewer options, you’ll have to play shots that you normally wouldn’t. When you’re between clubs (and you’ll be a lot), you’ll have to play with more finesse and not focus so much on technical terms.
2. Move Even front tees
Low confidence? Are you bored of hitting the same shots in the same track every day? Try moving all the way to the front tees for a few rounds. You’ll pay off shots you didn’t need before and see the cycle in a new way – hopefully refreshing. And your score will (most likely) drop, restoring self-confidence that the game has stripped you of.
3. Mix up your quartet
Your frustration with golf may be misleading. Perhaps you are in a rut with your usual game, and the feelings are not the same as before. Next time you’re looking to head out for a spin, try a new combination. You’ll quickly know if the problem is golf or the company.
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4. Stop Scoring
Sometimes it can be hard to separate our results from who we are as golfers. When we go through inevitable stretches where our scores are higher than normal, we struggle with the feeling that we’re not meeting expectations.
Are you experiencing a golfer identity crisis? Get rid of the scorecard and pencil and stop letting go of a number that determines whether the round you just played is worth it. Without the number taxing your trust, you’ll be free to start enjoying the game again.
5. Try curved shots a lot
Think ‘Bubba Golf’. A desperate attempt to hit 2 yards and a kid fade can age quickly, especially when the ball contains more… creative plans. Instead, aim correctly (like this way) and lift it backwards. Try the other method as well. Who cares if you succeed. The goal is to mix it up.
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6. Play an alternate format
Next time, play an alternate take with a friend. Or if you’re playing on an empty track late at night, hit two balls and try the scramble yourself. There are plenty of noteworthy formats other than the standard 18 hole punches.
7. Play 9 holes instead of 18
You may be tired of golf turning into an all-day round of five-hour rounds and 19-hole drinks. Try playing for a quick nine and enjoy the extra hours that are suddenly freed.
8. take a lesson
Note the single “lesson”. If you’re playing poorly and aren’t sure why, a lesson with a local professional may yield a simple remedy. Just make sure not to fall into the trap of multiple lessons from different teachers, which will push you further into swinging ideas. Now is not the time for an overhaul – you are just trying to get back to “normal”.
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9. Old clubs break out
If you have old persimmon bushes or an iron blade from the last century, now is the time to get rid of them. Sure, smaller sweet spots will lead to some bad shots, but mixing them will lower your expectations and provide a new and fun challenge. And when you return to your modern clubs, the game may seem a little easier.
10. Play at a different time of the day
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Golfers love routine – and that includes playing time. Try to change it. Dew sweepers, try to chase the sunset and vice versa. The cycle will play differently, and you may appreciate the new routine.
11. Take a two week vacation
If you’ve tried all these 10 tips and you’re still not enjoying the game, it’s time to take a break. Put the sticks away for two weeks and see if the itch returns. The schedule will be different from person to person, but the game has a way of always bringing us back.
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