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Old 11-29-2016, 11:28 PM
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Default Surprising result after not playing 2 weeks

I used to play almost every single day, 2 or more rounds. The last year it became more like 2-3 times per week. I used to throw consistant 375 ft and max of 395-405 best, the last year great drives became 350 and consistant is 310, however my midrange distances went from 300 to 290. Anyways I have been busy and have been unable to play for 2 weeks. I expected mediocre distance at best. First cold throw on our new local course on non concrete pad on 325 ft hole is parked. Rest of the round I was throwing mids great and bombing drivers like I used to, in 35 degrees outside. I found this to be odd with the mediocre conditions and natural teepads.


Anyone else had this happen?
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:26 AM
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2 weeks isn't that long to go without playing. I would expect my same level of play after just two weeks. I get the same distances as you, maybe a tad less. Measured a drive a couple days ago at 390ft (not with udisc, with a legit measuring tool), that's about as good as it gets for me on flat ground with calm weather.
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:26 AM
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:32 AM
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Dead arm is real. Even two weeks off can make a major difference.
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:49 AM
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You've built up enough muscle memory from playing daily that a two week stretch of not playing isn't enough to undo that. If you continue to go long stretches without playing, then you will start to see a difference.

I also find that distance isn't the first to go, it's accuracy. If I'm just throwing for distance, I'll have a few more duds than normal mixed in, but the ones that I get right are still going just as far as they used to. But on the course, I'm going to hit more trees than fairways.
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:49 AM
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I often find that I play better after a long break. But then, I am not great to begin with so maybe that has something to so with it too...
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:08 AM
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I think this happens a lot. When you go hard on something for a while you get better and then can platuea. Something about taking a break and coming back brings a fresh feel to it, I'm sure it has to do with desensitizing to it and you're getting less and less dopamine and other feel good chems from you brain. Then when you come back the novelty and fun come back in full swing. I've seen this play itself out in other sports, sex, poker, drugs. It's just how the brain words when it's comes to repeptition. Food can really teach you about this, if you eat steak and lobster 3 times a week you stop appreciating it. If you don't eat for 2 days the most boring sandwhich is like a gormet meal.

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Old 11-30-2016, 11:17 AM
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I think this happens a lot. When you go hard on something for a while you get better and then can platuea. Something about taking a break and coming back brings a fresh feel to it, I'm sure it has to do with desensitizing to it and you're getting less and less dopamine and other feel good chems from you brain. Then when you come back the novelty and fun come back in full swing. I've seen this play itself out in other sports, sex, poker, drugs. It's just how the brain words when it's comes to repeptition. Food can really teach you about this, if you eat steak and lobster 3 times a week you stop appreciating it. If you don't eat for 2 days the most boring sandwhich is like a gormet meal.
I like the way you think.

Funny cause this time of year my courses are flooded and it rains almost every day so I play maybe 2-3 times over October - April. I find it takes me a good 15 throws before I'm hitting my usual distances, or in other words I'm warm by the end of the round haha. My putting never seems to leave. I didn't play for more than a year once and I could still putt but had to build up my distance again.
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:02 PM
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I never notice a distance drop with time off. Sometimes im surprised when i go out first few throws can be easy crushes lol.

Putting on the other hand...
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:05 PM
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There's a reason why pitchers generally pitch better on 5 days rest than 3 days rest.
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