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Can I ever become a competent golfer?

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I am 53 and have played golf most of my life, but never seriously, 5 or 6 times a year at most. In the last 3 years I have taken it up and have been playing weekly, sometimes twice a week. I have taken lessons from 3 different, highly regarded teachers in my area. I practice at the range at least once a week, usually more.

I cannot improve. My last score (yesterday 103 -) was worse than my first (over 3 years ago - 98). It's getting very frustrating and I'm thinking of just stoping playing as it's beginning to not be fun anymore. I have always been very good at sports, but I'm just not getting this one.

My short game and putting are ok, but when it comes to iron play and off the tee, I just stink. Maybe every third shot is decent. Every once in a while I will have a good round where I think I am getting it, but the next 10 rounds are abysmal. I almost never break 100.

I realize without seeing me swing it's hard to advise, but any have any ideas on why I can't improve? Is 53 just too late to try? Will some people just never get it?

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Welcome from Canada 🇨🇦

Personally, I've found the harder I try, the worse I get. I'm at the range and will try to hit that thing as hard as I can and still maintain control. NEVER seems to go further and all I get out of the exercise is tired.

I relax, what a shot !

As an amateur (the best I ever hit was an 89 on a regular course and that was 40 yr ago), all I can offer is: just relax, don't try to hit it as hard as you can (remember, the last foot of your swing delivers the most power so get your hands moving and not just your arms/hips) and the distance will come.
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