After playing the best golf of my life at the tail end of last summer, I have just come out of the most torrid winter of appalling golf.
I have had loads of lessons and every season start with a MOT just to make sure the basics are right - I am yet to have that this year.
I won one of our Majors shooting one over in September and thought 'here I go' and was cut to 8.1 (now up to 8.6) - since then I have been really trying to step up to the next level but without any success.
I have a natural fade and am not a long hitter so have been desperately trying to hit a gentle draw to eek out a bit more distance.
Over the winter months my golf has gone from bad to worse and I really started to go off the game.
BUT I have one really bad habit.
I know what I am supposed to do but don't always apply it - this isn't a conscious decision, it just seems to happen and every year something basic seems to go drastically wrong !
I suddenly lost a lot of distance and even your standard 100yd shot seemed to fill my head with worry.
I tried everything from ball position to posture to alignment and it just got worse and I mean really poor.
Last night someone very casually pointed out that my right hand was covering my left hand as I gripped the club which often resulted in a high, wide and not so handsome slice/push.
I changed it back to where it should be and immediately saw a huge improvement. So much so that I shot level par over nine holes. I gained my distance again and hit seven out of nine greens and the other two landed and ran across the green.
Why had I let my grip go down the pan ? I don't know, it just happened and I never noticed.
All the guys I play with are loads better than me and at times I have felt a little embarrassed playing with them.
Last night the confidence returned and golf is a great game again rather than 18 holes of anxiety and pain.
What can I do to make sure that this never happens again ? I have no clue.
Why does it happen to me and not the other guys ? I have no clue.
How can I teach myself not to let my brain subconsciously take over ? I have no clue.
To cap it all, I told my better half (who knows nothing about golf) last night that I had been trying to hit a draw etc etc
Her reply made me think.
She said 'All the guys always say how straight you hit it so why do you want to hit it with a curl ? Just do what you're good at and try and do that better !!'
Any advice would be well received to make sure that I don't waste another six months of my golfing life.