I didn't play golf for most of 2018 due to various commitments and a loss of desire for the game (caused by my lack of progress/improvement).
I was invited to play 9 holes on Boxing day where I thoroughly "shamed" myself (and the game of golf). I executed 2 shots which I have not played in 2 decades and thought I was cured of them - a fresh air and a pop-up off the tee!
Another shot I played is what I call the "vanishing ball" shot where you hit the ball flush off the tee, making the perfect sound and you execute the perfect follow-through and you instantaneously imagine the ball sailing 200m+ straight down the fairway, only to discover that the ball is nowhere to be seen. I turn to my fellow hackers and ask hopefully "where the fnck did that go?" They all look at each other puzzled and reply in unison "fncked if I know". The ball simply vanishes on impact without a trace.
Well I went out at 6:00am on New Years day for 9 holes to try to redeem myself and am happy to report 2 pars, 3 missed par putts (plus a couple of triple bogeys to remind me not to give up my day job)) and I did NOT play any of the above mentioned shots.
"Golf Is Like Sex... When it's good, it's terrific. When it's bad, it's still pretty good."