Anyone who’s played golf longer than, say, a week has suffered through a slump. A slump can engulf one’s whole golf game, or afflict just one or two parts, like driving or the short game. The end results are always the same: Rising scores and mounting frustration.
Different players handle slumps in different ways. Some identify the problem – wayward tee shots, for example – and attack it head on by seeing their PGA pro and practicing until the infection is cured. Unfortunately, this approach isn’t foolproof. History is littered with golfers, including greats like the late Seve Ballesteros, who tried everything to break a slump, to no avail.
Other players experiment with new clubs, especially if it’s the putter giving them fits. On the opposite end are golfers who quit altogether, at least temporarily. It may sound like the easy way out, but closeting the clubs for a while can actually help. That’s especially true for avid golfers who play so often that bad habits become ingrained.
A few weeks away from the course can rid the mind of negative thoughts and wipe clean the muscles’ memories of creeping swing flaws.
If you can’t bear taking a leave of absence, enlist your pro for a look-see. Pinpoint your issue and gear the golf lesson toward fixing it.