Is it Time for a Slump?

Golf is exciting and challenging every time I hit the links. I never know what is going to happen and this is all part of the game. For me, this is all part of the draw of playing golf. Starting on 23 April, I have 22 games recorded for my handicap and at least 15+ other times on the links. That is a fair bit of golf in such a short time and it is about now in years past I entered into a mini slump.

A mini slump is no big deal!

I am not sure why I go into a slump, but this year I want to avoid it. I think being aware of the potential challenges ahead is important and trying to determine why I go into a slump will definitely help.

 

As I think back to years past, I realize that the main reason I go into a slump is that I lose my mental edge. I find it challenging to focus on the finer points of each round and execute routine shots. I am not sure if it is because I am tired or just loosing interest because I play so much. Really, I am not entirely sure; but it happens and it is part of my short golf season.

Kayaking is a definite summer activity!

I know that I become a bit fatigued about this time of year because I am trying to pack so much activity into a short time that I forget to pace myself. This definitely contributes to my mini slump; however, it is not the only thing. My attention is also pulled in different directions such as kayaking, fixing up our yard, enjoying time with family, and of course working. I realize that this a life (a great one at that) and it does contribute to my mini slump.

Does this happen to you during your golf season?

This year, I am going to manage things a bit better. I still plan to play often, but I think I will play just a bit less and practice a bit more. Practice, I think, is the key to preventing my slump. It will allow me to remain mentally and physically sharp because it will complement all the other activities I want to do during our short summer.

In the bigger picture of my golf game, a mini slump is no big deal. It is all part of a golfer’s game, however, the trick is to ensure my mini slump does not turn into something bigger.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

 

 

13 thoughts on “Is it Time for a Slump?

  1. Hi Jim,
    no golf this week,100+ mph winds, rain, sleet and snow, and I was keen to get out and prove my last poor round was not the start of a mini slump. Hoping the weather improves for Monday. I must say that no matter what activity I am engaged in, I always manage to have some thoughts on my golf.

    Pete

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  2. Jim,

    I think switching up our practice routine with new drills or maybe practicing with another person might help keep you on your toes. Hopefully, then that would translate to the course. Just my two cents, best of luck!

    -Sully

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  3. Jim, I think we hit slumps when our minds enter cruise control. To help avoid, you might want to change something from your routine. Maybe sign up for a competition that you can focus on. That usually gets the synapses firing. Have you seen signs of entering the slump or are just considering from a historical perspective?

    Brian

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  4. I don’t have to worry about a season, and I never really thought about my golf being in a slump. I guess you can say I’ve experienced that, but, to me I feel more like it’s always been a bit of a roller coaster. The highs and lows have flattened out a bit as I’ve gotten better, but still it seems more like I ride at a certain level and once every 2 or 3 months, all the pieces come together and I have a great round where it felt like driving, chipping and putting where all in sync and easy all day. In between, I struggle with one of another piece at least part of the round.

    This time of year though is usually the worst for me. For the next three months, it’s too hot out there. Hot and muggy. And that means sweat in the eye’s and on the glasses. Getting bloated trying to keep hydrated and then sweating some more. The ground is a bit soft because the storms blow through almost daily and the breezes are strong, but hot and heavy and you loose distance.

    I do have one course that provides a bit of help. Across the bay in a suburb of Tampa, we have a 9 hole course (par 3’s & 4’s) that has lights so I can play at night. It might be time for me to wait for the sun to go down and take a little longer drive for my next round. A round of golf in the moonlight can do wonders for the soul.

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