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.
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.
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!