So what is a slump anyway? Ever have one in anything you do?
Why do they happen?
I?ve got one now, right smack dab in the middle of
tournament season. My driver has gone south for the winter, & my putter is
thinking about packing its bags & leaving too, although it might stay
around for a while, just to piss me off. My irons just aren?t quite sure yet,
sometimes they work, sometimes they don?t.
It all started with the round from hell a few weeks back.
Things just stopped working for no apparent reason. They may start working for
a while, and then decide to stop again with amazing rapidity. I can?t figure it
out. The more I try & fix something, make subtle changes to get things back
to the way they were, the worse it seems to get. The more I try & ?think? about
how I did things when they worked, the worse things get. Today, a playing
partner said that my left shoulder looked hunched up on my drives. News to me,
but now I?ll think about it & probably screw things up even more.?
You know what? I think that THINKING puts you in a slump.
The more you think about things, the more you tend to mess with what WAS
working & make it worse. I guess ?if it ain?t broke, don?t fix it.? But
what happens when it IS ?broke?? What do you do? I think (there I go again, thinking!)
you have to play more, relax into the game & perhaps hit the range. The
problem here is, when you work all day, you can?t do that. Well, I suppose you
could, but at the expense of your domestic life. The problem there is finding
the time to do it when you have other commitments.
Looking back at past scores over the last month or so, I
have some pretty good ones, & some pretty poor ones. You know what, almost
without exception the bad ones are centered on tournaments. Close to them, or
during them. I don?t seem to have much of a problem when the damn things aren?t
on my mind. On my mind?there I go ?thinking? again.
So, a slump happens. See what ?thinking? does! I must
remember to stop it?DOH?there I go again!
Filed under Golf, Sep 22, 2005
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