Every player goes through a golf slump—even PGA and LPGA pros. Sometimes they’re short. Sometimes they’re long. You’ve probably gone through a slump or two in your golf game over the years. What causes these slumps and how to break out of a golf slump is anyone’s guess.
Slumps aren’t fun. They can hurt your scores and your golf handicap, and they can frustrate you. So you don’t want to stay them for too long, like a whole season. Ideally, you want to break out of a golf slump as soon as possible, which is why we’ve provided the golf tips below. They’ll help you beat slumps and get you back on track quickly.
Some of these golf tips can also help when coming back after a long layoff from the game. Coming back is hard to do—especially if you stopped playing because of an injury. You feel rusty and weak, and your swing is out of whack. But keeping our golf tips in mind when you do start playing again can help you recover your swing—and your game—quickly.
- Key on one method — To break out of a downturn in your game or get back on track after a long layoff, focus on one method and one method only to recover your swing. Don’t fall prey to every method out there or to the latest fad that’s making the rounds. Instead, go back to basics. Use the golf tip newsletters and drills on our website to help you create a game plan, then execute it.
- Develop/employ “go to” shots — Remember back when Tiger won a tournament but said he didn’t bring his “A” game. Well, you have to be like that. You have to learn how to play well when you don’t have you’re A game. One way to do that is to develop “go to” shots. Those are shots that you can pull out of your back and hit correctly 8 out of 10 times. You pull them out when other things are working.
- Go to extremes — All golfers develop bad habits. Those bad habits might be why you’re not playing so well. To rid yourself of those bad habits, you may want to go to extremes. For example, if you’re leaning the shaft too far forward when hitting irons, don’t just try to stop doing that. Go to the opposite extreme. Try delivering the club early so your hands are even with the ball at impact.
- Play through minor injuries — We all get minor injuries—a bruised thumb, a slight ankle sprain, a sore muscle—that can lead to poor play. But good golfers don’t let minor injuries stop them. They find ways around them either by changing their grips or making minor swing adjustments to compensate for the injury. Develop a mindset that reflects this goal and it will help you get out of a slump faster.
- Take a break when playing poorly — Sometimes the best thing you can do when you’re playing poorly is to take a break. Golf has a way of beating you up. And sometimes the best thing to do is put the clubs away and forget about the game for a while. Go out and do other things you enjoy, like fishing or reading. When you come back, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to do battle again.
- Review the basics — If committing basic errors, like shanking the ball, and you can’t find a remedy, see a teaching professional or someone that can help you correct the problem. Trying to figure it out yourself can frustrate you if the problem persists. Consulting a teaching pro about the swing flaw, on the other hand, can save you a lot of time and effort as well as a lot of frustration. He or she can work with you to correct the problem and give you drills to ingrain his or her golf tips.
We all like to play well every time we go out. So it’s no fun when we’re in a golf slump or are trying to come back after a long layoff and playing poorly. But if you want to break 80 consistently, you can let poor play ruin your game—even if you have a minor injury.
Instead, go back to the basics you learned previously and use the golf tips discussed above to help you break out of your golf slump. If you still can’t figure it out after all that, consult a teaching pro. He or she can quickly spot what you’re doing and wrong and help you make the necessary corrections, saving you time and effort.