In a Slump? This is What I Do To Bust Them!

In a Slump? This is What I Do To Bust Them!

By: Nick Bockenfeld, PGA
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Everyone who has ever played golf has gone through a slump at least once. Where you have been playing good golf, then suddenly, BAM, you suck again. There are various ways this can happen, and those don’t really matter; what does matter is you are playing bad golf, and you need a way out. I am here to give you a few ways out of a slump; if you are in a slump, whatever you do, do not keep doing what it is you are doing. Going through your everyday practice and routine will not help you get out of your slump; you have got to change things up!


The CTRL Way

This one is straightforward, requires some work, but in reality, pretty simple. Purchase a CTRL Swing Master Training aid, get the CTRL Swing Master Training aid, then use the CTRL Swing Master Training aid to master your best swing. It's simple; just go practice with your new CTRL Swing Master Training Aid.


The Easy Way

The easiest way to drop a slump like it's hot is to take 2 weeks off, or a week if you can’t take 2. This method is, without a doubt, the easiest way to get out of a slump; it's the turn it on and off again of golf. Don’t take a full swing, don’t go chip, don’t go putt. This process hits the reset switch, so when you get back to playing, you enjoy it more, you’ve reset, and you will play pretty good since you aren’t thinking any bad swing thoughts; you just get to go back out and enjoy the game for that first round back. I promise that golf will be much more enjoyable and this method will help you play better. This is my surefire, “can’t be beat” way. I used it a couple of weeks ago; I had a mental block where I could not hit a fairway no matter what I tried. I took a week off, as much as I could take, and then went right back, hit driver great, played a great golf course, and it reminded me why I enjoy golf so much.


The Grind

This one sounds exactly like what it is; you go grind. “The grind” is a challenging way to get through a slump; you just need to practice. You grind out whatever your problem is; you just go hit balls and figure it out. I don’t often recommend this as the slump breaker because it can lead to bad habits if you aren’t careful. However, use mirrors and videos and be careful not to create those bad habits. If you were a smart player, though, you would have already purchased a CTRL Swing Master Training Aid, and you could just use that and get your tempo, club face, and club path right, but since you don’t, you have to grind for hours and hours and hours. You need to focus on tempo and keeping your body in sync, I certainly don’t recommend this route, but if you have a tournament or round you have to play well coming up, you probably just have to do it.



You can always take a lesson to clear a slump. Lessons with an experienced teacher can help you score and get your game back on track. A coach can get a relatively good idea about what your swing should be doing, and if you are off in some way, they can get you back on track nice and quick. A great example of this is I was having issues with my wedges, hitting short 50 to 80-yard shots; I had many issues. I went to a lesson with Sinclair, my coach at the time, and he gave me a new feeling to focus on; it changed everything. Wedges went from being my worst club to my best overnight. I still use that feeling today, and I am a pretty good wedge player, if I say so myself. If you have never tried a lesson, it might be just what you need to come out of this slump.


Change A Club

Changing clubs is usually never the answer; it's typically the archer, not the arrow, right? Well sometimes. However, sometimes you can get in such a bad spot with a club that you just have zero confidence in it, so you just need to switch it up and come back with some confidence. This happens a lot with putters; if I am putting terrible, sometimes I just go ahead and switch putters, and it will help a lot. The same can be said for a driver or a driver shaft. Throw a new shaft in a driver, which completely changes your game. Whatever club is giving you trouble, try messing around with an old club or buy a new club if you can. Who knows. A change of club can be an excellent slump breaker.


Switch Things Up

As I said earlier, switching things up can help get out of a slump. If you don’t want to switch clubs, try changing how you play a course. Play from the front tees, move up a box or two and hit irons off every tee. Or make it harder on yourself and play from your normal tees and only hit irons off the tee; take the driver out of your hand! Another way to switch it up a little is to go out and play a single-person scramble; take 2 balls off each shot, choose the best, and see how low you can go! You can also play the worst ball scramble. This is when you take the worst shot each time and play that into the hole; if you miss a putt, you’ll have to putt again. It's a challenging way to play. The goal is to change how you play the game for a round or two. This method allows you to break out of any monotony you might have fallen into.



The best way out of a slump is to change things up or use a CTRL Swing Master and use a model that helped you hit the ball well. I also think taking time off is an easy way to break a slump. The middle of summer in Texas is an opportune time to take off since every day it is over 100 degrees. Or a crappy winter will be good for time off. Overall, slumps are hard to break, and it may take a couple of these methods.

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