What do you do when you’re in a slump?

2011-09-01 00:00

GOLF is played for fun and relaxation although most weekend golfers do take the game seriously and try their best to record a good round of golf each time they play. It is a continual personal challenge. It’s a test of concentration, physical skill, patience, sometimes stamina and on top of that, good luck is needed to have a good score. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It may sound obvious, but golfers love to play well and absolutely hate to play badly.

It isn’t possible to play well every time we go onto the course and we often become frustrated with bad luck and poor golf shots. All golfers will acknowledge that frustration is part of the game but sometimes, after a number of bad rounds, it becomes more than frustrating, it’s downright annoying. When this happens, there is a loss of confidence to hit even the simplest shot. This is when the game is no longer fun. It just isn’t enjoyable to hack around the course every weekend, not to mention the embarrassment and displeasure of letting down your partner.

So what does a golfer do when he or she is in a serious slump? Well, you could have a long lay-off or you could give up the game. You could take up bowls but that isn’t really an option for golfers because in comparison to golf, it’s too slow, boring and you can’t even lose a ball. You could take some lessons from your local professional, then go to the range and practice instead of playing for a couple of weeks. It depends on the individual. Some golfers carry on regardless and they play through a slump even if the thought of playing golf badly makes them feel nauseous. Others need a complete break from the game for a while but the danger of that is they don’t easily return to being regular golfers. They get out of the habit of playing because they find something else to do on Saturday afternoons that won’t disappoint or upset them.

Last weekend’s results

Victoria Country Club held a four ball betterball Stableford competition on Saturday afternoon. It was won by P. Muller and D. Frankish on 42 points. In second place were P. Berrange and P. Newman with 41 points.

Maritzburg Golf Club held a fundraiser for the Old Apostolic Church played as a four-ball betterball Stableford. The winners on a count-out with 45 points were U. Vosloo and M. Wooldridge. Second were C. Rowley and D. Sutherland.

From the 19th hole

Harry and Fred were chatting after their weekly game of golf. Harry said: “How long is it since you reported your wife missing?” Fred replied: “It’s been three weeks now.” Harry said: “I think you had better prepare yourself for the worst.” Fred asked: “Does that mean I’ll have to bring her clothes back from the charity shop?”

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