Golf tip: Fight your way through a golf slump
As many of you know, Steve Stricker has managed to rise from the land of,
“What ever happened to…?”
Back in the early 90’s Stricker was on top of his game and was one of the players that was consistent in almost every category. Then suddenly, he disappeared. He lost his game like Ian Baker-Finch and David Duval. Stricker seriously considered retiring from the grind of tournament golf and doing something else to feed his family. But in his heart he still had the desire to play golf.
The problem was his golf game would not allow him to.
Living in Wisconsin, the hub of winter golf, he set out to be the player he once was. Stricker’s biggest problem was controlling his driver. So for three hours a day, in the winter, he hit practice balls from a heated, converted trailer to find the solution. The results are what we have been seeing the past couple of years..
Stricker is one of the PGA Tour’s nice guys and is genuinely liked by other players. He has risen to #3 in the world.
What does Stricker’s story mean to other players? You have to work through those rough periods in golf. Here are some tips to get you through your next golf slump:
1. Never give up. We all go through periods when we are not playing particularly well and the key is to find the weakness that is cause of that. Sometimes it is ball striking and other times it is the short game and in rare cases it is both!
2. Always practice with a purpose. Virtually all players practice incorrectly, they go to the range and hit balls, which is only exercise, but they almost always do not have a plan for improvement. I recommend rehearsal swings then hit one ball, rehearse and hit one ball, and so on to build a feel for what you are trying to accomplish.
3. Driver, wedge, and putter account for approximately 78 percent of all strokes, so spend the majority of your practice time with these clubs.
4. Work on distance control. If the best 5-iron you have ever hit in your life is 180 yards then your 5-iron distance is not 180 yards! It is generally less then that. Hit 12 shots with each club, take out the longest and shortest and average the remaining 10. That is your average distance for each club or come to Destin Florida and work with us on Trackman. Trackman WILL tell you exactly how far you hit every club in the air!
5. Mirror work: You can build a world class golf swing by using mirrors, tape, and flashlights. These are used indoors so that you can see what you are doing.
6. Find someone to help you in your quest for improvement. There are Medicus Golf Institute Certified Instructors located around the country, visit the website to find the one closest to you.
7. Remember that golf is a game. Unless you are playing golf for a living, golf is still a game. Get outside and enjoy the surroundings, your playing partners, and the time to get away from the rigors of everyday life.