Darren Scholes Golf

15 tips for getting out of your golf slump

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Hello and thanks for clicking this article. Believe me I know what it’s like to be in a slump and the tips I am going to share with you really do help. Whether you are reading this for Golf or other areas of your life I have used these, I have coached others also these techniques and I am sure they will help you too.

1. ONE GOAL.   

Whenever I have been in a slump, I’ve discovered it’s when I’m trying to do too many things at once. And it saps energy and motivation. You can’t maintain energy if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. You have to choose ONE GOAL at once and focus on it completely. You can start on the other goals in your life once you have achieved your ONE GOAL.

2. BE INSPIRED.

Inspiration comes from others who have achieved what you want to achieve. Read about them, learn about them online and get your inspiration to do the same.

3. GET EXCITED.

This sounds obvious but you have to get excited about your goal. Being inspired by others is a start. For me talking to my wife, reading and visualizing succeeding gives me the energy to break out of the slump. It’s then a matter of gaining some momentum and keeping it going.

4. SET A DATE!

A lot of people fail here. Don’t start straight away. Build anticipation. Set a date in the future, a week or two, or even a month. Put it in your Calendar, set a reminder in your phone. Get excited about that date. Make this the most important date in your life for now. Before the date start writing a plan. By delaying the start you can increase your focus and energy for your goal.

5. WRITE IT DOWN

Post your goal in big words. Put it on your mirror, on the fridge, on the kitchen wall, on your computer desktop. It doesn’t matter where you post it but it will give you a daily reminder to keep you focussed on your goal.

6. COMMIT PUBLICLY

No one likes to do bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to achieve something we have said publicly. You don’t have to put it in the national newspapers but committing to your family, friends, colleagues will hold yourself responsible for success. Also keep them updated on your progress.

7. THINK ABOUT YOUR GOAL DAILY

If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. And if you commit just 5 minutes each and every day (even Sunday’s) your goal will almost certainly come true.

8. GET SUPPORT

It’s very difficult to achieve something alone. This is where I as a golf coach (hopefully already your coach) come in for your golfing needs. My wife has been my biggest supporter in my life and without her help I would never have achieved and experienced the things that I have so far. My parents, past coaches, colleagues and friends have also always been there during my mini-slumps and big slumps. My point here is I want you to find your support network either in the real world or online or both.

9. REALIZE THAT THERE ARE UPS & DOWNS

Motivation is not a constant thing. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again like the tide. A little bit like your golf game sometimes. Golf & Life are parallel worlds. I find with my students that their golf game often mirrors their personal and business life. But realize when the tide goes out it doesn’t do it permanently. It will come back, and so will you. In the meantime stick to it, be patient and do some of the things you are reading here. There is a reason while you are still reading this.

10. STICK WITH IT

Think of your goal as a long journey. Don’t give up even if you are having a bad day just see it as a little bump in the road. You can’t give up after every little bump. Stay with it for the long term.

11. START WITH SMALL STEPS

If you are struggling to get started it may be because you are thinking too big. If you want to improve your game or exercise to get fit you don’t need to start hitting thousands of balls or do intensive workouts 5 days a week. No, instead do small, tiny, baby steps. It might sound wimpy but it works. Just commit to a day/time to start your practice plan, hit 1 or 2 baskets of balls a week, do 2 minutes exercise for a week. Do it at the same time every day. Once you’ve done the first small step for a week then increase and make another small step the next week. Take small manageable steps which you can build on.

12. READ ABOUT YOUR GOAL EVERY DAY

When I lose motivation I read a book or watch an inspirational video from someone who has achieved or is already doing what I want to achieve. For some reason it helps me to get my focus back on my goal.

13. CALL FOR HELP WHEN MOTIVATION EBBS

If you are having trouble, ask for help. For some people this is very difficult. Their personal pride and feeling like a failure are feelings that lead to a slump. Call me, email me, join an online forum. Get a friend to talk to. Call your mum or dad. It doesn’t matter who, just tell them your problems and talking about it will help immensely. Ask them for advice. It works, I know it.

14. IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL

Think about the positives, not the negatives. What I mean here is imagine how you will feel once you have achieved your goal. Imagine that moment after your personal journey after what you did to get there how energised you will feel. This feeling will fuel you to achieve your goal. Imagine that. Go for it!

15. REPEL NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND REPLACE THEM

It is important to monitor your thoughts. Recognize negative self talk, this is what leads to a slump in the first place. I deal with this as a coach at all levels of the game. It is amazing when you have learned processes in place to deal with these limiting thoughts how much more fun and improvement I see. Spend a few days simply becoming aware of every negative thought and replace them immediately with a positive one. This works, believe me.

Thank you for reading, I hope this inspires and helps you, all the best for the future.

Darren

Ps, Let me know how you are doing?