I go through it every year, I am sure most golfers, professional and amateur alike go through it (it is all relative of course) every year. A slump.
Typically, mine hits near the 3rd week of July, right after Intersectionals and lasts to the second/third week of August. I normally find it is my golf game telling me I need a break, take a minute and regroup. I tend to come out of the slump in time for club championships, but not always.
This year my slump has come early, and is less a slump of results and more a slump of consistency. My scores are yo-yo’ing all over the place, 79 one day, 87 the next, 78 the next, etc. It is frustrating.
Stats – June 1 – 22 (11 rounds) vs June 23 – July 8 (10 rounds)
Scoring average – 78.7 vs 81.2
Handicap – 5.8 vs 6.6
Fairways hit – 47% vs 62%
Putts – 1.74 vs 1.79
GIR – 47% vs 44%
My assumption before looking at the stats is that my putting has been garbage, but the stats suggest otherwise. While putting is not good, it hasn’t gotten much worse the past 2 weeks.
It is interesting that I am hitting way more fairways, but less greens. Which suggests at least part of what is going on is my iron play. To confirm I look at my GIRs on par 3s, since I hit an iron on almost all par 3s. This shows the complete opposite of what I was looking for, I am actually hitting slightly more greens on par 3 now then I was 3 weeks ago (44% vs 46%).
So the answer is not par 3s, what about par 5s, where one would typically make their birdies, maybe that is the issue. This sheds some light, 3 weeks ago I was hitting par 5s in regulation 66% of the time, now 58% of time, which certainly leads to more bogeys.
When I look at par 4s I see a GIR of 41% vs 39%, slightly lower, but probably not significant.
If I look at scoring per hole, I see that my par 3 scoring has gone from 3.2 to 3.4, slightly up. Par 4s show 4.6 vs 4.6, so no change there. Par 5s shows a change of 5.1 to 5.4, another slight change.
Part of my conclusion is I need to hit more GIR, and to do this I need to hit my irons better.
The remaining conclusion is I need to get better when I miss greens. June 1 – 22 I averaged 2.8 up and downs per round, while June 23 – July 8 that number drops to 1.1 up and downs per round. The last few rounds I seem to have gotten a little better with the wedges around the green, so hopefully this continues.
This weekend is OVGA Intersectionals and I am hoping to bring my A game. I will likely take a couple of days off to regroup before going hard the last few days before the event.
See you at the turn,