Golf is a game. It’s a complex, difficult, fickle game. As you devote more time and energy to golf, you will inevitably, at some point, find yourself in a slump. We all have to battle through difficult times. We have all questioned whether all the work was worth it. In my journey I have found that the slump is the least of my problems and that how I deal with it makes all the difference. 

Playing golf is different than practicing. On the range you are loose and swinging freely. On the range you usually have lower expectations and don’t always choose a target. You also hit one club repetitively. If you hit a bucket of balls with a 7 iron, you should be hitting it well. You put all of this together, however, and it doesn’t resemble the game of golf. You can certainly try to play like you practice, but I propose framing it a different way:

Golf should be fun. When golf becomes a chore you need to mix it up and challenge your mind. Here are a few games to play on the course to expose your strengths and weaknesses, in the end you will have a better understanding of your game.