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By Jeanette Lee
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September: Slump Busting
September 2010
Q. What is the easiest way to get out of a slump?
Chuck; Laurel, Miss

A. Boy, that's really tough. First, I can tell you is that I've always come out of a slump a better player than before it started. In my experience, slumps are a sign of overload. Sometimes we learn so much that our mind and body shut down to sort it all out. But once we begin to struggle, we feel more pressure, and then we mentally sabotage ourselves. I wish I knew the easy way out of a slump. In some ways, I feel it's similar to a cold - there's no cure, but we can work on the symptoms. I take a good look at my fundamentals and work to make sure that all I can do is being done. When I'm in a slump, a lot of these things fall off and I need to work on each thing to get it working properly. Am I staying down on the shot? Am I dropping my elbow? Am I being decisive? Am I taking the appropriate time to make good decisions? I know you can get really frustrated, but don't always make it about wins and losses. This is a lifelong journey, each step, including each fall, is a lesson and an experience. You'll get through it fine.