Originally Posted by inthehole
i'm probably in the worst slump of my 2.5 year golf career right now. Really struggling with ball striking - I tend to overanalyze, way too many swing thoughts going on at once. Agree when it really gets bad - just convert to shot by shot mentality. Also dealing with a knee issue and hyperextended left elbow which is a nagging issue (one full wedge shot when I flip it through & don't lag the club head is enough to jack up my elbow) and consequently is always on my mind. For me, the easiest way to start playing better is to focus on looking at the ball through impact - I have this annoying tendency to lift my head - not a lot, but just enough to promote poor ball striking...
Since you have been playing for a relatively short time, this is something that you might consider...
For the last 40+ years I have kept a file called "Swing Thoughts." This is a compilation of key swing thoughts for my driver, fairway woods and long irons, mid and short irons, the short game and putting. Most of my swing thoughts originated through an emulation of Al Geiberger's golf swing as a teenage golfer back in the 1960's, through my one week of golf lessons at a Golf Digest School back in the 1970's, and though tips that I have received both from reading and on the course. I have been able, through experimentation at the range and on the course, to combine all of these factors successfully (for me), and have been able to play a consistent game over a long period of time.
During the course of a year I will go back and review my "Swing Thoughts" whenever I get into a slump. I also update them whenever I find something new that works for me. (This year I came up with a new putting grip and pre-shot routine.)
Best of luck in getting out of your slump and to lowering your handicap.