Kaymer, who was bounced in round-robin play at last week's Volvo World Match Play, is preaching patience despite not cracking the top five in nine events this season.
'I was practicing more than playing so far this year,' he said Wednesday at the BMW PGA Championship. 'I didn't play a lot of tournaments, but obviously it has a reason. I'm just practicing towards a goal, and I think it's pretty normal that you can't play great golf every week.'
The German said he has been working harder on his game and fitness this season than in any of the last five years. He expected results sooner.
'You almost force the success,' he said. 'You think you work so hard for something, why is it not paying off. So I almost was not patient enough, and I need to go a step back now and just wait for my chances.'
A further dip in form might leave Kaymer susceptible to missing the Ryder Cup team. Maintaining his long-term view, Kaymer is not bothered by the prospect of not going to Medinah.
'I think if I am playing well enough, then I will make it,' he said plainly. 'And if I am not playing well enough, then someone else should play it, because he's in better form at that stage.'
The 27-year-old has time on his side.
'For me, I'm still young,' he said. 'I don't need to worry about it that much.'