- Practice more, play less.
We all love to play golf but don’t you want to have a better golf game? I have cut my playing down quite a bit over the last few years and have made it a point not to pass a practice green. My body doesn’t allow me to hit as many golf balls as I did when I was younger but there is no excuse to not practice chipping and putting.
- Play at least two new courses in 2016.
Playing your home course with your buddies is fine and can give you bragging rights. Venture out of your comfort zone to play more challenging tracks where you don’t know every break in the greens. This will give you a more accurate assessment of your short game.
- Play with different people.
We all have a group of friends we play most of our golf with but try inviting a new face or two to join you. You can learn so much about people on a golf course and those four hours can allow you to find common interests and even help you in your job.
- Be kind and considerate to your playing partners.
Everyone wants to shoot low scores but on days when things might not be going your way, encourage and congratulate your playing partners. Remember everyone is out there to enjoy themselves and relax. A few kind words can go along way to improving your mood and theirs.
- Make a plan to improve and stick to it.
If you’re a 14 handicap and have always wanted to be a single digit, do something about it. Assess each aspect of your game from driving to putting and give yourself a realistic grade. Then make a plan on how you can lower your scores. Take a couple of golf lessons and ask your professional what drills and practice routines would be best for you.
- Make sure your clubs are right for you.
Properly fit golf clubs can make a big difference in your game. length and lie angle are important but shaft, shaft flex and grip size can really make a difference in the direction the ball is flying. I played standard length and standard lie irons for a long time, but when I had my clubs extended and bent a couple degrees upright, I didn’t have to fight the ball going right. Get refit every couple of years by a PGA professional to make sure things haven’t changed.
These are my ideas for 2016, what do you have planned to make your game even better?
If you need help setting some goals, give me a call.