We are now well into the New Year, yet still very early into a new decade so there’s still time to set, or even reset, your golf goals for the year or years ahead. We’ll let you sort your general fitness and other important life resolutions for the year, but here are ONPAR’s Top 10…
We are now well into the New Year, yet still very early into a new decade so there’s still time to set, or even reset, your golf goals for the year or years ahead.
We’ll let you sort your general fitness and other important life resolutions for the year, but here are ONPAR’s Top 10 golf-related goals that are worth considering.
No-one would expect to be able to play an instrument straight away. It takes years of hard work and practice to learn such a skill. The same goes for golf as it requires the same level of patience to learn to play and gain experience in its complexities.
We can’t guarantee practice makes perfect, even Tour players still haven’t reached perfection, but you’ll certainly get the bug and find a better groove in your swing if you put a little extra time to it.
Practice your short game:
From 100 yards in is where most scoring takes place, so why keep mindlessly banging balls on the range when you can hone those wedges and putter to a fine point?
Be clever with that basket of balls, use all the clubs in your bag and set aside extra time for you putter, it’s where your game will be won or lost!
Sign up for a series of golf lessons
Don’t let your bad habits get worse. Book in with a qualified PGA Professional – a coach – that you know and trust to help guide you through your golf journey and sort out your swing.
They are the experts, not your playing partners, and you’ll be amazed by the improvements you’ll make and the confidence you’ll gain.
Get in (Golf) Shape
There’s simply no better time to begin. Get a golf-related workout programme that focusses on building your core strength and flexibility.
You’ll see the results in your swing and your game when you get back out on course at the start of the season.
Get your golf clubs fit and keep them fit
You wouldn’t buy any old pair of shoes without getting the right size and trying them on first (ideally!) so why would you buy a set of clubs without trying them out. Custom fitting is for every level of golfer, and if you go to a qualified fitter you will find the best clubs for your swing, size, strength and ability.
Once you have your perfect clubs don’t forget to keep them in great shape too by replacing the grips every year if you play a lot, every other year if you’re a more casual golfer. That goes for your putter, too.
Play with purpose, every time
That doesn’t mean getting stressed and putting undue pressure on every shot or kicking yourself when things go wrong, but taking it just seriously enough to approach and enjoy the game as the ever-beguiling craft it is.
Drop Your Handicap
If you already have a handicap, set a goal to lower it. Be reasonable but make sure you’re aiming high (AKA low). Like any goal, this, of course, comes with responsibility.
You’ll have to practice and play. If you’re aiming to get a handicap or simply improve set realistic scoring goals that take into account your current ability, the time you have to play and practice and level of commitment. Then conquer them.
Become a Member
If your interest in the game and skill level are improving, maybe it’s time to join a golf club. It is a chance to meet some new friends and golf buddies and, if you play enough, you’ll also save on the course fees.
There are some great introductory offers around, especially for ladies looking to get into golf.
Plan a Trip
You work hard, you deserve to play hard. Get your buddies together, take a few days and plan a trip. Whether it’s Portugal, Turkey, Spain or just a trip out to another county, you’ll have a fabulous time and come back with great stories to tell!
Above all, play more!
In whatever form possible get out and have fun — join a club, play par 3 courses, six holes at sunrise or sunset, set up a standing tee time at your local municipal with a friend.
Once the days get longer you’ll have more chances to get out and feed your golf bug. Make the 2020s your ultimate golf decade.
What will be your golf resolutions be for 2020?