So Close And Yet So Far From A Par 4 Hole In One

I have heard stories about players driving the ball to the green on a par 4. I know Kevin, who plays in Florida has talked about such opportunities, but I have never driven the green on a par 4. I know of a friend who shot a hole in one about 20 years ago on a par 4, but I still find it difficult to comprehend….until now!

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Making Learning Golf Fun for Kids

Over the many years that I have been involved in coaching, there is one common denominator for every sport. If we do not make the game fun, kids will find something else to do with their time. As an athlete, I was the same way and actually still am; if it is not fun, why play? Golf is especially challenging because of the time commitment, cost, and the number of movements involved in one swing. Additionally, success is not always guaranteed, so all the more reason to make golf fun.

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Forgetting To Go To The Golf Course

Have you ever missed a tee time because you forgot? You know, life took over and you did not hit your tee time! I am trying to think if there ever was a time that I just forgot to go to the golf course. I don’t thinks so, but of course over 45+ years of playing golf it is entirely possible. Definitely not over the past 20 years, yet when I was younger……well, we will just move on.

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Retro Post About Taking 100 Swings A Day

Habitually, I think about how to maximize my efforts when using the DYI driving net over the winter. As I was perusing YouTube, I stumbled across a video by Hank Haney; which by the was was posted on Brian Penn’s page. Then I remembered about a post I commented on by Brian Penn dealing with taking 100 practice swings a day. It was fate, so I figured I do more research and this is what I found out.

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First the video:

The more I think about this tip, the more I think it is going to fit perfectly into what I want to accomplish over the next 6 months. But, before I get ahead of myself I need to actually articulate what I want to accomplish during my off-season. The funny thing is I have stepped away from writing down my goals over the past few years (had other more important things to focus on 😉 ). Or at least following through with my plans.

Well, today it stops. I will articulate my plan over the next few days. I went back to a 2016 post remind myself of the following about building a great practice golf plan:

Idea – The idea step is sometimes the hardest. Where should I start? As a 3-handicap player, this ‘something’ could be as simple as adjusting the ball position within my stance. However, to determine what needs to be changed requires research. Additionally, if you have collected stats from last year, that would a great resource not to overlook. The deliverable from this stage is to decide what to adjust; then plan to actually make the change.

Planning – This is better known as the how-to step. This is when you come up with the plan on specifically what you are going to focus on. I want to emphasize that keeping it simple is critical to success. Start with one or two areas and then plan the drills, tips or approaches that best fix your area of focus. Once completed, on to step three.

Execution – This step is as important as the first two. It is time to put your plan into action. Choosing how, when, where, and what is critical.  Should you play more than practice? Should you track your success? Regardless, taking action is the way to go. Execute your plan until you have achieved your goals and once satisfied it is time to sustain your success.

Maintenance – this is often the most overlooked step of how to complete a successful golf plan. Maintenance generally looks like your execution step, but on a smaller scale. Your successes achieved during the execution step need to be fostered.  It is important to keep building on the aspects you have fixed and not to revert to old habits at the first sign of trouble.

There are three key concepts I need to infuse into the above plan. It has to be sustainable, achievable and measurable. Yup, there is no sense building a plan that is totally “not doable”! I have built plans like that in the past and they failed miserably in less than a week. So, learning from my past failures, I will take a step towards success by being realistic and sensible.

I kind of wandered off the original topic thinking about a retro post. But, once the hamster wheel starts turning, it cannot be stopped. So, stay tuned there is more to come!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Does Your Pre-shot Routine Change With The Weather

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This morning the blanket of white arrived and is likely to stay until April 2021. We are hoping for a bit of break over the next few weeks, but essentially Winter is Here!

That is okay, it was a matter of time and it is not unexpected. I did, however, feel a shift in my mood this morning. With the snow finally here and the waiting over, I realize that my morning routine shifted gears. I am not sure why, but the change in weather has changed how I look at things. As such, I am a little slower and less inclined to rush out of the house to the great outdoors. And of course, that got me thinking of my golf game!

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