One of my life time goals as a golfer is to reach the élite level of being a scratch player. Averaging par 10 games out of 20 is a very difficult feat. There are many challenges each player must face when setting goals and I have found that without a plan of some sort my expectations far exceed what I achieve.
This year, I purposely waited until the beginning of the golf season before implementing my plan to be a scratch golfer. I will follow the same processes as previously stated, but I thought I would update my planning processes and ask for feedback on my way forward.
Playing consistently as a scratch golfer is not as difficult as it sounds. The challenge at this point is getting to the goal, not sustaining it. So my planning process, for now, will focus on shooting par most of the time!
This is the strategic process I am going to follow this year. The details will come in a different article, but for now this is a great starting point for any amateur wanting to shoot lower scores.
My 4-step process is as follows:
Idea – The idea step is sometimes the hardest. Where should I start? As a 4-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.
Using this 4-step process will produce the results you want! I have used it for years and I am slowly moving towards my goal of being a scratch golfer. This year, I need to identify two aspects of my game that are going to produce the best results. I am not 100% sure what they are…..but more introspection about my game will pay dividends!
Do you have a golf plan for 2016?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!