Previously, we discussed having a golf plan for 2016. I alluded to needing support to effectively execute any plan and depending on your skill level, the type and focus of that support will change. There is no shortage of experts willing to provide that support, but before accepting any help, make sure it fits into your plan.
I am not sure what your plan is this year, but I thought I would share with you my 2016 golf plan and how I expect to find support to shoot lower scores.
The first step for my 2016 golf plan was to set a realistic goal. For me, it is to be a scratch golfer. This particular goal is an ongoing one, but it is something I believe I can achieve. Keeping this in mind, most of my golfing activities will be focused on achieving this goal.
Using my 4 step plan, this is the direction I think will work. My approach is different from previous years in that I am only going to focus on one thing at a time before moving to the next aspect of my game that needs to be adjusted. You will notice I did not use the word fix, because my game is fundamentally strong (I think) and fine tuning is really what I need to focus on.
The season is only 7 days old, and I have practiced 4 times and played twice. This is a great start to my season and yesterday, I started implementing phase one:
Idea – my first focus was to align the ball within my stance and the position of my hands. This may seem like an odd idea, but I think my inconsistency in ball striking at the end of last season and the beginning of this on was caused by poor ball alignment.
Planning – I decided to focus my efforts, while on the range, on finding the proper ball position in relation to my hands. I used the alignment sticks and determined where to properly place the ball within my stance. Additionally, I tried to determine some visual cues to remind me of the proper ball positions when playing.
Execution – On the range yesterday, I followed the video above to use the alignment sticks to help with my ball position. It was very helpful because I was able to see that my hands were also out of position. After about 50 balls, I was feeling very comfortable with my ball position with various clubs.
Maintenance – Last is the maintenance. I am not foolish enough to think that I have my challenges solved. I need to continue to focus and practice the gains I made yesterday. Maintenance is an often overlooked aspect of most golf plans. I will not be ready for phase 2 until I am capable of transferring the my current successes from the range to the course.
During phase one of my plan, I found support through earlier stats, videos, and alignment sticks. These simple tools will work for now. If I find more complex challenges or cannot figure out a successful way ahead, I will seek a lesson from my local pro.
Depending on your requirements, starting with a lesson might be your first step. It really depends on your expectations and desires to improve your game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!