It is about that time to review my current progress during the 2016 golf season. Each year, I like to examine how my season is progressing and figure out if I need a mid-season adjustment in order to meet my pre-season goals. I am sure many of you do the same thing and my process is not unique, but it is something I do every year!
This year, my mid-season review is a about 1 month late. Normally, I try to examine everything by mid-July, but due to several big life changes (retiring, moving, starting work again) I did not play as much golf in early July as normal. That is okay, however, because I needed to ensure my priorities were on my life changes and nothing else. So here is what I think so far!
Currently, my game is on cruise control I am not getting any better or any worse. My usual challenges of driving distances and wedge play are not hurting me as much right now, but it is my usual strong areas of chipping and putting that are suffering!
This change is surprising at first, but now that I have had a chance to pull back and look at my overall game, I can see why my green play is not up to snuff. It seems I have a coat of early season rust on my short game and I know exactly why…..I stopped practicing.
Before I moved in late June, I played 3 or 4 times a week and practice about the same. About 2 weeks before my move and since I arrived, I have not practiced once! Well, no wonder my short game has suffered. My new course does not have a great practice area, but that is no excuse. Increased practice is something I can and will fix moving forward.
My second challenge to date is my mental strength. I find that with all the things going on in my life, my mental focus on the course is not very strong over the past 6 weeks. However, many of my life events are resolved, thus allowing me to focus on remaining in the moment and at the shot at hand. I find this aspect of my game the most difficult to fix, but now that I have identified it, I can move forward with stronger mental preparation for each round.
The last part of my game holding me back is course management. This is rooted in my mental focus, but it runs much deeper. Because I played Osprey Links Golf Course over 100 times through the years, my course management is suffering. I pull out the same club to make the same shot in same parts of the course. This is a big mistake. I am not the same player I was 3 years ago when was a member at Osprey Links….I am better. Therefore, I have to break the old paradigms and allow my course management skills to help lower my scores.
So there you have it. Moving forward for the next 3 months, I need to focus on practicing more, the mental side of golf, and improved course management. If I can make strides in these areas, I will be able to drop my handicap lower than my current 3.9 index. It is still my goal to be a scratch golfer and to do that I must always seek ways to improve. My mid-season review is an important tool to achieve all my goals.
Do you conduct a mi season review of your game? If so, what did you come up with?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!