My 2017 golf season had many ups and downs. I have a few highlights where I exceed expectations and a few low points I would like to forget. Before I go further into some of the details, I want to say up front that I am grateful for all the golf I played and I am looking forward to 2018 all ready.
In January, I outlined the goals for 2017 and as in other years I met some and missed some. Here is what I had planned for last season:
- Play in 4 tournaments – I played in 8
- Win 1 tournament or more – I won 2
- Lower my handicap index to below 2 – only reached 3.4
- Shoot 5 eagles – made 2
- Break Par 1 or more times – broke par 0 times (shot even par 4 times)
- Improve my GIR stat to and average of 10 per round – 10.1 GIR per round
- Average 30 putts or less per round over the season – missed this goal 30.5
- Play at 50 rounds or more over the season – played close to 80
- Play at least 5 different courses this year – Played at least 6
That was the what I want to accomplish, now this is how I plan to do it:
- Practice for 45 minutes on average of 1.5 times a week – most of the time
- Play an average of 3 times a week – averaged around 4 times a week
- Play golf on average of 1 time a week with my wife – did not happen
- Develop at least 4 new ‘short game’ drills – did not happen
- Play golf with at least 20 different people – way more than 20
As you can see, I missed the mark on many of the more difficult goals. But, overall I would rate my season as a B+. I think if I lowered my handicap a bit lower I might have slide into the A- category, but this gives me something to aim for in 2018.
I saw some positive improvement in my competitive play which bodes well for next year. I hope to join the same, if not more events because competition does sharpen my skills. This was the first year that I played in this many events and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My three best finishes were: I won a scramble event, a stroke event and finished second in a stroke event. In the rest, I was competitive except for one. So overall, I would assess my success as an A-. Winning another tournament or two would have pushed me up the scale a bit further.
My overall game was not as strong as previous years. I struggled with my driver for most of the year and with my putting on and off. I did improve my GIR (which I feel is the most important stat), but failed to take advantage of it with more birdies or eagles. Looking back, I would assess my play as a B. There was lots of room for improvement and next year I will see to it.
Well, those were my highlights of my 2017 golf season. Every year I like to look back and analyse where I can improve. It helps me shape my thoughts for next near and set some new and exciting goals.
Do you set goals for your golf season?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.