Are you going to golf in 2018? For those reading this question, you can stop the eye roll. Of course you will be golfing; the real question is how much! Each year, I set a goal for the number of rounds of golf I will play and generally exceed my prediction. I try to play as much golf as possible in our shortened season, yet still keep my expectations realistic. I think having a goal gives me something to work towards and is kind of fun.
In 2017, I set my number at 80 rounds of golf. It is a number I routinely set and exceed. I played 42 recorded rounds and finished with a 4.1 handicap index. It was as low as 3.1 during mid-season and climbed a little higher as the season went on. Mostly, I practiced less at the end of the season and I would attribute my higher handicap on that.
I played an additional 45 rounds in tournaments and loops that were not eligible for my handicap score. These were fun rounds and I considered them as practice. I realize this is not the most effective way to improve my game, but I was playing and I cannot complain. It is during these rounds that I met the most interesting people really enjoyed playing golf.
The 2018 season is going to be much the same. Some of my goals are a bit more detailed, but I play to play more that 80 rounds again this year. I asked others and they share my desire to play lots of golf:
I mention a few goals and maybe you would be interested in them:
- Play 80+ rounds
- Play in 10 tournaments
- Lower my handicap index to at least 2.5
- Play at least 10 rounds with strangers
- Play at least 10 different golf courses
- Shoot at least 1 hole-in-one
As I play plenty of golf in 2018, it is important to have goals; it helps me stay focused and improve my game. Playing 80+ games seems like a challenge, yet I can assure you that time flies when you are having fun!
How many games of golf do you plan to play in 2018?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!