It is challenging to make any changes in our lives. Focusing on ‘what is’ versus ‘what we hope will’ be is an important facet of our golf game. Understanding our goals and level of golf we want to play is also extremely influential on your decision-making. Ultimately though, the willingness to change is as important as making the change itself. It is the strength of your desire to take that first step to improving your golf game that will help create a positive result.
No matter which golfer I talk too, virtually every person says they have areas of improvement they wish they could address. Whether they are a low single digit handicapper or a 30+ player, they can easily pinpoint something to fix. Unfortunately, only a very small percentage of players will do anything constructive to address their woes. Very few are willing to make a change because it is:
- Too hard
- Too frustrating
- Too difficult
- Too challenging
- Too time-consuming
- Too expensive (needs lessons)
I think you get the point. They are not willing to change and have a ready-made excuse to justify why they do not change. I can say that I am like that and from time to time. However, when my game has plateaued and it is time to make a change or accept that my game is not going to improve. This last statement is not acceptable to me and I hope will never be acceptable.
I am going to start this season by taking a lesson. This will be one of three this season because I am willing to make a change and I am committed to improving my golf game. I expect the excuses above will pop into my head now and again, but I focused on making a significant improvement this year. I am willing to take the chance.
As the season approaches, I will have to refine my requirements or areas of improvement. I have a good idea on where to start, but want to open to what the local pro has to say before I commit in my mind. By managing my expectations, I am more willing to make changes that will benefit my game the most.
Do you have an area you always wanted to improve in your golf game? What are you willing to do to make it happen?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!