The challenge when playing any round is sticking to my game plan. Over the years, many respondents on The Grateful Golfer use the ‘come what may’ approach to their round. I like a football team, generally have the shots for the first three holes laid out in my mind. Of course, this plan is flexible because I have to execute those shots, but I generally have a plan and try to stick to it.
Making a plan does take some forethought. For example on my current course, the starting holes are a par 5, par 3, and a par 4. Depending on the wind, temperature, and dew level, the holes play differently each time I step up to the first tee. It is because of this, I have tried to have a game plan to ensure that I start strong and finish the first three holes at par or under par.
Of course this plan has to change when I am not executing my shots from the get go. I am experienced enough to know when my swing will take a bit longer to groove for the day, so using other clubs instead of the norm is a must. A perfect example is last Men’s Night.
Generally, the starting hole (par 5) is a driver, 3w and short iron into the green. After my first drive I realized that I was many swings away from being warmed up properly. So, I clubbed down and swung easier until I felt comfortable making a full turn. It worked very well and I was able to hit the ball consistently for the last six holes. The change was counter to my original plan, yet it all worked out as needed because we won B Flight with a 3 under par (4 man scramble in the cold).
Making a plan is a must for my game. I find it important to set up my round (physically and mentally) for success and planning is how I do it. I enjoy the mental exercise of visually playing each shot before teeing up because it frames my actions moving forward. Making a plan just works.
Do you make a plan before playing?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!