My goal to be a scratch golfer will always be at the forefront of my golfing goals. I believe that I need a vision for my future golf game to lower my handicap. On a side note, if you are wondering “A vision is a vivid mental image of what you want your business to be at some point in the future, based on your goals and aspirations.” (Queensland Government) This definition really sums up where I want to go, but how exactly do I get there? Is there a magical process to follow to make my vision come true? What does it take go be a scratch golfer?
Believe me I have researched this topic for quite some time. I have watched many experts claim that they have the solution, yet I am still hovering around a 4.0 index. I know that life events has put up road blocks, but that can be used as an excuse for not moving forward. So, I am going to discard that baggage right now.
Of the many videos I have watched over the years, the video I can relate to the most is by Todd Kolb, Top Golf Digest Instructor. He outlines that swing technique is not the primary focus, but the approach to the game is what really matters. Here is what he had to say:
If you decided not to watch the informative 10 minute video, here is a summary of what he said for a US GOlf TV article:
- Focus on landing your chip shots about 7 feet from the cup.
- Make sure you’re driving at least 250 yards if you’re a male golfer (a little less if you’re on the senior tee, a little more if you’re on the back tee). Women golfers should be driving around 225 yards.
- Improve your strategy so you can better calculate risks and rewards in any scenario.
- Practice lag putting with a focus on controlling speed.
- Be patient and understand that every round of golf has its ups and downs. No single bad shot defines the entire day.
- Decide what you want to focus on today and approach the first tee with total clarity.
The video really hit home and his points speak volumes on my vision and what I should focus on to move towards my goal of being a scratch golfer. However, I believe that he (and many others who have the ideal solution) is that it takes a great deal of practice, time, and dedication to master the above skills. It takes a tenacity of focus to make minor improvements at the lower handicap range. A golfer really has to be dedicated to their game to succeed.
I have to be willing to work smarter and in some cases longer to be a better player. Until I decide to make that commitment, my view of my future golf game will not change.
Actually deciding to become a scratch golfer is important to achieving my vision for the future. I can make all kinds of promises and convince myself that I am on the right track, but until I actually start doing something different, focused, and sustainable, nothing is going to change. So, the answer to my original question of what does it take to be a scratch golfer. My answer is going the extra mile!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!