Finding a golfing philosophy that works is a challenging venture. There are only a million different views on how to improve our golf game that I often become overwhelmed by the deluge of possibilities. Through my many years of playing, I have changed tack many times, but there was one core tenet that I kept with unwavering consistency. Probably by accident in the early years, but by design now, my focus on trying to improve one specific item in my golf game has never changed. This simple step has shaped and molded my game into what it is today. With the 2022 golf season a mere six months away, it is time to design my intended golf path for next summer.
As an amateur golfer, I found that my first step to building on my simple philosophy of setting one goal per season started with the decision to improve my golf game. This initial movement might seem counter-intuitive, however you would be surprised at easy it is to talk a good game and never really committing to making substantive changes to our golf game. For me, I found that FEAR of change was my greatest hurdle until I decided that it was time to significantly improve my game.
Interestingly, when I finally took the first mental step of deciding, I had to actually commit to doing something. “Simply having a goal in mind does not achieve success. A goal without a plan is just a wish…and daydreams alone seldom produce results. To move beyond wishful thinking-and produce tangible results-requires specific goals and a well-crafted action plan.” (Stewart Gandolf, CEO)
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” is attributed to WWII hero, French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944). There are many versions of this quote, but I thought the last word ‘wish’ hit the nail on the head. I cannot recount how many times I wished my putting or short game or driving was better. I thought to make improvements over the years, but alas many times I did not have any plan to achieve this desire. Hence, it was purely a wish.
Before delving a bit deeper, here is a great video by Andrew Rice. It is a year old and the first 30 seconds talks about COVID, but the rest is in alignment with my golfing philosophy:
I have written a great deal about creating and executing my golf plan. I found that by writing it down, my thoughts become actions. It is a process that works for me very well and I do not see any reason to deviate from my current path. So, over the next while, I will determine the one thing I want to work on, create a plan, and actively pursue it with action items. It really is quite simple and deceptively challenging. Regardless of how you approach your game, having one item you want to improve is the first step to lower golf scores.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!