I often wondered if my golf game improves over the course of the my golf season. It is important to me to keep my game progressing, but sometimes I think that I have hit my wall of success. I am not fussed by my lack of progress, but it is important that I at least feel that my game is improving over the course of the season. As I get older, I find that even small successes are enough to keep my motivation going forward. I do understand that at 60 years old, future success will be measured in smaller and smaller increments; and I am okay with that. How about you? Would small successes be enough for you to stay motivated?
In the past I successfully used my 4-step process to improving my game. It is a proven system, but this year I find it a challenge to follow through. I might be that I am at a new course that I thought had a driving range, but the course decided not to open it this year. This decision put my season plans into a tail spin. This has happened in the past and I will survive, yet I wonder how my game will improve this year without a concrete plan to follow.
For the beginners out there, here is an overview of my improvement process:
Idea – The idea step is sometimes the hardest. Where should I start? As a 4-handicap player, this ‘something’ could be as simple as adjusting the ball position within my stance. However, to determine what needs to be changed requires research. Additionally, if you have collected stats from last year, that would a great resource not to overlook. The deliverable from this stage is to decide what to adjust; then plan to actually make the change.
Planning – This is better known as the how-to step. This is when you come up with the plan on specifically what you are going to focus on. I want to emphasize that keeping it simple is critical to success. Start with one or two areas and then plan the drills, tips or approaches that best fix your area of focus. Once completed, on to step three.
Execution – This step is as important as the first two. It is time to put your plan into action. Choosing how, when, where, and what is critical. Should you play more than practice? Should you track your success? Regardless, taking action is the way to go. Execute your plan until you have achieved your goals and once satisfied it is time to sustain your success.
Maintenance – this is often the most overlooked step of how to complete a successful golf plan. Maintenance generally looks like your execution step, but on a smaller scale. Your successes achieved during the execution step need to be fostered. It is important to keep building on the aspects you have fixed and not to revert to old habits at the first sign of trouble.
I am totally sure what is going to happen over the next three months. Regardless, I will keep my attitude positive and continue to look for ways to improve my game. This seems to be a ‘push’ year for my game; not sure where it will all lead, but I think I will not backslide and that is an important point for my game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!