I purposely wait for some time before talking about our 2023 golf resolutions. The reason for my delay is to give everyone a chance to re-evaluate their golf resolutions because if they are like all my resolutions in the past, they are broken by now. 🙂 I do not make resolutions because I believe that taking steps to improve my daily life and golf game is a year long process that requires constant attention. Maybe attention is the wrong word and focus or intent. Making a statement of finality that requires immediate action seems like a great idea, but I have rarely been successful making resolutions; golf or otherwise. To take this one step further, I do not make golf resolutions, I make golf plans and try execute it as best possible.Continue reading
Golf is a tough game! Anyone who has devoted any amount of time to playing this awesomely frustrating sport knows that at any time great or disastrous things can happen. It is because we have any control over some events even though we think the opposite. I cannot remember the number of times that my round has change significantly (good or poor) for the swing of one club. The mental challenges to the unknown results does force many players into a tailspin. But not me, I have decided (actually years ago) not to focus on the short game, but to say focused on the long term results of improving my game.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Do you have plan to improve your golf game? I ask this question because many players I have talked too float rudderless through their attempts to lower their golf score. With my golf season over, I was thinking that it might be time to develop an offseason training plan in over to focus on the golf areas that need my attention. I am still mulling exactly how this plan will unfold, but I am sure that it will be similar to others I have developed in the past.
Every year about this time, I try to set some time aside for some introspection. It helps when I have some stats from the year because it allows me to have some idea where I might need some practice. Looking back at my past three years, I find that there is a correlation between my GIR and putting average. The lower the GIR percentage, the lower my putting average.
This makes complete sense because when I miss the green on my approach shot, there is a good chance that I will get the ball up and down. thus lowering my putting percentage. It makes sense right? If I was to look at my stats alone, I would think that I should focus on my putting, but that is not the case. Bottom line for my analysis is that everything points to GIR. Brian Penn from All About Golf will be clapping right now because we have had several discussions on how GIR is king.
Maybe I need to take a different approach that changes my traditional approach shots. Should I club up or club down off the tee? Should I try playing rounds of golf with just my hybrid, or without wedges? Do I need to shake up my game in order to find a new path to lowering my golf scores? These are all fun questions and I have six months to develop a strategy that will lead me down a different path that will produce greater results.
As you can tell, I am in the very early stage of figuring out my next move. The golf plan is definitely part of my journey, I just have not figure out exactly what it is going to look like. In the meantime, I will continue be introspective about my golf game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
At the end of every year, I like to sit back, pour a libation and ponder about my previous season. This introspection allows me to develop areas of improvement in my swing, course management, and improving my golfing experience. The 2020 golf season was very unique, excluding COVID, because I tracked more stats than ever before. Thus I have some concrete data in which to base my 2021 plan. Additionally, my self analysis helps me understand if my previous plan worked and were I might improve my processes to attain my ultimate goal of being a scratch golfer.Continue reading