Happy New Year to all my readers, I hope that you have had a great Christmas and New Year and that you are like me and are now glad to be back to relative normality! Jane and I spent the festive period eating too much and drinking too much with mainly family. In the lead up to Christmas I often wonder if it is worth all the hassle for just a couple of days, but by the time it gets here I always enjoy myself!
Over Christmas I also got a couple of games of golf in (I can hear the sharp intake of breath with that news) as I played in both the Christmas and New Year AmAm’s at Hornsea Golf Club. Storm Barbara was around for the Christmas AmAm and our team changed our starting position to try to get the ‘best’ of the weather! We all played pretty steady and by the time we got to the last four holes we had a decent card going.
- Setting the same goals as last year – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you set yourself the same goals as last year and failed, then you are potentially setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment.
- Making run of the mill goals – Getting my handicap down is a common goal, but it is not very specific and pretty boring. I want to change the shape of my golf shot would be a much more interesting goal.
- Not telling people about your goals – When I was younger and dafter than I am now (hard to believe, I know) I decided that I fancied a go at bungy jumping. Knowing me I thought that I might get up to the top and decided that it was a bad idea. So, to stop me from doing that I told all my friends that I was going to do it so that when I did get to the top I would not want to lose face in front of my friends. It worked and I got to the top, considered the two options and jumped!!! Sharing your goals with your family and friends will motivate you more and you might even get some support from them.
- Expecting everything will go according to plan – the path to success is rarely straight, so expect that you might lapse back into your old habits from time to time. When this does happen, don’t throw the towel in, instead use it as a motivational tool to help you improve more.
- Not having someone there with you – goals are more likely to fail if you are trying to achieve them alone. Everyone who plays golf has a golfing partner, someone who they play with on a regular basis. Team up with this person and set some joint goals so that you can both work towards them together. There will be time when your motivation isn’t what it should be, this is where your goal partner steps in and helps you. If one of your goals is to practice more, then make it so you and your partner go and practice together.
Rory McIlroy – find a bit of consistency in his game. In my mind he is the best golfer out there, but is just lacking a little bit of consistency to make him dominate. If he finds that consistency I think he could win 2/3 majors this year.
Jason Day – Speed up! Again, the players ability is unquestioned, but as world number one he is also a role model to millions of younger golfers. These younger golfers will see him taking all this time and think it is ok, what the game needs is speeding up and Day can help that.
Sergio Garcia – Win the major we all know he is capable of – Is there a better striker of the golf ball than Sergio Garcia? Over the last 15 years Sergio has been a consistent winner on both European and PGA Tours, even winning the Players Championship or 5th major. Lets hope this year he can get one of the big four.
European Tour – To play different formats. Over 90% of the golf we see is a 4-day stroke play competition. I would love to see a more varied formats of the game, 9 hole competitions, 2-day competitions, stablefords, betterballs, foursomes etc. Whilst I understand that players schedule and the money on offer make this hard, it would be good to see something different.
TV Companies - Used the ProTracer and Player/Caddie microphones more. A lot of golfers I teach come to me and say ‘I just want to hit it straight’ without realising that the straight shot is probably the hardest to hit. Using the ProTracer more would show people that most professionals will curve their shots and that it is ok for the ball to curve. Using Player/Caddie microphones will give watchers a great insight into how professionals come to their decision making and might make up think about whether or not going for that 2-foot wide gap is a good idea!
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