Good Evening Everyone,
I hope you have all had a fantastic festive period, with lots of nice presents recieved and given? Mine has been one of gluttony, with far too much food and drink consumed. At the same time it has been great to see all my friends and family and to have a good bit of rest and relaxation. For me 2014 finished off with a great childrens birthday party at Hornsea Golf Club. I then enjoyed having a couple of weeks off, before a New Years party of my own. I have attached pictures of both parties.
Now that we are back to normality, I am really looking forward to a busy year teaching and it is with this in mind I have set myself some new goals, have you? I figured this was a good topic for this weeks blog as I am sure a lot of you have set (and maybe already broken) New Years resolutions. When it comes to golf you should look to set some goals for the forthcoming year. It is proven that goal setting will influence behaviour and enhance performance. If you have set goals in the past, have you asked yourself why you have failed to achieve these goals?
Follow the S.M.A.R.T acronym to help you set appropriate goals for your game of golf; here is what I mean by S.M.A.R.T
Specific - Target a specific area for improvement, such as accuracy off the tee.
Measurable - Record where you are at the start and give yourself a target to aim for, such as improving from 8/15 fairways to 10/15 fairways
Attainable - Use common sense to set appropriate goals, these will often require a small assesment of your current situation. Can I practice my short game 1 hour a week?
Realistic - Make your goals realistic, as mentioned above do not set an unrealistic goal that you know you can not really achieve. For example if you are a 23 handicap, setting yourself a goal of playing off scratch in a year is highly unlikely
Timely - Give yourself a duration to achieve your goal, the simple thing to do would be to make it a year long goal, but this maybe too long. Do not be affraid to make some goals for 3/6 months
There are sometimes a further two letters that are added to the S.M.A.R.T acronym which are E.R, these stand for -
Enjoyment - Set yourself goals that you are going to enjoy, you will learn and improve a lot quicker if you are doing something you enjoy
Re-Assess - If you have achieved your goals quicker than you expected, then re-assess them and re-set them accordingly. The reverse of this is true, if you have failed a short term goal, then re-adjust the long term and re-set the short term goals.
Now that you have all set some goals you can make them more achievable by making sure you set an appropriate amount of goals. I would suggest setting no more than 4 goals at a time so that you do not get weighed down by the pressure of having to achieve 8/9 goals.
Break your goals into managable chunks to that they become short term goals. If you want to reduce your handicap from 20 to 12 in a year, rather than looking at it as 8 shots in 12 months, look at it as 2 shots every 3 months. This will make small allowances for injury, loss of form or the time of season it is.
When you take a consultation lesson with me we will set S.M.A.R.T goals for that lesson, 6 month goals and yearly goals, these can be and often are linked. When we have a follow up lesson we talk about the goals and look at whether you have achieved any or whether you need to re-set or re-adjust.
Before Christmas told you about my Christmas offer, only £60 for 3 hours of coaching! As the expiry date for these lessons is not until the end of April, the offer still stands. During this time we can decide what is best for you, whether it is time on the practice area or having a playing lesson, I am confident I can get you to improve!
Have a great golfing week
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Welcome to the weekly blog of Paul Gibson PGA Professional based at Hornsea Golf Club. Hope you enjoy the read