A new year is upon us once again and it’s time for the annual resolutions that we will work so hard to follow for 3 weeks, and then completely forget about for 49 weeks. Honestly, I’ve pretty much given up making New Years Resolutions, but I am going to make a good effort to improve a few area of my golf game.
(1) Make more putts inside 10 feet. I can’t tell you how many of these I miss each round, which would result in so many more birdies. I really need to work on 8-10 footers exclusively on the practice green so these become automatic.
(2) Focus – During rounds, I will find myself hitting shots that I haven’t prepared for or completely focused on. It’s only a few times per round, but inevedibly those shots are lousy ones that cost me strokes. I’m going to work on playing entire rounds where I can mentally see each shot I want to play before I even take my stance.
(3) Increase flexibility – I’m at the computer for work every day and find that my back, legs and core muscles get very tight, which I know is affecting my ability to swing the golf club freely. I’m going to work on improving my flexibility through stretching and some core strengthening exercises. No this is not a "I need to get back to the gym" resolution. Even though I need to do that too, I’m going to take baby steps on this one so maybe I have a shot at accomplishing part or all of this goal.
(4) Driver consistency – Like the rest of the golfing world, I’d like to hit my driver better. A few extra yards would be nice, but I would really like to hit 2 more fairways per round than i do now. I would also like to add a controlled draw to my driver bag o tricks, but I’m not sure if that one is in the cards as I’ve been a "power fader" from birth. I am going to work on keeping it on the short grass on a regular basis.
(5) Have more fun – I can get caught up in trying to shoot good scores that often I’ll not have as much fun as I should. It’s only a game, most of us don’t make a living at it, so there’s no reason it can’t be competitive, testing and fun at the same time. I’m going to make an effort to enjoy the sights, sounds and overall experience of the rounds of golf that I play in 2010.
I wish I could say that I had a resolution to buy a new club or piece of gear, but I think I’m actually set for a while on my setup. I’m sure my wife’s happy about that one.
So how about you? Have any golf resolutions for 2010?