Win Next Year’s Club Championship Now!

Reflect

The golfing season is coming to its unfortunate, cold end. Hopefully you had your best year and are looking to build on your success. But if not, what’s your gameplan for next year? Maybe you finished the season feeling frustrated. Will that motivate you to make a change? Now is a great time to reflect on how we did this past year. If we fell short of our goals, what was holding us back? Was it the mental game? Too many three putts and lost balls off the tee? The most important thing you can do for a stellar net season is to reset. Then you can really get focused on new achievements.

Get Evaluated and Create Goals

As your mindset shifts to your future goals, you might consider kicking off the new year with an evaluation. This gives us a starting point to start the season strong. When you work with a professional, you’ll be able to touch on all aspects of your game. The best feedback will cover any potential physical limitations. From there, you can start outlining  3-5 goals that follow the “SMART” rule. This means the goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and have a time constraint. A good example would be wanting to take our handicap from a 10 to a 7 by the end of next year. Try to keep your goals reasonable and motivating. That way, it will be easier to work toward them every day.

Have a Plan

Once you’re equipped with clear evaluation results and a list of goals, you can start planning. Depending on your goals, plans must be very specific, and it might change throughout the season. Ideally, plans should be something we want to do, not something we have to do. If the plan includes a 4am workout and you’re a night owl, the chance of success is very low. Instead, approach your plan with your schedule and personality mind. Your plan will be more concrete if you stick to a solid routine. Maybe the best time to workout is between 6pm and 8p on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you schedule the bulk of your workouts and practice in that slot, you’ll have a higher chance of success.

Take a Lesson

On of the quickest routes for improvement is to take a lesson. This helps you view your game from a fresh angle. You might think you already know your faults, but a professional can help you correct them faster than what you can do on your own. This makes play so much more enjoyable. The journey to achieving our goals is a lot less stressful when we have a little extra guidance. Having a watching eye and some accountability can also help ensure that we stick to our plan. When looking into places to take a lesson, you’ll want to find an instructor that covers more than swing advice. A good value for your money will also include short game, mental help, and how to strategize around the golf course.

Practice and Train

Once you get your goals and any evaluations or lessons in place, it’s time to put that plan to action! Any work that you put in now will pay dividends when the season starts. As we progress through our plans, it might also be a good idea to take on supplemental training for your overall body mechanics. Working out with a trainer can help make sure your body is improving on every level. The best way for us to improve is a well-rounded approach that includes the long game, short game, and work in the gym. That’s how the best players win.

Play your Best Golf

When spring arrives we should all be able to go out and play our best golf! All the hard work we put in over the winter will pay off if we just stay the course. It always feels great to see our handicaps dropping. That sense of pride is nothing to scoff at. When you put in the time and get serious about your game, that’s something everyone will notice. Then, throughout the playing season, you can always brush up on your skills with additional lessons. These coaching sessions can help you continue to develop how to strategize on the course. With the right attitude and skill set, you’ll really be in a position to win the club championship. And wouldn’t that feel great?

Keith Suttle