Achieving Greatness this Year
So now that we have ticked over into 2010, what goals are you setting to achieve this year with your golf? I’d like students to post here their 2010 goals and we’ll check back and see how we’ve all done.
So is your goal to reduce your handicap by 5 shots this year? Just setting a goal like that is useless unless you understand what is fully required to get there. Writing a list of things you need to do to achieve your ultimate goal will assist you in understanding how you are going to reach it.
There are a couple of rules when setting goals. Make sure they are measurable, achievable and realistic. Keeping statistics will help measure any improvement in your goals so I strongly advise all my students to keep some statistics. Please contact me for guidance on what statistics you can keep that will help.
This is an example and I’d like you to make goals personal and achievable by you..
Ultimate Goal: To reduce handicap by 5 shots before the end of 2010
- Increase the percentage of 6 foot putts holed.
- Increase the percentage of Fairways hit in regulation.
- Increase the percentage of Up and Downs within 20m of the green.
- Increase the percentage of Greens hit in regulation
So now lets also break down what is required to achieve your Intermediate Goals. Lets look at putting for instance.
Intermediate Goal: Increase the percentage of 6 foot putts holed
Tasks: Improve technique through lessons, Practice drill putting inside 6 foot for at least 1 hour per week.
So as you can see that part of achieving your overall goal will require a commitment to ensure your technique and approach to putting is sound and then spend only 1 hour per week completing putting drills. Now you have a plan in place to ensure you reach your goal.
If at anytime throughout the year you recognise that one or two Intermediate Goals aren’t being met then we can re-assess and identify how to reach them.
Keeping some form of statistics on your game, will help identify the areas most in need of attention. While you may think your putting is causing your bad scores, keeping statistics may actually show that you are constantly chipping the ball too far from the hole causing you not to hole putts. So working on your chipping and not your putting may actually improve you putting statistics
Posting your Goals in this thread will also make you accountable and will help motivate you to stick to the tasks required to meet your Intermediate Goals and then your Ultimate Goal.
So fire away guys and girls… Give it a go… we can always re-assess or reset your goals as required so you have nothing to lose. I want to assist all my students with their goals on the golf course and help you all reach them in 2010.