My handicap factor is 10.6 I came off a year with some minor health issues and for most of the season I struggled feeling comfortable – with my game and my new golf schedule.
I am inspired by Golf Is Mental who set what I saw to be some very realistic goals and it gave me pause for reflection on my own goals for 2018.
1. Focus on process – I worked hard on putting in 2017 and I was pleased with the results. So much so that one of my playing partners said to me, “you’re one of the best putters I have ever met”. I joked he doesn’t get out much, but a focus on rolling the ball well and not worrying about it going in helped it go in more. I am falling in love with my wedges and putter and want to adopt a fearless and enjoyment-based approach off the tee. Realigning my thinking to process versus product will help me have more fun and when rooted in strong fundamentals, hopefully help the bottom line too.
- Hakuna Mutata – Sorry, when my daughter was young we watched the Lion King movie daily. The idea of ‘no worries’ is a positive one for me, especially for someone who’s prone to take myself too seriously and doesn’t relax as well as I’d like. The game is meant to be fun. Success or failure will not have an impact on my tour earnings or world golf ranking. Even with winter practice I am trying to smile more.
- Focus inside of 100 – Golf Is Mental set a realistic schedule of once a week for practice and I will adopt this too, but I want half my time to be spent on the short game part of the range working on wedge distances and different shots.
- Embrace competitive play – I loved my club championship experience last season and look to play it again this year. I would love to explore other options for competitive play like our club’s Match Play bracket too, just to get more experience under pressure. It makes the game fun for me (which sounds counter-intuitive but is true).
This time of year I am usually chomping at the bit and looking at golf with sky high (and unrealistic expectations) for myself. This year, it’s going to be simplified. Smile more. Try hard. Prepare with purpose. It’s only a game and goodness knows it’s been a long enough winter so let’s get at it! I’d love to hear your goals for 2018. Keep it in the short grass!