We are already five days into 2016 and with each New Year usually comes the list of New Year’s Resolutions. Common resolutions include the typical things like exercising more, eating smarter, losing weight, etc. and can sometimes be golf specific like playing more, practicing a specific part of your game (short game or putting), taking additional lessons or maybe shooting a specific score or achieving a certain handicap.
Golf, unlike most sports, involves a new start and reset at the beginning of every year. The professional Tours reset with the official money earnings starting over and the golf manufacturers launch new equipment, new golf balls, new apparel, etc. all designed to help golfers improve.
While many golfers like to wish they will play more golf, a better golf resolution for a new year should focus on game improvement. Start with a realistic goal of practicing your short game or even practicing once a week. Many golfers prefer to play vs. practicing – when in fact, the best way to lower your score is to actually practice. Establish a one-hour time frame to practice your short game – spend half an hour chipping, pitching and practicing shots from the bunker, then practice putting for half an hour. You will gain confidence in your short game as well as save a few strokes each round.
Other common golf resolutions include working on your game by taking additional golf instruction from your local PGA/LPGA Professional. You may have specific things you want to work on with your Professional (not hitting a slice, gaining more distance, hitting hybrids better, etc.) so be sure to explain your goals and have them incorporated in your lesson plan from your Professional. By seeking additional golf instruction, practicing and playing, you will be on your way to lower scores and meeting those 2016 golf resolutions.