With a new year upon us and New Year’s resolutions in place, I thought I would chime in with a few ways to improve your golf game in 2017. I am sure all golfers would like to play better golf this year,because we all know it is more fun when we play well.
- Keep your technical thoughts and your feel thoughts balanced.
As a golf professional, I understand that it is important to not jump in and make a lot of changes to a golfers mechanics if he or she has been playing for a long time. I like to give one technical thought per lesson and then have the player work through that change by using his or her feel and athleticism. Golfers can only make one change at a time, and you want it to be a change that will last and give you immediate results.
- Think process, not outcome
Avoid focusing too much on outcome. Instead, tune into the process it takes to get to the outcome. When you are thinking outcome, it slows down the process and it puts too much pressure on the outcome. Put in the time by going through the process and the outcome will come quicker and easier, and of course you will have more fun going through the process. So decide today what your process will be to reach your goals. Do you need to practice more vs play more? Do you need to work on your short game vs long game? Let a PGA/LPGA golf professional help you set-up a game plan that will make the process easier for you to go through.
- Discover Patience
The hardest part about change is being patient with yourself. Change is never easy, but with patience you can create a more relaxed atmosphere which will create less tension. The process
goes much faster without tension.
- Have Fun
The most important important thing is to remember to have fun. This can be a challenge some days, but you have to find a way to always have fun and enjoy the moment. I can remember some young players that I coached who were lucky enough to play a practice round at the US Open with Annika Sorenstam. The one thing Annika’s Coach emphasized to her was to always have fun. His rule with Annika was she had to laugh after a bad shot. We have to remember getting upset only creates more tension and, once again, slows down the process.
Good luck, have fun and enjoy the process.