Golf is a wonderful game. ONLY YOU have the personal control over every aspect of every round you play. It’s up to you to consider your environment, your stance and your club selection. It’s even more important to manage your mental state of mind to create your success or failure for every swing that you make. That’s why we love and play this game.
Look for weaknesses in your game to improve your CONSISTENCY and your ACCURACY. Miss-hits and poor direction control with the wrong club are all downfalls for our games. Every swing that you make can be a learning experience. It’s up to you to mentally take note of the problems with your game and to take corrective action. So why not categorize the weaknesses and strengths of your game to improve your next round of golf.
1/ Accept Your Physical Strength and Limitations: It’s up to you to add exercise and stretching to your daily routine to improve your body for every round of golf. Your diet, shape and strength can all improve your game but as Weekend Worriers you will never achieve golf pro status, so limit your expectations based on your existing physical condition. Set your own personal goals for yearly improvement as it will not happen overnight.
2/ Test your Golf Skills at the Range and Putting Green: Before you play every round of golf you really should hit some balls and putts to confirm the cadence that you need for your driver, irons and putter. Apply the setup and swing that you know will eliminate miss-hits and improve your accuracy.
3/ Know the Limitations of your Clubs, Balls and Skills: Golf is a game that you play against your past successes. Don’t try to out muscle your playing partners. Know your limitations and play the game within your skill level so that you can hit the distance and direction you KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE.
4/ Weather and Terrain Limitations: Scale back your personal expectations on a windy or rainy day. When hitting from a side hill, downhill or deep rough: change your club selection to the right iron to get out of trouble for your next shot. Limit your expectations when you land your ball in a poor location.
5/ Plan for Par on Every Hole: You know that you have been able to par many holes in the past with 3, 4 or 5 controlled shots on those par holes. You can achieve the same success on every hole as long as you choose a lower lofted club, lower your swing speed to 85%, and finish your swing in perfect balance. Control will help you land in the fairway and hit more Greens in Regulation.
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Golf Truism #75: Never try to keep more than 300 separate thought in your head during your swing.