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The start of every golf season is always exciting. But I want to make sure that you all have a successful start! Golfers tend to fall into similar traps, and it can hamper their performance, but more importantly, their enjoyment of the game. Here are four ways to get ready …
Bring your expectations into line
One of the most difficult things to do after a long period of dismissal is to keep your expectations under control. Golfers spend their offseason doing all kinds of different things. Some people put their bags and don't think about the game or even wave a club for a few months. Others practice at home or hit the beach every week. Finally, some take that time to consume tons of information in the form of YouTube videos, books or even articles on this site 🙂
Anyway, you have to throw away all expectations if you haven't played for a while. Certain golfers will come out and have a great round, but will be disappointed by follow-up trips. I call those early successes & # 39; foolish-gold wave & # 39 ;. Your game can be in ruins from the start. Anyway, it doesn't matter (no matter how hard it is to think that way).
As I said in this article, it is difficult to maintain or improve your level of the previous season if you have not played so much on a golf course. Reading all the golf books in the world will not change that scenario. The best thing you can do is go out with almost zero expectations. Understand that many (or all) parts of your game become rusty.
Establish your feelings
In my experience, long layoffs are the most harmful to feeling & # 39; of shots in your short game. Your full swing may not be in total hibernation, but your ability to control your wedges or set speed may be horrible.
For most of you, I think it makes sense to practice a little more time with your wedges or on the practice track. Your body and mind must go through a kind of calibration process.
For example, although I had been hitting balls in my net all winter long, I went outside for the first time this weekend to make short wedge shots in my backyard. As usual, it took a while to see and feel what a shot of 5, 10 or 15 meters felt, despite seeing those numbers on my winter start monitor. This part of the game requires a little more patience and time for a majority of golfers compared to your full swing.
Set goals (but habits really change)
When it comes to goals, most golfers usually say, "I want to drop my handicap from 12 to 8 this season!"
Great! But what does that actually mean?
Last year I read a book called Atomic Habits
that changed my thinking about goal setting. The author, James Clear, has a very smart way to make people stop thinking about tangible results. Instead, he gives readers an alternative suggestion. To achieve all the goals you want, it's more about changing your identity and habits. The results usually follow.
So instead of saying that you want your handicap to be dropped several times, you need to think more about what kind of habits you can change in your game. Can you commit to making smarter strategic decisions on the golf course? Will you be more analytical about which parts of your game need help and concentrate more effectively on solving them during the exercise?
Also think about what kind of golfer you want to become. Let's say you have a mood on the job. Can you become the man or the gal that keeps the head straight no matter what happens?
I find it much more productive to split your game into smaller pieces such as this one instead of giving yourself general goals that revolve around your score. Here is an article that examines which types of productive habits golf players can adopt.
Perhaps the most important thing to do is the simplest. Have fun and enjoy being on the job again.
For those of us who go through the winter and are trapped inside, it can somewhat dampen our state of mind. Going out in the sun is one of the great gifts that golf gives us, and it would be a shame to lose sight of that while you play.