We can do this, New Year, New Goals 2021.
Over the last 4 months I have written a number of articles with the purpose of encouraging you all to find a life with golf. Not only has it made me more passionate and understanding I hope I have connected with you and woken the golfer inside of you.
Summer is a great time to start to learn the game of golf. Imagine this – an early morning tee time at your local golf club, perfect conditions, no wind, birds blissfully singing, fresh green fairways and a great excuse to catch up with friends. 9 holes will only take you 2 hours, perfect for a yummy brunch & latte before heading home. The same goes for early evenings, 9 holes on a perfect twilight event with a casual bite to eat.
Many of you may have taken beginner clinics and are now needing the encouragement to take it to the next step, here are some ideas below that may trigger you to get it happening.
FIND YOUR FAVOURITE PRACTICE RANGE
Find your closest driving range where you can turn up anytime of the day. This is a place where you don’t have to rely on anyone to play with, it takes no time at all to hit a bucket of balls. Practice in a comfortable setting means more practice, which leads to more good golf, which leads to more golf. Many ranges are open until 10pm, go alone, meet a friend or go with a partner.
BUY IN BULK
Many public courses offer green fees at discounted rates when you buy packages of 10, 15 or 20 rounds. You’ll be motivated not to let any go to waste.
PLAY PAR 3 COURSES
You’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is to get around a par 3 course. Usually not too busy and can play with your kids.
Wherever you are on the Victorian coast line there are so many options to play golf. Before you head away google your holiday destination for public golf courses, throw in 3 or 4 clubs, golf glove, tees, a small bag of balls and some sensible shoes. (throw in a small club like a wedge so you can take one of the kids :))
PLAY WITH YOUR PARTNER
Stop negotiating; make the game something you both look forward to. Nine holes and dinner is a great date night.
GOLF & FITNESS GOALS
Over the last 6 months I have made a concerted effort on fitness & strength, all for golf. I needed motivation to get started and I find it so much easier when I have a reason and a goal. If your New Year’s resolution is to gain overall fitness, achieve it the fun way by playing as much golf (walking) as you can. Improve your strength ( see past blogs ).
TAKE A FRIEND
Start with the range and then move to nine holes. Be patient, complementary, and give him or her enough encouragement to enjoy the round. Golfing life is going to be really fun once they’re hooked.
PACK GOLF SHOES IN LUGGAGE
Flying with clubs isn’t always prudent, but you can still allow for the possibility of renting a set if the opportunity presents itself on a business trip or holiday.
BUY A NEW GOLF TOY
Purchasing an expensive item, like a laser range finder, golfing outfit or a new driver, will make you justify it by playing more.
At the beginning of the season, schedule rounds with all the people you meant to play golf with last year but never got around to. When an event is on a calendar, it’s more likely to happen.
WATCH LESS TV
Did you spend the week staring at the screen of your television, computer or phone? When the weekend comes, you can stare at another one watching the game, or you can get outside and tee it up.
PLAY TWO BALLS
Only time for nine? Playing two balls is equivalent to a full round, taking slightly more than half the time. Totally cool, provided you’re not holding up the group behind.
IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE NINE
If I spend some time on the chipping green I might take the opportunity of playing 3 or 4 holes if the course allows. Most courses have a loop of six, five or even four holes that return to the clubhouse. An easier experience if you’re fortunate enough to be a member of a private club, but sacrificing some economic utility from your green fee is still better than nothing.
Foam practice balls curve like real balls and open up new areas to play (back yards, parks, athletic grounds, etc.) without fear of a lawsuit. Throw some in the Xmas bag!
TAKE PLAYING LESSONS
I’ve had a few on course playing lessons and they are a fantastic way to take a lesson. A teaching pro is able to get a real insight into your game when you’re standing up on the tee, feeling pressure of hitting the fairway is a completely different scenario from the freedom of the range. You can also discuss course management & club choice which is an important part of the round.
Re-arranging your thoughts to change your golf performance !
I want to introduce you to a guest speaker that I had the pleasure of listening to at my golf club recently. He is able to put into words many of the subconscious elements that affect our minds, our muscle tension, our coordination and ultimately our swing. He then is able to help us cope with elements of the game that may affect us such as poor shots, poor lies, difficult course management decisions and help us focus on getting the best out of ourselves.
Jamie Glazier is a world-renowned mental performance coach and the founder of Dare2Dream. Jamie has dedicated over 15 years helping others achieve their dreams. As a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and Certified Life Coach. He has worked with athletes in diverse fields extending to PGA, LPGA and European Golf tours. Dare2Dream his company is well recognised within the sports mental performance industry.
He has given me permission to print some of his articles and techniques. Here is one of his gems…