Do you have a checklist for your everyday activities? Do you need a list to keep you on track and productive? Make a checklist for your golf game this year. This checklist can, and should, include everything you can think of to help you play better golf.
A checklist will help you in several areas, assuming you stick to your list. First, it can help you be more organized. Second, it gives you a path to follow to a more productive golf game. This path includes the way you practice, where you spend your time practicing, making sure your equipment is up to date and reaching certain goals you have set for yourself. We will discuss a few things that should be on your checklist. If you think of more, great! Be sure to write your thoughts down on paper, you will be more likely to stick to it.
Include your goals for golf
Writing down your goals for golf, both short term and long term, is important because it gives you something to strive for. Goals can be anything you hope to accomplish this year in golf. However, it is important to make sure your goals are attainable.
For example, if your handicap is 20 and you want to be a 12 by the end of the year, set a goal to bring your handicap down 2 points at a time. Doing this in small increments will help keep you from getting discouraged if you go through stretches where you don’t see as much progress.
Goals can consist of anything you want to accomplish in your game of golf. A short term goal might be to spend more time working on your short game. A long term goal might be dropping your handicap by a certain amount by the end of the year.
Keep your golfing stats
Keeping stats lets you know where your golfing weaknesses are. This takes a little time, but the rewards will be worth it in the long run.
Have you ever heard the saying, “A chain is only as strong as the weakest link”? Think of your golf game as a chain. Maybe your weak link is your pitching, or your bunker play, or your driving. Whatever it might be, spend a little more time in the areas that are keeping you from shooting the scores you want. Having these stats written down on your checklist will make you more likely to put the work in on that particular area.
Also, make a category on your stats list for course management. You need to know if you are losing strokes because of loose swings or bad decisions.
Plan for practicing golf
Having a good plan for practicing golf is important because you may not have a lot of time to practice and you may not like to practice. As long as you practice golf efficiently, you don’t have to practice as much as you might think. If you have an hour to spend practicing, look at what part of your game needs the most work and make that link of your chain stronger.
Don’t neglect the other areas of your game, but you will always have an area that needs more work than others. Have a good plan and be organized with your time.
Improve your physical fitness and flexibility
Make a commitment this year to improve your physical fitness and flexibility. This improvement will make a difference in your golf game. You don’t have to go to the gym for 3 hours a day, but spend some time getting in better shape. The more physically fit you are will not only help you feel better, it will help you think better and make better decisions during your round. In this area, make sure to put more emphasis on stretching if you are cramped for time.
Check your golf equipment
Make sure your golf equipment is ready to go for the year. For example, check your grips. If this equipment gets slick at all, change it. If you play golf at least twice a week, you will probably need to change your grips every six months. New grips can almost make you feel like you have new clubs. Remember, grips are the only contact you have with the club so they need to feel good.
Also, check your spikes. If you wear soft spikes, check them regularly. The more you play, the more you will need to replace them. Traction is important in the game of golf.
These are just a few examples that should make up your golf checklist. If you have more, write them down and stick to them. Being organized is important and saves you valuable time.
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