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And now todays article
Once again we find that its time to reflect on our lives as another crossover from one year to the next comes to pass. During this transition from one year to the next I receive three times the emails I normally do. These emails are filled with questions and concerns about peoples performance on the golf course and how to best improve it. I believe my emails are tripled because people are in a more reflective mood and want to make the upcoming year a better year.
In order to leap forward it is important to look back. Most of the people who read my columns on The Golf Channel website dont play golf for a living; they play because they love the game and want to play it well. They hold jobs, have families and play golf when and as often as they can. Even though they dont play golf for a living their desire to be their best still burns brightly. Why shouldnt it? This is a time to makeand keep resolutions rather than break them.
What about you this year?
Here are some guidelines to help you Look Back and Leap Forward:
1. Be Honest
Take an honest look at yourself and your game. Some people I play golf with are much better at talking about their game than actually playing it. They focus on their great shots but ignore the overall reality that they continue to under perform by scoring below their talent level. They hit errant shots too often and go for shots that cause them to get into trouble on the course and yet what they remember is the one or two great shots they hit. They love to play and want to improve but as long as they are not willing to see the larger truth about their entire rounds (not just the great shots) they will continue to stay within a certain comfort level and under perform.
2. Identify your needs
What part of your game do you really need to focus on? When asked this question most people think about mechanics most readily. What can you do to improve your mechanics? What about your mind? I find that most of my clients underestimated the power the mind really has on their performance. Instead, they would get into the habit of buying new equipment in the hopes for an answer to their performance woes. This would generate sporadic success. Whatever you believe you need, sit down and identify it.
3. Take action
This is always the most important step because change will only occur when we take action toward it. The truth is, 95% of the golfers I polled say the mental game is very important yet less than 12% actually formally develop it. There are many myths people have about mental game work and Ive written about them in previous articles so I wont go over them now except to mention that your game is under the influence of undeniable cause-and-effect Meta-Performance Laws and there are no exceptions! Whatever aspect you choose to develop this year I hope you take action on them because that is the way they will change.
4. Monitor your action
Once you begin to take action it is important to monitor whether the action is working for you or not. Many of my clients used to spend a lot of money and time doing things that werent necessarily helping them play better. They did them because they didnt know what else to do so they did the same things and kept getting the same outcomes. Is what youre doing helping you get what you want? If not, why continue doing it? If you always think that buying new clubs is the answer and its not, why continue with that approach? If you take a lot of lessons and continue to under perform, whats missing?
Several years ago, Tiger Woods wanted to change his golf swing while he was already the #1 player in the world. Amidst naysayers and those who doubted this action, he was willing to be honest with himself and recognized that he needed to make certain changes that would benefit him in the long run. What changes are you willing to make this year?