To be a bit less harsh on myself.
Treat yourself as if you were someone you are responsible for helping. Jordan Peterson
Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest thing of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes
In golf, the human mind has much higher capabilities to screw things up than the physics has to make things better. Unknown
Get a putter lesson and fitting. If I could get rid of three putts I’d be shooting in the 70’s all the time. Just did the static fitting and apparently I’m using a putter that’s way too long with my wrist-to-floor.
Become confident in the open face chip from a tight lie.
Get a driver I can actually keep on the planet
Continue focused practice.
Walk a lot more than last year.
Play less dumb.
One of the thoughts that’s stuck with me for the last few years is at what point is your best golf behind you? At 55 and coming off a couple of bad years (for various reasons) when my index has doubled from 3 to 6, I thought that the answer to my question was “yes”.
However, this thread makes for an interesting read. Like for most seasonal golfers, the winter recess provides an opportunity to reset goals. So, thanks for the ideas and inspiration.... I’ll resolve to change that “yes” to a “no”.
1 - play more. Single digit rounds played in 2019, mostly 9 holes. (nothing wrong with 9 when the alternative is zippo)
2 - either a new driver or set of irons. Original R7 and 845s Silver Scot aren't exactly recent releases.
3 - encourage son to get out more often.
4 - break 80!
I do the with putters and GO BIRDS
Stop hitting duck hooks and learn to hit a fade.
I can shape my driver at will but my irons are either a draw, draw'er or draw'est
Been playing for 3 years so maybe this year get some lessons and a club fitting
I'm 56 and I can tell you your best golf doesn't have to be behind you. I'm better now than I ever was. I have been a two handicap for 30 years but my ball striking is so much better now. I'm smarter on the course. I don't blow up to big numbers anymore. I'm not as long as I used to be but I am way more consistent.
I still play 7 or 8 tournaments a year. I finally got to a place where I don't care what people think of me and I don't let very good players scare me anymore. I have learned, everybody looks good on the range but that doesn't mean you can play.
Work on it. Don't let age bother you. It's just a number.
Take a golf trip with my buddies.... it's been years since I've done that.
Shoot at least one sub 70 round.
Make my irons a strength again instead of a weakness.
Lose 25 lbs and keep it off.
At age 68 spend more practice time on the course during slow periods. I have lost distance off the tee and I need to improve my approach game and avoid double bogeys. I am deadly on the range but my home course is not flat.
Shoot even par. Managed a couple of 9's at even par in 2019, but I've yet to string together a full even par round.
Going to stop trying to self diagnose my swing from YouTube. I am finally committing to finding a good professional and taking lessons. Want to be able to break 90 consistently.
Same putter, all year. As I type that, I already want to revise it and try to keep at 3 or less.
What can I say, I like putters.
I tried to work on my iron game last year, so some rounds I didn’t play anything longer than a 6 iron.
Even from the tee on a par 5, surprisingly, I didn’t score that bad. I’m going to do more of that this
year if I’m not in a game with my buddies.
Make my practice more efficient. Don't mindlessly go through the motions. Be attentive for every shot and never take the process for granted.
Swallow the medicine and take a bogey rather than “going for it” and putting myself in a position for a snowman when I get in trouble.
My goals for 2020:
Goals for the Year:
1.) HDCP < 10
2.) Better 2nd shots this year
3.) One 3 putt per round or less
4.) Win Calcutta flight this year
Good luck everyone!
Ah crap, I forgot my most important resolution:
Play enough rounds to calculate a proper handicap. Come November 2020, I want to be able to say "Hey, I'm a ___ Handicap," which will set me up for success in 2021 because I'll have a metric by which to improve. My wife has given me permission to golf in parallel to her running marathons, so I've tentatively got 2 rounds set with those; I've got a third outing with her uncle sometime in June; which leaves me with but 2 more that I'll need to pursue on my own.
1. Improve post-round routine.
2. Build plus fours wardrobe.
3. Be minus ten pounds.
Norm OldCuss Bryan
Lessons and get fitted
Practice irons. A lot more.
Don't try hit every shot as hard as I possibly can, slow it down a bit.
-drop handicap to single digits. so at least 1 stroke or more.
-gain 10 yards on all clubs (im a short hitter, probably flip, starting to work it out) while keeping easy tempo and accuracy.
-break 80 5 times.
-Stop looking for new clubs and just play.
-Play better courses and leave the poor quality muni's alone.
If you take care of 2, you'll most likely cover #3 too.
More time on the course.
Less time on the range.
Buying and sticking to a set of clubs rather than changing my gear every year.
Using the game as a stress management tool, at more affordable courses, rather than letting its ongoing increased costs cause financial stress.
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