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I'm playing my first round of 2019 today after work. Its going to be a wet and soggy one but I am super excited to finally get out. It had me thinking about some of the goals I have going into this season. I figured I'd share them and open up the discussion for others to share their goals too. I have three:

 

1. Better course management - This kind of speaks for itself. I am going to have a plan for each hole and each shot instead of eagerly going up there and hitting the ball to where I think is safe. 

 

2. Simplify the game (shot and club choices) - This kind of goes in hand with #1. I played some rounds with some seniors last year that easily shoot in the 70s every time. One of the things I picked up from them was how these guys just plain out keep it simple. They take their time. They don't try to kill the ball. They don't try any risky shots. They seem to always stay out of trouble because of this. Makes total sense, ha. So, I am trying to take a similar approach (no pun) this year. I added a driving iron to my bag towards the end of last year. One of the best decisions I ever made as it resulted in more tee shots being in safer play. Not that I am a bad driver, I just don't need to try and bomb a drive on a 340 yard tree-lined par 4. Get me out there safely 220+ yards with a 120- yard approach and I'll take that all day. This also goes for around the green too. Sometimes I'll try to get "cute" with my wedges and it will result in poor shots. Need to clean that up.

 

3. Walk more - I am now a proud owner of two Jones bags - Utility Stand and The Original. I am fortunate to be in good physical health and I have a lot of great, walk-able courses nearby. Time to get out and enjoy golf the way it was meant to be! The exercise is a plus, too.

 

Oh, I'm also looking forward to hitting these shiny new Japanese blades for the very first time on a course.

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I just made a list of goals myself. 

 

Outcome goals (what I want to accomplish)

 

1. Finish top 10 in my provincial amateur championship and qualify for nationals (different province this year should make this more attainable ?) 

 

2. Top 3 in regionals (military golf)

 

3. Top 5 at nationals (military)

 

Process goals

 

1. Increase Club speed to 120. (I know I have a lot more speed in me as I used to when I was younger, I was close last year and I have been working out in hopes to gain those last few mph)

 

2. Less then 1 penalty stroke per round.  (I struggled last year with lost focus that would create poor shots and put me in a lot of trouble) 

 

3. Increase make % outside 10ft (I had some flaws in my approach last year that I was able to corner with a coach. Taking in the time on the green will go a long way to accomplish my other goals, low hanging fruit) 

 

4. Just enjoy the process (it’s been a while I’ve had the time to put into a sport and I have been enjoying it thus far. I do have a tendency to get overly focused on the outcome and it brings out frustration. I’m looking to avoid that as much as possible) 

 

 

 

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my only goal for the year is to figure out how never to hit a hook again... ever.. 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 Ventus blue 6x

3 wood: Titleist Tsi2 15 Ventus blue 7x

& Wood: Titleist TSi2 Ventus Red 9X
Taylormade Gapr low 2 ventus blue 9x
4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
Wedges 50, 54, 60 Cleveland ZIPCORE
PUTTER; LAB DF2.1
BALL; Bridgestone BX, OR Taylomade TP5x PIX

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Ferguson said:
No expectations or goals for 2019.   

 

 

Play more with the kids. 

Why do I have this image of gran torino in my head... 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 Ventus blue 6x

3 wood: Titleist Tsi2 15 Ventus blue 7x

& Wood: Titleist TSi2 Ventus Red 9X
Taylormade Gapr low 2 ventus blue 9x
4-PW Cobra king forged CB KBS $ Taper 130 X flex
Wedges 50, 54, 60 Cleveland ZIPCORE
PUTTER; LAB DF2.1
BALL; Bridgestone BX, OR Taylomade TP5x PIX

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My goal for this year is more on mental side of things.

 

For the longest time, I have been a golfer who easily gets frustrated and gives up when things go bad. My buddy who caddied for me once, said that if I fix that attitude, I would enjoy the game more and would shoot lower scores. So far, all winter long, I have been working on my pre shot routine using a simulator. And on the sim, I have been practicing the mental part as well. When I make mistakes, I make sure that I don't get discouraged and stick to my routine and execute the next shot with the best that I can. So far it seems like it is working. The only thing I need to do now is to do it in real life. :smile:

 

I cannot imagine that I have been able to lower my handicap in the last 5 years to single digits with a very weak mental toughness lol 

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My goals are simple as well:

  1. No more slicing driver
  2. Break 90 (although with my last few rounds being just over 100, maybe that should be my goal first?? but truth be told, for a while there i was consistently in the 90s)
  3. Play more. I get to the range quite a bit, but a lot less on the course, so that's a goal of mine is to just actually play more, practice less
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My goal is to lower my handicap at or below a 3 (currently 4.8). I'm going to do this by using my limited practice time more effectively (I work 60+ hrs a week). I'm going to really focus on my short game during practice sessions because I seem to be so hot and cold in that area. My course management needs improvement as well. I don't play enough to take on those risk-reward shots that I always seem to mess up at least once a round. I'm not the kind of guy to get too frustrated but I need to focus more while playing.

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I like to say:

Shoot in the 70's (currently a 6 handicap),

lower said handicap

walk the course more

Make better decisions.

Honestly just have fun with the game. The past few seasons I've gotten caught up in stats etc etc etc and it made things worse. I've played 2 "real" rounds and just kept score and I've shot 77 and 79. Fill in the blanks later.

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Good thread - enjoyed reading how others are approaching the impending season, though I guess for those in warmer climates there's no such thing as a "season."

 

In the Fall of '17 I played some of my best golf ever, and at the start of last season I really felt filled with confidence and ready to go. I started off well enough, but after about a month or two of playing fine my game unexpectedly took a real turn for the worse. It took me several months to pull out of that rut and there were a number of really abysmal rounds sprinkled in between some mediocre ones.

 

With that fresh in my memory, I'm approaching this year with more of a cautiously optimistic frame of mind than I was going into last year. I've kind of accepted the type of player I am at this point and hope I can do better at enjoying just being out there playing the game and not so wrapped up in whether I'm playing well or not.

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Over the past few years, I've been methodically focusing my goals and practice on improving particular areas of my game. So far, I've strengthened play off the tee with practice and better course management. My putting and chipping have improved, as well as my wedge play.

This year, I'm attacking the weakest part of my game - irons. I've been reading and asking questions on the forum for the past few months to devise a strategy and approach. To start, I'm going to be pulling more club and hitting punch shots on every approach through the early season.

Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
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Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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1. Start keeping track of scores to figure out my handicap and lower it. I usually shoot in the mid 80's and I'd like to get to the point where I'm breaking 80 or at least giving myself a chance to break 80 more often.

2. I'd love to get closer to 110-115mph swingspeed. Currently around 103 and I'm using the superspeed golf training system and working out regularly to get into better shape.

3. Concentrate on my own game and take more time. I'm a pretty fast player, but I always feel like I can do more to speed up play and my game usually suffers.

4. Play more courses that I haven't played before.

Taylormade SIM2 -- Graphite Design AD-IZ 6s
Titleist TSi2 5W -- Diamana Thump 75s
PXG 0317x 22° -- Nippon GOST
PXG Gen3 0311P 4 -- Modus 120x

PXG Gen4 0311T 5-Gw -- S400
JP Golf Premier Wedge 54° & 58° -- KBS Hi Rev 2.0s
Tyson Lamb Camden -- BGT Stability Tour

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I like all 3 in the OP. #3 is one I'm trying for the first time this year. I pretty much have only used a cart my whole life. I got a push cart last year as a gift for being at my company for 10 years. Planning on getting some use out of it this year. I'm too lazy to carry, but think I can manage with the push cart.

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I just want to play, currently in Afghanistan, so I went home for Christmas and vacationed at Disney, played the Magnolia (love that course), going home again in May, hope to get out a few times, we'll see...but yes just to play would just fine for me...

Ping G400 LS Tec 8.5*, Rogue Silver 125 MSI, Tour S, 44.25"
Ping G410 14.5*, Stock Alta S Flex, 43"
Callaway Apex Hybrid 18*, GD Tour AD-DI 85S
Callaway Apex X Muscleback 4-P, DG Tour Issue shafts
Callaway X Forged 52, 56, 60-DG Tour Issue shafts
Odyssey #7 stroke lab, 34" oversize grip
Bridgestone Tour XS (Tiger Edition) and new Pro V1

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