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Golf Goals or Golf Resolutions?

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I am really not a fan of making resolutions for every new year.  I’d really rather make goals when I figure out something that I would like to do.  "Resolutions" always seem to go in the garbage by mid-February the way I see it.  I’ve had some particular golf-related goals that I want to accomplish for some time now.  For me, having goals work much better since you can track their progress.  Its a process that I’ve followed for most of the sports I’ve played throughout my life.

First – make your goal reasonable!  I am all for ambition, but if you are shooting a 150 and want to get into the 80s in a few months you are setting yourself up for failure.  I suppose that if you did nothing else but work at your game every day with a coach it could be possible.  Realistically though, how likely is that?  I’m sure there are exceptions to every rule but why not just first work on beaking 100? 

Next – make milestones: in the above example, if you really are at 150 and want to be breaking 100 by the end of a particular period, break it up into small chunks.  Give yourself an adequate amount of time to break it in half, then get to 100.  Of course, these time periods need to be assertvie so you don’t get lazy. 

Don’t forget to give yourself a break also.  It is very easy to get frustrated when you are watching the pros so effortlessly swing the club.  Be sure to compare your progress to your previous work and not to Annika Sorenstam or Tiger Woods.  Let’s face it, most of us will never be that good.

Finally, just follow though.  Keep to your goals but remember my previous bit of advice.  If you get sidetracked with a job, kids, family, or other unforeseen distractions don’t worry about it.  Golf will always be there.  I’m fairly certain the game isn’t going away any time too soon.  When you are ready to continue, golf will be ready for you.

My latest goal is to stop being what one instructor calls "handsy" with my swing.  I have a tendency to tense up at times and grip the club entirely too hard.  It is so true that less is more and I have really been working on that part of my game at the range.  I’m definitely making progress. 

What are your latest goals for your game?  Are you making goals or resolutions?

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  1. Watch

    Jan 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Good advice. For the previous poster, it is important when you do get that set of good clubs, you see a professional clubfitter (an independent business owner with his own shop) to have your irons adusted for loft and lie angles — suited to YOUR INDIVIDUAL swing. Better yet, make sure the shafts in your clubs are right for your individual game as well.

    I just had the irons I assembled and swingweighted for myself fitted by a true professional. Every single one of my irons needed adjustment. And they are high quality clubs to begin with. (The lie angles were flattened for me and the lots evenly spaced throughout the set.) The most immediate result was that my wedges now go straight all the time, not 75% of the time. What a relief that was. And with the long irons I am now drawing the ball 5-10 yards instead of 20-25.

    It’s been real cold here, so I haven’t had much of a chance to practice or play much since the adjustment, but I have spent some range time and did get in one round. The loft and lie adjustments are going to make an important difference in my game come this spring.

    Now if I could quit averaging this per round: one blown tee shot, 2-3 fat shots, 2 greenside wedge skulls, 2-3 three-putts.

  2. jmxs2410

    Jan 11, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I’m one of those guys that’s about ready to take golf seriously. I’ve been saving up my money for about 7 months now to purchase a good set of clubs. Anytime I play, I usually shoot over 100. Like the author said, I immediately think about scoring in the 80’s…and comparing my game to a good friend of mine. That was great advice to just focus on breaking 100 and looking back on the progress I’m making in small strides and not to try and be someone else.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
  • June 18-21: US Open – NY Post reporting postponed; not yet confirmed by USGA
  • July 16-19: Open Championship – On Schedule

PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
  • March 19-22: Hero Indian Open – Postponed
  • April 16-19: Maybank Championship – Postponed
  • April 23-26: Volvo China Open – Postponed
  • April 30-May 3: Andalucia Masters – Postponed
  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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GolfWRX AUA (Ask Us Anything): TaylorMade fitters are answering YOUR questions!

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With the downtime, #teamtaylormade are ready to talk golf!

Go to the link below to ask any TM specific questions you may have. TaylorMade fitters from across the US will be diving in the forums to answer questions, talk golf and get you dialed. Take this opportunity to go TM crazy.

Team TaylorMade fitters that will be participating:

  • Chris Clegg, Georgia
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  • Lewis Schnauble, Maryland
  • John Tabor, Michigan
  • Freddy Villarta, California
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  • James Albright, Arizona

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