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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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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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  • John Tabor, Michigan
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Report: 2020 U.S. Open to be rescheduled due to Coronavirus pandemic

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This year’s U.S. Open will not go ahead as planned in June and will be rescheduled for a later date, according to a report from the New York Post.

Per the report, the plan is for the tournament to be played “later in the summer”, with the location of the event remaining at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would be closing its doors indefinitely. The news came after New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order telling non-essential businesses to suspend trading immediately due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The New York area currently has 37,200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Thursday 26 March.

Both The Masters and the PGA Championship have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic with plans in place to play both majors at a later date.

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Change my mind: The summer of ’06 was Tiger’s best ever

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The 2006 season was a tale of severe ups and downs for Tiger Woods. It started as a lot of seasons do for him, with a win at Torrey Pines and another at Doral. All things as we would expect from TW in the first run of the season.

Then, life happened in a brutal way that would affect all of us severely: on May 3, 2006, his father passed away. Earl Woods was not only Tiger’s dad but his best friend, most trusted confidant, and Tiger’s security blanket. The passing itself was not a sudden shock per se but regardless it was a hit to the heart and soul of a young man who was on the verge of becoming a father himself.

Leading up to his passing, Tiger had top 25s at Bay Hill and The Players and a T3 at Augusta. Not bad by any measure, but in comparison to the rest of his year, a downtick. Looking back it’s to be expected, and by normal human measures, his play was pretty solid.

In the aftermath of Earl’s passing, Tiger had his first missed cut in a major at the U.S. Open. Not shocking at all, considering how tough the course played and the long layoff leading in for TW. It would be like not swinging a bat for two months and your first at-bat is against Randy Johnson. I don’t care who you are, but the odds are stacked against you in a major way.

It’s at this point that Tiger started a run that I believe was the greatest of his career, maybe even in history.

The Cialis Western Open was his first tournament back, roughly a month after his missed cut at the U.S. Open. It was simply a warmup for TW with a T2 and some signs that his ball-striking was rounding into form.

It was at the 2006 Open Championship that every part of Tiger’s game rounded into form. Some say his performance at Royal Liverpool was his best ball-striking performance ever.

This is what his coach at the time Hank Haney had to say:

“Many consider that the best ball-striking tournament of Tiger’s career but given the fact that he didn’t hit woods I probably wouldn’t go that far but he was nearly flawless with the irons, he hit all the shots, high and low, left to right and right to left.”

The win at The Open that year was monumental even beyond the ball striking. The moment the final putt dropped for a five-stroke victory Tiger Woods, the man who had been a stoic brick house since day one, broke down in tears. Exhausted physically and emotionally, Woods melted into caddie Steve Willams’ shoulder and let it all go. It was a beautiful moment.

The five tournaments after the open were a display of play that I think will go unmatched…ever.

Just look at the results: These are consecutive starts mind you. Keep in mind that winning any tournament is exhausting, two in a row, Herculean…What is six in a row? Not of this planet. And four of them were against the best fields in the world.

If you do the math, he was a combined 109 under par for a tournament average of 18 under. Also, keep in mind that this run included two majors and two WGC championships. Just one of those wins designates a great year. Tiger had four in the span of six weeks.

His final tallies were

Staggering performance, given the fact that he missed a good portion of the year dealing with the death of his father, which changes people in so many ways.

I’ll get pushback on this, especially from those who say the 2000 run was the pinnacle, but I disagree.

But of course, I’m a reasonable man. So I say: Bring it on. Change my mind.

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