The New Year, gulp, has arrived, which means it’s time for most people to make empty promises about what they are going to do over the coming 12 months, but you aren’t most people.
It’s time to get serious about your game and here are five resolutions that will make 2019 a great golf year.
— Commit to practice. I find every reason imaginable not to do it as well, but set aside a little bit of time, even if it’s just 15 minutes after the kids go to bed. If you don’t want to practice swing mechanics in a mirror or can’t practice putting indoors, do golf specific exercises, something that will help you on a lot of fronts.
— Don’t mimic what you see on TV and gently call out friends who do. You might be a grown man who doesn’t take the lead of a 24-year-old hot shot on Tour but, at the very least, some of your playing partners do. From the endless practice swings and pre-shot routines to marking 16-inch putts, to many people repeat what they see on TV. Don’t be that guy. Putt out. Play ready golf. Prepare for your shot while the other guys in your group are playing. You may never play better than your favorite player on Tour but you can play at a better pace, without sacrificing your enjoyment of the game.
— Play in a tournament. Most people think competitive golf is the domain of the game’s elite, but there are host of tourneys in Myrtle Beach, highlighted by the World Amateur Handicap Championship, that will allow you to experience a competitive rush. You owe it to yourself to give it a go.
— Everyone’s budget is different – mine certainly doesn’t allow for a $500 round at Pebble Beach – but identify a bucket list course you’d like to play and find a way to do it (set $5-$10 per week aside?). Golf is an experiential, aspirational game so make it a point to fulfill some of those ambitions. Dunes Club, Caledonia, TPC Myrtle Beach, Tidewater and Barefoot, are just a few of the Myrtle Beach golf courses worth setting aside budget money for, and the experience will stay with you.
— Enjoy yourself more. Golf is hard. Sometimes you save for that bucket list round and find that you left your swing at home. Your head wants to explode in those situations but work hard to prevent it. Golf is about more than what the scorecard says at the end of the round. Sure, you want to be the guy collecting money or enjoying free lunch, but if you aren’t, appreciate the opportunity to spend fours outside with friends.