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Goals for spring 2005

Rockford35

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Seeing as the season is winding down for me, it's time for a reflection on the season's pros and cons, and what I can do to improve in my golf game, and in life as a whole. Here's a few of my inner thoughts:

1). Increase strength over the winter for stronger iron play. Not alot, but just a little. I think it would help with both stamina and accuracy out of tough situations.

2). Putting. Easily the most inconsistent part of my game this year. I worked extremely hard on my short game this season and my putting suffered because of it. Granted, i changed blades this season, but i'm not going to use that as an excuse. Next season is the season of the short stick.

3). Mental focus. Extremely important. I need to be sitting on the 17 green with a 65 on my card and not finish with a 74. I think the math will allow you to figure this one out.

4). Equipment. This is it. I'm going to go one whole season without upgrading........ya right! :D

5). Scoring. Take advantage of birdie opportunities. See #2 and # 3 above.

6). Practice. I went hard this season and I was happy with the results. Now i just have to keep that up, even with interruptions that are bound to occur.

7). Weather. This year sucked the hind tit as far as weather went. It rained for 3 straight weeks in the spring and it's been super crap almost every week for at least 3 of 7 days since. I wishing for a good spring and long summer next year.

8). Diet. I've been eating well this year. At Christmas i ballooned to 189 (I'm 182 now) and i could barely fit into my pants and shorts. I cut back on alot of stuff, and it's paid off. I feel good and my girlfriend seems to like my ass, so i must be doing something right. I'll send pics if anyone wants them. :rolleyes:

9). Enjoyment. I want everyone that i play with to enjoy themselves when they play. My goal when i play golf is to have a good time each and everytime i'm out there, even with the occasional curse word or two. I think this is the most importanta aspect of this great game, the FUN!

10). I need to post more on Shot Talk. Bravo is almost caught up to me! :eek:

11). I need to chew corn more. (Figure that one out yourselves) ;)

If anyone wants to add anything to this list, please do. I'm always looking for things to improve on.

Thanks guys.

Thomas
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Loop

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Great ideas Thomas. Last year, my goals were only on the long game with the driver and irons. Next year, I'm setting on short game with putting, chipping and pitching. The bad thing is that I have a wooden floor and the ceiling isn't that high. I guess I'll have to invest in some rug or carpet, as the little putting mat won't cut it for the chipping.
You know how winter is, it's bloody long, especially here in Mtl. I'm actually thinking of moving to BC. Rain is better than snow anytime :eek:
 

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This was the first year I set some goals......I was a casual once or twice a month golfer, this year I.....

*Joined a men's league
*established a handicap
*played at least once a week (mostly)

My wife works nights and weekends so I am Mr. Mom to 3 kids which precludes me from being more active.

My goal for next season is a simple one....

A series of lessons.
 
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Good call by both of you.

Sling, I don't envy your situation as I as far from that as I could be. But, you sound like a responsible guy, and I commend you for that. And joining the mens league is awesome. I'm thinking of doing that next year too. Just another excuse to play!

Loop, I didn't realize you were from Montreal. So, i know you can relate to the garbage weather, although it's no as rough as out here in SK. Maybe we should both move the BC.....terrible beer, but great golf!

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DaveE

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I don't think I had ever set any goals involving golf until about 2 years ago. My wife bought me a series of lessons and the pro asked what I wanted to get out of them. That sort of forced me to verbalize my goal which was to become a bogey golfer. I managed to break 90 before the lessons were over so I figured that goal setting was a good thing.

This summer I had two goals.

1. Improve my iron play. I was losing way too many strokes from fairway to green. After much practice and many demos I've ended up with different irons and a better game.

2. As a result of #1 lower index to 14. I'm not there yet, but the last time I looked it was 15 so I'm close.

I'm planning on taking 2 or 3 more lessons this Fall and then working on whatever changes are made over the winter. I'll set new goals early Spring but chewing my corn better probably won't be one of them. Not buying new equipment should be one but it'll never happen. :D
 

bdcrowe

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My goal was more accurate irons. I have achieved that, especially as of the last week or so they have gelled. Great consistence, awesome contact and great distance.

Goal for next few months. Get the driver and fairway woods under control. Now that the irons are so good, my former strong suit is horrible! Oh, the vicous cycle.
 

Duckhook Mallard

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My goals are, in order -

-Hit more fairways (PLEASE, PUUULLLLEEEEESE hit more fairways)

-More up and downs - currently running about 30% - want to get above 50%

-Break 80.

That's it.

Good luck to you gentlemen.
 
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Mallard, how close are you to 80?

Fairways and up and downs will come with practice and sticking with your equipment.

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Duckhook Mallard

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I've hit 84 twice in the last 6 months or so. I swear that is seems like 90% of my scores are between 88-92. I must have shot 89 at least 10 times this year.

My problem is blow up holes - I can't seem to get out of a round without posting an 8 or 9 somewhere. It really kills my score. . .

I actually am getting much better around the green, and my up and downs are improving. . . so I'm not worried too much about that .. . just more practice.

But off the tee I'm a train wreck - I honestly hit about half of the fairways but when I miss - - - - I miss big. Usually OB or in some rich guys back yard - hence the occasional 8s and 9s.

When I'm in the fairway, I'm almost always either par/bogey, but when I'm hacking it out of the iceplant. . . .my score tends to creep up there as you might imagine.

DM
 
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I see.

If i could lend a suggestion, for what it's worth, it would be this. Put away the driver. I used to be al about hitting it downtown and with authority. But nowadays i hit driver maybe 75% of the time and bring either a nicely stroked 3 iron or a 3 wood into the repetoire. It honestly has made my game really come together. I was like that, all about one huge hole that kills my game. But course management plays a big roll in my good scoring, for me anyways.

I'll never tell someone what equipment to use or how to play golf. And i'll never win an argument that has two sides. All I can do is make suggestions that make sense, at least to me.

Do me a favour and try this. If the driver goes south, hit an iron or a 3 wood. You'll be suprised how much of a difference it makes on the scorecard.

Just remember, it takes two to get there anyways. What's 30 yards between friends? :D

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buddha33

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Two goals to achieve before the end of this year:

1. Break 100
2. Break 90

Both will be done.
 
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Right on.

Now, if you can get that for the front nine, the back should be a snap! :D

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Youngun5

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my only goal is to make state for H.S. golf i'm on a new program gonna work really hard, everything is coming together nicely, hopefully i'll be sending you guys some newspaper links with yours truly in them.
 

Loop

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buddha33 said:
Two goals to achieve before the end of this year:

1. Break 100
2. Break 90

Both will be done.

Which one are you going to accomplish first? :confused:
 

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