In just a few days, March will be upon us which for a lot of people signifies the start of the golf season. Now is the time to make goals for your 2017 season of golf. EVERYONE should have goals and everyone’s should be unique to themselves.
Harvard Business School did a study on goals and the people that set them. Only 3% of the country’s population set goals and write them down. 14% have goals or a plan but nothing in writing. 83% of people have no plans or goals in mind at all! Which category do you fall in as a golfer?
Here is why it important to know which category you are in:
The 3% who write down goals are 3 time more successful than the 14% who just have them in their mind. The 14% who don’t write them down are 10 times more successful than the 83% who have no goals at all. That means that the 3% who have goals and write them down are 30 times more successful than the people who have no plans or goals at all.
Golf Professionals are often asked – ‘with all of the technology advancements in the last 20 years why has the average golfer’s handicap has barely budged?’ I think that goal setting has a lot to do with that fact.
I challenge each and every one of you – make goals for yourself and your golf game. Use a scorecard like below to track your stats. Averaging 6 greens in regulation over the course of 10 rounds? Let’s make that 7 by the end of May and 8 by the end of September. Your handicap is currently 24? By the end of the summer less than 20 is a realistic option. Make your goals specific, realistic, and time based.
When setting my own goals, I start back looking back at my tournament schedule from the year prior. How successful was I and what statistics can I build upon? Next I set my tournament schedule for the upcoming season. How much improvement can I realistically achieve? Once my goals are set, I LET THE GOALS DETERMINE THE FOCUS OF MY PRACTICE. Never the other way around.