With a new year comes resolutions -- the empty promises we make to ourselves to improve something in our lives.
Cynical? Absolutely. Have you ever visited a gym on Jan. 5? You practically need to pull a ticket to use anything like you're at a deli counter.
Go back to that same gym on March 5. Suddenly that huge back up you experienced two months prior is actually at... the deli counter in the supermarket next door.
It's OK, people.
Here, we're all about golf, which means with a new year nearly upon us, we need to make some golf resolutions.
Here are five shots we resolve to eliminate from our games in 2017 (it's never going to happen):
5. The chili dip. You know -- when you cover the ball in sod and practically miss it, taking a divot the size of a "WELCOME" mat. This vicious little devil typically pops up when you have an important chip from a tight lie in a close match. Maybe you peek too soon. Whatever the case may be, you just jam that club right into the turf... and usually have the chance to attempt the same shot again. No more of that, OK?
4. A topped 3-wood. One of my favorites. You know how it goes. After busting a drive on the screws straight down the middle of the fairway on a par 5, you know you have a legitimate chance to reach the green in two. So, you reach for the 3-wood, address the ball and... swing way too hard and hit right on top of it. Now all you can hope for is that you topped it hard enough to advance it to the point where you can hit a mid-iron in for your third shot.
The best is when there's a foursome on the green on a par 5 and you're on the fence about whether you can reach with the 3-wood. Instead of waiting for the green to clear, you fire away. Ten times out of 10, that ball finds the green and you get dirty looks if not yelled at for not waiting.
Those times you wait? That's when you're going to top it.
3. The flop shot. It's one of the coolest shots in golf. Two things to consider the next time you want to hit one -- even if the lie and the terrain calls for it: 1. Remember that you're not Phil Mickelson; 2. Be honest with yourself. When's the last time you successfully hit a flop shot? If more often than not you're either getting nothing but air or blading it 200 yards past your ended target, what's the point? (First opportunity to attempt a flop shot in 2017, we're all trying it).
2. The pop-up drive. With technology being as spectacular as it is these days, we're all programmed to follow the adage, "Tee it high and let it fly." Sometimes, however, that whole teeing it high part can get a little dicey. Particularly if you have a tendency to hit down on your drives. Suddenly you're hitting pop-fly drives and leaving those dreaded "idiot marks" all over the crown of your shiny, new, $500 drivers. How are you going to eliminate it? Pray to the Golf Gods. That's really all you can do.
1. Bladed bunker shots. I have one golf buddy who this became such an issue for that he literally only uses a putter if he's in a greenside bunker -- it doesn't even matter how deep it is (and, where we play for the most part, he's not dealing with the kind of pot bunkers you see in Scotland). Desperate times call for desperate measures, but we're not advocating resorting to a putter when you're in the sand. All we're saying is to study your lie. Is the sand like hardpan? Maybe you're better off trying to play it like a chip shot from a tight lie in the fairway. Is the bunker extra fluffy? Try hitting that "chunk and run" Johnny Miller is always talking about on TV. Lastly, if you must try and hit a textbook-type bunker shot, always remember to hit the sand first.