Grow My Game

Plan your golf around fun

By Jack Dillon
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Frustration is just about the most used word in golf, with more than four letters.
As an experienced golfer, you want always to be dialed in and playing your best. You begin every round with high hopes for several pars, a few birdies, and for nothing worse than a bogey.
But as a player who has seen this movie before, you realize the stark reality of just playing to your handicap or worse.
The best things don’t come easy
We all know that golf is the greatest game, and yet it is the toughest. For in every round, we struggle with our toughest foe, that person in the mirror. This post is about having a good day on the course, no matter the final score.
I say it is time to be up front and honest with that person looking back at you, so that the golf becomes about the good results and not the misplaced hope.
2 ways to minimize frustration
  1. Manage your expectations — If you are an 18 handicap, do not think about breaking 80 for the first time. Think about each hole and how you will prepare for every shot.
  2. Work with your PGA or LPGA Coach to tighten up and improve your skills, in order to do more than hope your way to lower scores.
Consider working closer with your Coach in the upcoming months by adding two or three lessons. As you build more consistency into your instruction and practice schedules, you will create more opportunities to surpass your managed expectations. Gaining consistency will no doubt curtail the frustration gene.
Schedule coaching sessions when you have time to practice the skills
After each lesson, plan your practice and play time, incorporating the feedback your Coach has provided.
Work to create a schedule that closely aligns the lesson, practice, and play. It is important to schedule lessons when you can create this time to make the improvements. If you can make the time, you can diminish the frustration in your game, adding fun to each day with a club in hand.
Remember, we are not tour pros. We play recreational golf. It should be about adding up the amount of fun, and not the amount of shots. Plan your golf around your PGA or LPGA Professional’s support — and around fun — no matter the final score.