You are never going to improve if you dont set yourself goals, longterm and shortterm to achieve that longterm goal.
In terms of a longterm goal, what is a realistic goal to set interms of reducing your handicap? What goals have you set? Is it even realistic to set a specific target interms of handicap over a 12month period?
Currently sitting at 18 in my handicap and would love to get that down to single figures. Would aiming for being a 14 handicapper in 12months from now be unrealistic (obviously with setting various smaller goals in terms of putts per round, fairways hit, GIR etc)
Or in terms of goals, should your handicap be viewed as a by-product of you achieving and working towards your other goals?
Setting a target in terms of a handicap is fraught with pitfalls I reckon.
Firstly, a handicap is just an outcome, not a process, so it's something that we can't control in the end.
Secondly, any goal is dependent on the time and effort put towards it .. so it needs to be well thought out and achievable. The time component is to be the major consideration I think. How much time and effective effort can be put in, will determine what can be achieved
Thirdly, the steps or the processes need to be specific, measurable and most importantly, relevant I think. Eg you will never get to a single figure handicap despite doing putting practice for 5 hours a day ….. if every drive you ever hit ends up in the trees.
You first need to identify the weakest area of your game, find and gain the knowledge about what you should be doing, and then practice it. Once you have that area of the game up to scratch .. work on your next weakest area, in the same systemic method, and keep going, working on one area at a time so you don't dilute your efforts.
And don't neglect the mental game either, as shots can be saved in every round from having a good mental game.
I for one, if I had a goal to improve, would start with chipping, and I reckon if the rest of your game is okay (and not terminal) then start with chipping.
Why I hear you ask ?
If you can chip well, you never have to stress about 3 putts.
You also don't have to stress over missing greens ….. your good chips will leave you with gettable putts, so chipping helps take the stress from two main areas of the game I believe . your putting, and your approach shots.
Just my thoughts of course ….
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