The 2019 Challenge

Why do YOU play golf? There are probably as many different reasons someone might take up the game and continue to play as there are people playing. With that said how do we provide relevant information and instruction to the masses? Can the beginner or weekend warrior benefit from the same stuff as the fierce competitor? Well I believe we all have more things in common than you might think.

Wether you have taken up the game for recreation and social reasons or aspiring to turn your effort into an education or even a vocation, the challenge of getting better is still a huge motivator. Even though to make the team or to make the cut you need to out-perform the other person, this is still a game that requires you to perform your best against the course and yourself.

It is after all “a game”and let’s never forget that games are made to be fun. Unlike a flat out running race or weight lift, the game of golf gives players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities the opportunity to assess their skills, identify their strengths, strategize a plan, and test themselves.

Although some people are fortunate enough to become quite proficient in a relatively short period of time, there is simply no shortcut to really good golf. Whether you are striving to break 100 or to break 70, improvement is still a process and  if you’re up to the challenge, we would like to help you to make 2017 the most productive improvement golfing year of your life. In fact, it is so important that we start off correctly that we are going to use the remainder of December to to get prepared.

Before any significant change can be made, careful evaluation should take place. We live in a world that is consumed and in many cases driven by statistics. Evaluating activity is a science and has become a key component to success. From finance to baseball or insurance to health care, stats give us a very clear picture of “what is”. We are going to use them as well to prepare ourselves for a breakthrough. 

Statistics are a big part of every sport for a reason. The figures don’t lie. Do you know what area of your game would make the biggest impact on your overall performance if you could develop that to your potential? Let’s take your next few rounds or 9 hole sessions and find out.

During the remainder of the year, when you go out to play, grab an extra scorecard and in the players name column, write:

  • Fairways
  • Greens
  • Putts
  • Greenside Saves 
  • Sand Saves

Managing yourself around the course is a very important part of playing the game and just the exercise of keeping your performance stats will get you get familiar with the routine of staying in the moment and playing “one shot at a time”.

Okay, here we go!

Play from the tee boxes that you are comfortable with and give each shot your best effort. At first we’re going to keep it very simple.

When teeing off your goal should be to:

 – Make a good swing and solid contact

 – Advance the ball a distance that allows you to reach the green in regulation.

 – Have a clear shot to the green (if you’re a bit off the fairway but have a shot, that will work)

If you accomplish these things place a 1 in the score box for that hole.

If you came up short in one of these areas and your tee shot cost you a stroke on the hole then score a 0.

Same holds true for GIR’s:

 – did you hit the green? Score a 1

 – no? Score a 0

Greenside Saves:

 – get up and down? Score a 1

Note: if you’ve made a mess of things up to the green and have an opportunity to get up and down, whether its for bogey or a triple, score yourself a 1 if you were successful.

Sand Saves:

 – same scoring

Finally, simply log how many putts you took on each hole.

Your 9 hole score could look something like this:

Fwy: 4/7

GIR: 3/9

GS: 2/4

SS: 1/2

Putts: 15

(score +3)

Over the course of the month you will start to identify your strengths and weaknesses and know where to invest your practice time that will yield the greatest improvement.

Now don’t be surprised if your scores are a little better while going through this process. A big part of solid and consistent golf is to stay in the moment and when you have specific incremental goals you generally perform better.

After the first of the year I’m going to systematically breakdown the game for you in a way that helps you develop those specific areas that are going to take your game to the next level. Specific shots of course but also things like course management, setting yourself up for success, controlling emotion and focus, and the all important “making a score”. There are so many areas of the game of golf that are fun and exciting to try and learn that the process is endless AND will payoff big if you put in the work.

Remembering that success is a journey, not a destination and so is this game – Enjoy it!

Please post your comments and feedback. I’m very interested in what you have to say.

To a great and productive 2019,

Mike Metz Golf

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