Goals can be a lot like New Year’s resolutions
They are often reviewed and adhered to in the first few weeks and then they are quickly forgotten until the end
of the year! Following you will find three tips to set goals that will stay with you over the coming months and allow you to realise them and be playing your best golf sooner than you had thought possible.
There are two types of goals: Outcome goals and Process goals, and it is important to set both. Loosely defined, outcome goals are a result you’d like to achieve, and process goals are the processes you will need to repeatedly follow to achieve that result. The problem comes when we obsess about the outcome and forget about the process. The thing that initially motivated us to take action can put us in the wrong
mindset. For example, your outcome goal is to lower your handicap by 5 strokes. You find your progress is slow and you become very hard on yours
elf and get into a negative mindset that begins the downward spiral which results in you never reaching your goal, often going the other way. Results are not guaranteed with outcome goals. Process goals, on the other hand, are all about the process. They are about doing the right thing, regardless of the outcome, knowing that the right activities will lead you to ultimate success. A process goal is entirely within your control. Continuing with the example of lowering your handicap by 5 strokes a process goal might be “I will execute my pre-shot routine on every shot” This is measurable and doable and you are totally in charge of whether you reach your goal or not.
How to achieve your best golfing year:
- Set a clearly defined outcome goal
- There should be no question about what you want to achieve and it should also be realistic. For example, ‘I will hit every green in regulation’ is not realistic, even for the pros! But an outcome goal of ‘I will be playing off a lower handicap within 3 months’ is achievable as long as the process goals are then developed.
- Set a number of clearly defined process goals. Process goals are the to-lists of golfers striving for excellence. For example:
- I will practice my pre-shot routine on every shot
- I will practice switching on and off with every shot
- I won’t allow anything that happens on the course today to bother or upset me
- I choose to have fun no matter what the outcome of the day
- I choose to think ‘more trust less try’ concept with every shot
- Write down your process goals and take them with you on the course
- Writing things down cements them more in your brain. Reading them while on the course helps to remind you of the steps you are taking to achieve your outcome goal – just don’t think about your outcome goal!
If you are serious about becoming the best golfer you can be, it’s not going to happen overnight or by accident. A diligent and goal orientate approach will help you reach your true potential.
“Every golfer has the potential to be much better than he or she is, and using the mind is one essential way to improve.” Bob Rotella
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3 Tips to have the Best Golfing Holiday Season
1. Eat, drink and be well prepared
Summer golf can be excruciatingly hot and humid. Half freeze your water bottle and top up with water when you arrive at the club – you will have cold water most of the round. If you cramp up consider adding an electrolyte replacement, just be aware of the sugar content of some. You might want to try this new protein, electrolyte water called Bodiez.
2. Relax and have fun
The summer season is usually more relaxed, less pressure and more fun. Pay attention to being more playful on the course; laugh more, enjoy more and be grateful for being able to be out there!
3. Play with feel and flow, not mechanics
Leave the technical thoughts on the range and only take feel and flow onto the course. When you go into your pre shot routine notice how that great practice swing feels and then step into your shot and ‘feel the feel’!