From Mark Day, PGA Professional: I wrote about goal setting back in November and thought it might be a good time to remind you about it, now that — fingers crossed — we’ll be back playing soon.
Sometimes the theory of goal setting gets in the way of actually doing the goal setting. So, I thought I’d share with you this week a walkthrough practical application of goal setting.
Join me now (if not now then when you have some time). All you need is a pen and paper to start with…
Let’s start by writing a challenge statement: A challenge statement is a call to action that provides a clear, concise goal for you to work towards and helps you understand the aims and terms of the challenge.
Here are some golfing examples:
- I want to break 90 for 18 holes before May 2021;
- I want to play 9 Holes in less than 40 within five weeks of getting back to play;
- I want to drop five shots off my putting average in the first 12 weeks of getting back to golf;
- I want to score average on par 5s below 5.5 within my first 10 rounds back to golf;
- I want to lower my personal best round, at my home club, by two shots in a competition before September 2021.
Take five minutes now to write your challenge statement. Go with your first instincts, trust yourself, you can always change it if you like.
Now think about developing a plan:
- Schedule your games;
- Schedule your practice sessions (off course and on course);
- What resources might you use to help you? (training aids, practice games, game planning, stats app, mobile phone etc);
- What skills will you need to upgrade? Technical, tactical, physical, mental, social;
- Consider nutrition: how will you keep yourself fuelled over 18/9 holes?
- Any new equipment needed? GPS watch, new driver/putter/wedges, download stats app etc;
- How will you track your journey? What will offer me objective information to consider with subjective information? How will I measure my progress?
- Who will support me?
- Take five minutes now to start shaping your plan. Just dump it all down, don’t limit yourself, whatever comes to mind. We can always filter through later.
Why you should write a challenge statement and develop a plan:
Writing a challenge statement and designing a plan allows you to start predicting based on your assumptions. Remember, my assumptions based on my knowledge and experience as a player and coach may be different to your assumptions, so that’s where regular communication is really important.
Writing a challenge statement and designing a plan allows you to be intentional with your actions both on and off the golf course. This helps you focus on what’s important and not get distracted by what’s not.
Writing a challenge statement and designing a plan will help with feedback as you get curious about what works for you, when and why? The difference between your predicted outcomes and actual outcomes provides a nice space for you to reflect on and continue or adjust your plans accordingly. This is “Performance by Design”.
So as far as I can see, there is only one thing now to do …
NOTE: Be kind to yourself with this. Setting your challenge statement that means shooting your personal best score in competition within a week of getting back may not create the long-term motivational climate to help you play better golf and have more fun.
To celebrate getting out of lockdown I’d like to offer all newsletter subscribers £10 off their first session in 2021
Simply go to my website www.markdaygolf.com and schedule an Adult One-to-One 30-minute or 60-minute lesson using the code WINTERWONDERLAND to instantly get £10 off your first session.
The code is valid until April 30th, 2021, and I’ll help you set your challenge statement for 2021, design a plan and take those first steps towards playing better golf and having more fun on the course.
From Jack Grogan, PGA Professional: I hope everyone has been keeping well over the last few weeks since we all had the chance to see each other. I know it’s been a very difficult time for many but it looks like the road to normality is being laid out and, hopefully, we will be able to return very soon.
Watching the last couple of tour events on TV has given me a real bug to get back on the golf course to play and, more importantly, help others improve and get back to enjoying the game that we all love.
Once we return I hope to run some free engagement events to help you shave some shots of your round and continue to improve. Talk to any golfer who hasn’t played for some time and they all agree that it’s the shots around the green and the ‘feel shots’ that are the hardest to get back. I will, therefore, be running three clinics on putting, chipping and pitching.
We will cover posture, technique, ball position and the mechanics of each shot. This will allow you to have a variety of different options and shots to play when you are around the green. They will also allow you to gain a better understanding of how different shots can be played and used efficiently to help reduce your scores.
These one-hour sessions will run from 6pm – 7pm as follows:
- April 8th: Putting
- April 15th: Chipping
- April 22nd: Pitching
Spaces will be limited to eight people per session, so if you would like to take part please get in contact to reserve your space. My email is [email protected] or message me on 07517490792.
If anyone has been thinking about improving their game during lockdown, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss individual lessons and plans that we can get in place for you to make 2021 a great year for your game.