Every year around this same time,
we begin to get excited about golf sea
son. Maybe it’s because football season
is over and thoughts of the Masters, the
Shell Houston Open, and so many other
tournaments coming up gets us fired up
about playing and practicing our golf
game. If I told you that this was the year
I was going to play more, practice more,
and get better, wouldn’t that sound like
the same thing you have told yourself
every year. I know I’ve broken this
promise to myself too many times.
But this year is going to different. To
improve my golf game, I first need to
start analyzing my shots. So my plan is
to play nine holes at least five times in
the next two weeks. I’m going to track
all of my shots to see how many fairways
I hit, how many greens I hit, how many
penalty shots I had, how many bunkers
I was in, and how many putts I had. I’m
also going to keep track of how many
shots I was totally com
mitted to on each hole.
To hit good shots, you
have to be committed.
At the end of those
rounds, I will have a
good idea of what I
will need to practice
to improve my scores.
I will work on some of
this by myself. Chip
ping, pitching, and
putting are areas that I
have had some lessons
and I think I can work
on these areas by myself.
If I am having problems
with my full swing shots, I will seek out
a PGA Professional. I am a PGA Profes
sional but I can’t see myself swing and
sometimes we need some different eyes
and some new ideas.
Sometimes we need some mental
coaching. If you are serious about get
ting better and this is an area you need
help, talk with your swing coach and ask
for suggestions. There are sports psy
chologists who can help. There are also
books and online options for improving
your mental game.
The last area to think about is to be
more fit for golf. Golf requires flex
ibility, mobility, stability, and strength.
Find a trainer. The Titleist Performance
Institute trains and educates golf profes
sionals, fitness trainers, and medical
professionals to help golfers solve their
physical limitations and help golfers
make their best swings.
This is a call for action. I would love
to hear about your plans to
play more and better golf.
My email is dpilsner@
I am interested to know
how you are doing in im
proving your golf game.
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