As we begin 2020 and a new decade, it allows for the chance to look towards the future on goals and expectations. Whether it be finally starting that workout plan or to become more organized, the New Year creates a sense of freshness and hope that no other time of the year brings.
Let’s do the same for this golf season in 2020! However, think outside the box a bit. Although having goals of improving golf scores and becoming a better player is great, there also other goals that don’t rely on becoming a better player. Think of some goals that will enhance relationships with the others around us, growing the game to more people, especially our youth, and ultimately rekindling the love for the game that we had when we started. Here below are some sample resolutions to make your golf season more enjoyable, whether your a professional or have a 25 handicap.
The best way to find that passion you once when you began golf is to see someone else discover it for the first time. Whether it be your son/daughter, spouse, or a very close friend, take them to a driving range. Even if they don’t take a liking to the sport, it gives an opportunity to spend time with that person you care deeply about.
I know this is all one we have heard before but lets actually try to do it! Spend less time worrying about your score and enjoy the opportunity. Think about this…what other sport can you play from the cradle to the grave and can appreciate something new each time you play. In my opinion, there is nothing more enjoyable than spending time with friends on the golf course and sharing life with them. No matter what skill level you are, appreciating these little things in life can pay big dividends.
Go out and try a new golf course that you have never played before. See what new experiences you can have around at another golf course. Notice the architecture and compare it to places you know. There’s nothing better than to appreciate the traditional golf architecture of the Ross, Jones, and Dye designs and how they still hold up to the technology of today’s game.
Find some new media material to read or listen to this upcoming year. Many of the oldies, especially Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, gives a great perspective on the life lessons of golf. There are also a ton of great golf podcasts out there, including The Stripe Show by Travis Fulton, giving insight into the instructional side of golf with a variety of guests from many different backgrounds. The content is out there, so find your niche in the golf world and dive in!
One of the best ways to rekindle your passion for golf is to simply watch it. Witnessing the world’s best compete can inspire your golf game. Try to watch these professionals in person, for this creates an even more enhanced experience. Witnessing all levels, whether it be a high-level amateur tournament or a major championship can motivate your golf experience for the better
It is not too late to have a goal for the 2020 golf season. However, don’t limit yourself with these above. These are just to get you started. Make them your own. Comment below on what your golf resolution will be in 2020! Let’s make this golf season the best yet!