Four Resolutions for Every Golfer in 2014

1. Play more golf.

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s easy to let things get in the way of your golf game. Promise yourself to play a certain number of times per week or month, regardless of whether you’ve got playing partners joining you. That way, you golf when it works for YOU. No more waiting on the stars to align before you schedule a tee time. Plus, joining a random group or going it alone can teach you a lot more about yourself on the course than when you’re with your buddies. 

2. Practice, practice, practice.

You can get out and play countless times, but some of the skills you need won’t get better by simply showing up. Set aside time for your development, whether it be at the club, driving range, or a private lesson. This is especially key during the offseason. The cold months are the time to make yourself a better player. There is a range of options from indoor instruction to rehearsing in the mirror or putting in the living room. Put in the legwork now and reap the benefits come spring. 

3. Don’t neglect your short game.

Practice doesn’t stop at the range. It may seem more fun and exciting to rip drivers on the practice tee, but on average 50% of your shots are taken from within 100 yards and 40% of those are with a putter. It’ll be a heck of a lot more exciting when you birdie a hole in play thanks to your short game expertise. A good putter is a match for anyone; a bad putter is a match for no one.

4. Give yourself a break.

When you’re passionate about something, it’s easy to get wrapped up in your performance. We all know this to be especially true with golf. We also know that much of your score is dictated by mental toughness. A quiet mind is a powerful mind. And when things aren’t going your way, remind yourself how lucky you are to be under the sun with the birds chirping in your ear and a club in your hands.