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Setting Golf Goals for 2017

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Now that the calendar has officially flipped over to a new year, I find myself thinking about the golf that I am going to play in the year ahead. Not only do I want to play more golf in 2017, I also want to play better than ever before. That is, of course, easier said than done. Golf is a hard game, and making even small improvements is a significant challenge. If you are serious about improving your own game, one of the first steps you should take is to set some goals.

Goal setting has always helped me move my own game forward, and I’ll bet it can do the same for you.
Before you sit down to write out your goals for the 2017 golf season, think about the points below. Of course, if you would like to chat about the goals you have for your game in the coming year, stop by Cape and Islands Golf Shop in Hyannis, Mass. We love to talk golf, and we’d love to have you stop by!

Be Conservative

Each new year brings with it plenty of optimism, so you might be tempted to set lofty goals for yourself in 2017. For example, if you a currently a 10-handicap golfer, you might want to shoot for a handicap of 5 by this time next year. That would be great, but it might be a little too aggressive. Instead, think about setting your target for a 7 or 8 handicap, which will still be a two or three stroke reduction within the space of a year. Respect the difficulty of the game and set goals that are optimistic yet attainable.

Don’t Focus Only on Score

It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing only on score when you make your goals. However, the score that you shoot is really just a reflection of the shots you hit, so try setting some goals that are centered around your shots rather than your scores. For instance, if you are a player who usually plays a draw from the tee, work on adding the ability to hit a fade from time to time. Adding new shots to your game will make you more versatile, meaning you should be able to shoot lower scores on a regular basis.

Chart a Path

It isn’t good enough to just write down a few goals on a piece of paper before tossing that paper into the bottom of your golf bag. Instead, you need to see the goal setting as just the first step of the process. Set your goals, then use those goals as motivation to create a practice plan which can be implemented over the next 12 months.