Friday, December 29, 2006
A Golfer's New Year's Resolutions
I’m not real big on New Year’s resolutions. Everybody makes them and then forty-eight hours later they’re down the proverbial tube. Then it’s “wait ‘til next year” and we’ve got 363 days of freedom. So why bother?
However, I think it’s different for golf, at least it should be. I think it’s important that each of us make one, or perhaps more, golf-related New Year’s resolution. Realizing this can be a daunting task, the Eye On Golf staff has compiled a short list to get you started. This list, as they say, is not all inclusive. It is provided
for your motivation and guidance.
I resolve to...
DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY TO IMPROVE MY GOLF GAME.
Yes, it’s a very broad resolution but very purposeful. Not everyone can get to the golf course or practice facility every day, but that doesn’t mean you cannot do something everyday to improve. Even if the weather is frightful or your time is limited, you can stretch the muscles and then swing a weighted golf club for 15-20 minutes. You’ll be amazed with the results.
WALK NINE HOLES AT LEAST TWICE PER MONTH.
Yes, you read that correctly. The game can be played on foot. If your favorite golf course does not allow you to walk, go somewhere else. Not only is it great exercise to walk around the course, it will assuredly improve your game. And you can start getting in shape for that now!
READ ONE GOLF-RELATED BOOK PER MONTH.
No other sport lends itself to the production of literature like golf. A few hundred “golf” books are published every year, so you’ll be a long time catching up on your reading. Every category imaginable is available: instruction, biography, course architecture, reference, anthology, etc. You name it, it’s within your reach. Spend a little less time reading magazines and a little more time reading books. You'll be a better golfer and a better person for it.
TAKE A TUNE-UP LESSON BEFORE THE SEASON BEGINS.
If you’re in a location where you have forced hibernation and no golf for a few months, it’s a good idea to get a quick half-hour checkup before you head to the first tee for the first time in the new season. You’ll have a lot more fun and save a lot of aspirin.
There’s just four suggestions. And there’s many more. Go for it.