New Year Golfing Resolutions – A Review of 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014

Last year I penned an article on Gorilla Golf about my three main New Year resolutions in 2013 in terms of my golf.

 

To summarise them briefly, they were:

  1. To get fitter to play golf more easily
  2. Attend refresher lessons with a local pro, and
  3. Structure my practice at the range still further

So how did I do? And what are my new year’s resolutions for 2014? Read on to find out!

 

I’d say I had mixed results with my resolutions this past year. As for getting fitter, I felt 2013 was a good year initially, a lot of hard work over the first 6 months paid off and I was able to play a lot more golf.

The down side was that as I played more golf (sometimes 2 or even 3 times a week) I had less time to get down to the gym or swimming pool! So my fitness levels have taken a bit of a nosedive towards the end of 2013, however I’m aiming to bounce back. So for resolution one, I’d give myself half marks!

 

As for attending golf lessons, in February I was fortunate enough to receive a birthday present of just such a thing and although I had to wait until May to use them given the miserable weather in the UK in the early part of 2013, I found these lessons really useful.

 

I made huge progress with my driver (below), a club that I had never been able to hit successfully until I made a few small tweaks and suddenly managed to gain an extra 20-30 yards on my shots as well as a far better degree of accuracy.

 

 

That alone was proof that the lessons were having a positive effect and as such, I reckon I achieved that aim this year, although there are still more aspects of my game to work on this year too.

 

Finally, if I didn’t really fulfil a resolution in 2013 it was the last one, chiefly because I played so much golf out on the course from May onwards that I hardly visited a range from May through to December!

So while I didn’t quite fulfil my resolutions of 2013 as I’d originally planned, I certainly got a lot more golf out of the year than in any year in the past 5 or 10 years without doubt.

 

I also felt I made real progress in certain aspects of my game (driving the ball in particular) and the work I did in early 2013 on my fitness allowed me to play more often, which was a real benefit.

So, with that in mind, what are my resolutions for 2014?

 

 

1. To help my son (aged 10) learn to play and enjoy the game

My first resolution (which I have talked about in more detail in another blog post) is to help my son learn to play the game and enjoy it. He’s 10 now and wants to join his dad and his friends playing on the course, rather than simply being my caddy.

I can understand his desire to play – the 20p per birdie and 10p per par rate I offer him isn’t as much fun as playing! Plus as he’s getting taller, stronger now and is able to hit the ball further, I think with a little bit of work he’ll be able to join us out on the course when the weather improves.

 

So my main aim is to help him develop his game enough to join us and perhaps set him up with some lessons from a pro to help him learn the fundamentals of the game correctly and not all my bad habits!

 

Practice golf bunker-shots

 

2. To work on my short game and bunker play

My biggest achievement in 2013 was undoubtedly learning how to hit my driver properly. I suddenly went from hitting 250-270 yards from the tee, to closer to 300 far more consistently and even my brother, who consistently hit the ball further than I did by a considerable margin, noticed that I was now keeping pace with his drives or even out-driving him on occasion.

 

So my goal for my game in 2014 is to focus on wedge play really as I feel I am not consistent enough from 100 yards in.

It didn’t start too well last night when I took 20 balls at the range and my pitching wedge and began hitting a few balls at the flag. They were going very nicely too until the head of my club fell off, so that means a trip to the pro shop to get it fixed!

 

In the meantime, I’ll work on my sand play too as my bunker play this year was average to say the least. In particular I want to work on control of the ball and distance judgement, rather than simply being glad I got the ball out of the hazard.

 

Breaking-80-Scorecard-20.09

 

3. To shoot below 80 by the end of 2014.

By improving my short game, working hard to improve my driving and by stringing two good 9 hole rounds together, my main aim by the end of 2014 is to shoot under 80. I set this is a target in 2012, but failed (best I shot was an 86) and the best I shot this past year was an 85.

 

Yet frustratingly, it could (and perhaps should) have been below 80. On several rounds, I either started the front nine, or finished the back nine shooting a score like 48 or 50, to pair it up with a corresponding front or back nine of 36 or 38.

At one point last summer, I had played the first seven holes on a local course in two-under par . I birdied three of the first seven holes (bogeyed  one) before I realised how well I was doing and then fell apart, eventually shooting 88, which from the position I was in, was pretty poor.

 

More frustratingly, on that same course, I have shot 37 over the opening nine holes and 36 coming home, only on different rounds in 2013.

So my aim is to break 80 by this time next year.

 

What are your resolutions for 2014? And once again, I’ll check back a year from now to see how things went!

 

 

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