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How to Get Better During the Winter!
By Snyper on 1/10/11
Matt is an opinionated* golf enthusiast from Pennsylvania. He coaches at the high school level, molding the minds and swings of our next generation. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions of Matt in the comments. Don't hold back- because Matt won't.

With the golf season winding down (or over) for many of us who live north of the Mason Dixon, it is a time of reflection on the season that was. If you want 2011 to be better than the 2010 season, this 3-part series will tell you how to take advantage of the winter months and prepare for spring.

(Part 1)

Golf is no different than any other sport. If you want to succeed, you need to have a plan. It is extremely important to take time and evaluate your game in all aspects. If you want to improve, pull out a pen and paper and start formulating a plan for how you are going to be a better golfer next season. I recommend that you start your plan with a self-evaluation.

Every player, no matter your handicap, has pretty clear strengths and weaknesses. So, grab that pen and start things off by listing your strengths and your weaknesses. High handicappers will likely be more general with the things on their lists than will the more accomplished players. For example, a strength for a 25 handicap may be that he or she makes good shots from inside of 100 yards. A scratch golfer, perhaps, may list a similar strength to be their ability to get up and down from within 100 yards. The point here is that you are listing your strengths and weaknesses from your perspective.
Be realistic about the area of your game that you want to improve.

Once this list is complete, it is up to you to decide what you want to improve upon in the coming year. Obviously, we would like to get better at everything. And while I hate to burst your bubble, the reality is, that ain’t happening. So, be realistic about the area of your game that you want to improve. High-handicap players should try to stay away from evaluating how many strokes each weakness costs them during their rounds. Instead, focus on the weakness that is going to make the round much more enjoyable for you if you can improve it. In other words, if you break an average of four putters every year because you get angry about three putting every green, then focus on improving your number of putts per round (and perhaps some anger management). Maybe your frustrations are a result of the number of tee shots that you hit into the trees or out of bounds each round. You, then, should focus then on hitting more fairways. Naturally, improving any weakness is going to lower your scores, so worry more about fixing things that are going to allow you to enjoy yourself more while you are playing. This will help you stay motivated to practice and play as you work towards improving. For the lower handicaps, you should be doing just the opposite. Most likely, you are already playing and practicing quite regularly and shooting lower scores is motivation enough for you to put in the time that is necessary to improve. So, you should be searching your weaknesses for the areas of your game that are costing you the most strokes. For example, in my game, my scores on par 5’s are unacceptable. After evaluating this situation, I noticed that my second shots on those holes are a big weakness. While I’m probably only talking about four shots throughout an entire round, those four shots can cost me as many as five or six strokes. So, this is a weakness that I plan to focus on strengthening next season. For single digit and lower handicaps, your weaknesses are naturally going to be smaller and more specific. However, that makes them no less important to your game.
Regardless of your handicap, I would suggest picking no more than two of your weaknesses to target for the upcoming season.

Regardless of your handicap, I would suggest picking no more than two of your weaknesses to target for the upcoming season. Improving anything in your game takes time and a great deal of effort, so one or two areas of improvement are quite sufficient for a season. You do not want your goals to become an obstruction or a deterrent. A necessary level of success along the way is vital to maintaining your desire to see your plan through to the finish. Spreading out your focus to four or five goals is going to prevent you from improving any of them to the level that you desire.

So, to summarize part one, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your game. You can be as specific or general as you wish. It is your game and your evaluation, so criticize as you please. Once you’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice, select one or two of your weaknesses that you would like to improve. Be excited about your choices and about the potential of considering these areas to be strength instead of a weakness. Keep those positive thoughts throughout the cold and the snow. When spring finally does arrive, you’ll already be off to a good start!


* Matt's views and opinions are his own do not necessarily reflect those of oobgolf.


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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
Man, the golf swings depicted in most of these stock photo images are really terrible. Kind of defeats the whole purpose. They certainly don't belong on a serious golf website.
1/10/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
I'm a rank amateur. I want to get better but the last thing I need is need a pen and paper to figure out where I need to improve. I need to make better contact that's all there is to it.
1/10/11
 
falcon50driver says:
When did this become a serious golf website, did I miss the memo?
1/10/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@m2d- I was thinking the same thing! I just thought it'd be nice to look at a female instead of a male!
1/10/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
Hey, they didn't say anything about all serious on me when I signed up!! I heading over to the Complaint Department ...err calling, umm emailing.. aw the heck with it I'm just gonna sit here and yell at myself...
1/10/11
 
Kickntrue says:
In fairness- I should have used this pic- i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr46/heartofalion_24
1/10/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
^^ HEYYOOOO!!!!!
I retract any and all complaints here-in forward!!
1/10/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
Or should I say - "Things JUST got serious...."
lol...
1/10/11
 
falcon50driver says:
Where ARE these golfers when I'm looking for a partner?
1/10/11
 
Banker85 says:
@kickntrue: next time just go for the smoking hot chick. aye carumba! mamacita!
1/10/11
 
lcgolfer64 says:
@Banker
No vote needed there! I 2nd that
1/10/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
the beef sounds crabby today
1/10/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@kurt the knife- i don't know about crabby, but it's not rare to see @beef use this medium as an oober to add some sizzle to a conversation that at this point is well done.
1/10/11
 
Kickntrue says:
/apologizes for that...
1/10/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
the beef is crabby most days
1/10/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
and the crabs get beefy... the world's gone crazy.
1/10/11
 
Beekeeper45 says:
Cold weather and not being on the course would make anyone crabby
1/10/11
 
cpercy says:
Yah the 7" of snow we just got sure has put a damper on my weekend plans.
1/11/11
 
Banker85 says:
i hate the snow! went to indoor range and for not having hit a ball since Nov. i was hitting them so pure. from Driver to Lob wedge. I dont know how i use to come over the top pull it left and get the banana ball coming back right. Now my swing is so simple, easy take away straight back maybe a little outside, left arm str8, keep right elbow close to body at 90* angle top of swing with out going past parallel and one move dropping my hands in the slot and start rotating lower body, core and then release and BAM! i cant wait until the snow melts. my putting sucked though.
1/11/11
 
Agustin says:
My plan is simple... Keep playing! LOL. Unfortunately it does not seem to be working from me lately. Don't hate me if my winters are in the low 80's without a cloud in the sky during the day.
1/11/11
 
homermania says:
@beef - Anyone using Jim Anchower as their icon need not be taken seriously.
@kick - I agree with everyone, just go for the sexy picture. That's why I love the Oob.
1/12/11
 
OffCoursegolfer says:
Just get a bunch of almostgolf balls, find a nice parking lot and create your own parking lot driving range... it's that simple. Hit 30 minutes a day near by your house and you will be aces by spring. The secret is repetition and grooving your swing and the only way to do that is to hit balls...near home, so it's convenient.
1/12/11
 
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