Well, 2024 golf season is now upon us and the passing of the old to the new year is traditionally a time of reflection. We look back on last year and start to think ahead to the future and what might be and how we can improve our game for 2024.
What was last season like for you? Good, bad or indifferent? Did you meet your hopes and aspirations for your golf? Or, was it much like the year before?
It often seems we are somewhat pre-programmed to just keep repeating what has gone before. Your golf handicap stays more or less where it is, nothing changes with your game, old mistakes still occur, your scores don't improve and the story seems to keep repeating itself every year.
In the sports arena, one definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things time after time and to expect different results!
It is at this point that you should ask yourself some important questions;
What are my expectations?
What game of golf do I want to play?
What do I need to change to make that happen?
The good news is that everybody has the power and ability to change.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”.
Barack Obama, 44th US President
The most important thing is knowing what to change and how to make it happen. In the golfing world today, there is a huge emphasis on technique, equipment and distance which is perpetuated by the media and this leads golfers to thinking that these are the only elements in golf that really matter. Playing the game of golf is far more involved than having a reasonable technique, good equipment or how far you hit the ball.
“When playing the game of golf, you have no option but to deal with yourself. Do you have the skills to do it?”
What difference would the following make to your game and your ability to score well?
· 5-10 yards on your Drive
· Hitting your short shots (inside 100 yards) closer to the flag
· Escaping from the bunker with the 1st shot/closer to hole
· Not three putting
· Holing more putts inside 10 feet
· Being fitter and stronger
· A mindset of possibilities rather than obstacles
GOLF SCORING FORMULA
AMATEUR SCORES 100
As you see from the table above, putting and the short game account for 61% of the game no matter what your level of play and improvement in this area is the quickest way to lower your scores. These changes, allied to better management of your thoughts and emotions creates a powerful combination to enable you to reach the performance levels that you crave.
“What do you need to change with your game?” Is it;
· Technical – more effective/functional
· Skill level – improving your levels/variety of shots
· Physical – fitness/exercises
· Performance related – managing your thoughts and emotions
The above questions and their answers are and should be personal to you. I recommend before you turn to the Internet for a general solution that may not apply to you, that you examine what is involved in playing the game of golf and see how these elements apply to you personally. What is required is for you to make an honest appraisal of your game and decide for yourself what it is you want from your golf for next year, what changes are necessary and how you are going to develop and achieve them. Once your path to improvement has been established it will take time and patience for these elements to be integrated into your game and for improved results to show themselves.
There are no quick fixes! Just because you know something (theory) it does not mean it is learnt (skills)! These new skills take time to develop.
With this in mind, I am pleased to announce a number of Special Player Development Programmes for 2024. These programmes deal with important elements of the game and offer the opportunity to achieve long term improvement and the development of new skills that will enhance and improve your game in whatever area you feel is necessary. The programme details, conditions and content are listed below. Should you wish to participate in any of the programmes then please do not hesitate to contact me via the details also given below.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Master Teaching Professional
“Together we can change the way you think, how you feel and how you play the game.”
SPECIAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES 2024
· Pre-Swing Essentials
· In-Swing Essentials
· Effective use of drills
· Effective and productive practice
· On course coaching
· Distance wedges
· Sand play
· Speciality shots
PUTTING & GREEN READING
· Essential Putting Biomechanics and Technique
· Essential factors of slope, speed and distance
· Visual skills to aid alignment, speed and distance control
· Practice exercises and use of teaching aids
· Use of AimPoint Express Green Reading System
· Performance process - The 3 phases of Golf
· Managing thoughts and emotions
· Managing beliefs, confidence and trust
· Managing self-talk
· On course performance techniques
6 X 1 HOUR LESSONS PER PROGRAMME
AVAILABLE FROM 1/1/24 UNTIL 31/12/24
DISCOUNTED PRICE OF £360
CONTACT PAUL FOR FURTHER DETAILS AT: