Get­ting mo­ti­vated in 2018

Manila Times - - GOLF -

START­ING the year right is a won­der­ful in­ten­tion. A fresh start is re­ally good, as it gives you hope and per­mits you the strength to keep mov­ing for­ward. To move for­ward is what we re­ally want to do. Time moves for­ward. Time never stops.

One good per­spec­tive to start the year right is to im­prove on, in your golf game. It can be some­thing more gen­eral in na­ture. Please con­tinue to read on as I at­tempt to give you a guide to get you mo­ti­vated or bet­ter yet, in­spired!

Set­ting your goals

I be­lieve that goal set­ting is the best way to keep you on track. Com­mit­ting to a cer­tain goal or a num­ber of goals will keep you more fo­cused. Of course, this be­comes more ef­fec­tive with the will­ing and kind as­sis­tance of your golf coach or in­struc­tor.

You can work on your goals alone, if and when you take a lot of courage to com­mit. At the back of our heads we do not want to com­mit, be­cause rel­a­tively, we do not want to fail. Ac­tu­ally, to fail is also good be­cause it teaches you so many other lessons, not only in golf but also in life.

Short-term goals

You may want to start with a short-term goal. This can be im­prov­ing your putting stroke, your chip shot, your pitch shot, or your pre-shot rou­tine. It is bet­ter to set a time frame for each given short- term goal that you de­sire to achieve. Be­fore mov­ing on to an­other short-term goal, be cer­tain to achieve your set goal.

Medium-term goals

set­ting the proper mind­set can be an en­joy­able process in achiev­ing your goals. These goals may take more time, as it re­quires more ac­cu­racy, in terms of dis­tance and di­rec­tion. You may also work on the men­tal side, like main­tain­ing your fo­cus or emo­tions.

When you de­cide to work on mak­ing your driver shots far­ther and straighter, it can cer­tainly take time. You may need to work on speed, tim­ing and tempo, swing me­chan­ics, and the ap­pro­pri­ate mus­cles to use.

Sim­i­lar medium-term goals can be a job to work on your wedge shots, long iron shots, fair­way woods shots, or even work­ing on your greens in reg­u­la­tions. So just the same, set a time frame for each area that you strive to work on.

Long-term goals

As far as I am con­cerned, the long-term goals can be the ul­ti­mate test of any avid golfer. The re­sults of these goals are at­trib­uted to all the hard work that you have done. Mind you, it takes about three years to con­sis­tently score a plus hand­i­cap in golf. At the least, an even par score is of the game is the largest fac­tor for these achieve­ments.

When you have achieved your long-term goals, it is a sign knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing can al­most be at its peak. It does there is so much to learn about the game and your­self.

Set­ting your pro­gram

Your pro­gram makes up the short, medium and long-term goals. You are obliged to work on these goals for sev­eral years, own pro­gram can be a very te­dious task. So, I strongly ad­vise that you work with your golf coach or in­struc­tor.

Your train­ing pro­gram must in­clude the swing me­chan­ics, sched­ule of prac­tices/ tour­na­ments, phys­i­cal strength­en­ing/con­di­tion­ing, and the en­hance­ment of the men­tal side. It is an ad­van­tage to know and un­der­stand the game holis­ti­cally.

Tak­ing ac­tion

Tak­ing ac­tion is the most fun part. This is the time you ex­e­cute ev­ery­thing you know. Trust­ing your­self dur­ing these pro­cesses is most vi­tal. It is also mind­ful to en­joy!

This ba­si­cally in­cludes the way you think, feel and a whole lot of other psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors not to be taken each shot one at time, with a deep sense of com­mit­ment, dili­gence and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.


Never have the mind­set to rush. Ev­ery time you move, take it one step at a time. Never hop! When you make two steps at a time in golf, you will be in deep trou­ble. You might get frus­trated and even­tu­ally quit. We don’t want that, be­cause, all I want is for you to have fun and re­ally feel good. Al­ways en­joy the process.

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