I have in the past articles discussed establishing and setting specific long term goals. A second important type of golf goal is a short term goal. Long-term goals give you an ultimate destination. Short-term goals assure that you’ll have frequent mileposts to keep you focused and motivated on the journey towards your destination. A general golf goal of “Break 90 by this fall” might include short term goals of: Play 9 consecutive holes without 3-putting by May 1st, Get up and down around the green 50% of the time by June 1st, and Hit all greens in one over regulation by July 15.
Setting the correct goal is extremely important whether you are early in your development or going to Q School. How will you know what specific short term golf goal will get you to your ultimate destination? Knowing where to focus your time and energy is a result of working with an experienced golf instructor. Many qualified golf instructors utilize a battery of assessments, based on Tour Standard skills, which will measure your current skill level for putting, chipping, pitching, irons, woods, and shot shaping. Knowing where your strengths and weaknesses are will help you and your golf instructor establish specific short term goals and set the activities that will be the steps toward each milepost along the path to your destination.
Your steps for “Playing 9 consecutive holes without 3-putting by May 1st” might include: I will practice putting for 30 minutes three times a week utilizing the “Circle Drill”, I will play 9 holes of golf once a week while keeping track of my putting statistics and I will meet with my golf pro for incremental putting assessments and new drills every other week until my goal is accomplished. Short term goals and step activities, which are short term goals in themselves, evolve as you progress, changing as one is accomplished and then replaced by the next until you reach your destination.
Sometimes a student is losing strokes in areas other than physical skills. Other areas to look at in reaching your goals are mental and emotional goals. Many golf professionals use golf specific mental and emotional tests to determine if a student is being hindered by negative thinking. If you find yourself losing strokes to negative thinking, or losing focus during a round. These mental skills can be addressed and improved during your practice time on the range and the golf course.