Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Your Golf List of New Year’s Resolutions

Perhaps it is safe to say to everyone that New Year is about getting a new start in life. It’s about making changes happen and to make room for improvements in whatever you do as a person. This is where the cringe-worthy tradition of making a list of resolutions enters.

As for all you golfers out there, apparently, this list applies for you as well… Pros, amateurs and enthusiasts alike! Whether on and off the course; your awkward swing or the way you dress yourself as a golfer, there’s always a room left for improvement.

Being the golf aficionados that we always are, we made our own golf resolutions that may come in handy in the near future for most golfers. Although this resolution tackles more improvement outside the fairway rather than focusing on your swing, this few pointers will benefit you not only as a player, but also as a full-fledged golf lover.

1. Stop taking your own golf gears for granted – A good golf set is not cheap, and a cheap golf set is never good! That’s why this year, try to give extra effort in taking care of your clubs. That means your drivers, wedges, putters, practically the entire golf set. Keep it in its mint condition at all times by making sure to clean once every after a few rounds. Also, assign a dedicated closet for your golf stuff for proper storage. It would also be nice to get a set of club headcovers to your set for added protection.

2. Make sure to keep your golf cart in good running condition – Most golfers nowadays couldn’t stand the exhausting terrains of a course. Thank god for golf carts, no need for you to endure the long walks. But then, just like us, humans, golf carts get tired also. And with flagrant disregard for maintenance, don’t get surprised if you encounter some cart trouble in the midst of your game.

Time to bring the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality. Make sure your cart is always in good condition. Keep it clean and tuned. Giving it a shade in the form of a sturdy and reliable golf cart cover is a plus, of course!

3. Treat your caddy as more of a partner rather than just the person bringing your set – Caddies are more than just golf club carriers. They know about golf courses more (and by heart) than we do. Treat them as your partner… As your teammate! However, this doesn’t say that entrust the entire game into your caddy’s hands, but rather more of considering his/her insights, advices and judgments when it comes to “reading” obstacles within the green.

4. Stay fit – Golf itself is already considered as an exercise. However, how will you supposed to improve your stroke and putting this year if you’re not in top shape? So better yet hit the gym and pull a muscle. It also wouldn’t hurt to go for a half hour-or-so of cardio to pump up your stamina and endurance. And since you’re already doing some gym work, might as well go straight to the driving range to work on your swing. This may get you feel a bit sore within the first few weeks, but it will be all worth it. After all, a wise man once said that “without struggle, there is no progress.”

5. Enjoy and savor the game – Lastly, learn to love the game even more. Without dedication, all your efforts will only go to waste, so give your 100% to every game. However, don’t take the game too seriously. We all know how discipline plays a big role in golf, but a part of you should make it a point to remind yourself that it’s only a game, and games are supposed to be fun!

How about you, have you done your list of golf resolutions yet? If yes, then feel free to share some by leaving a comment below!

Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you a sweet hole-in-one this 2015, and more to come!


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