A Fast Nine: 2016 Resolutions for Golf Results

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With an exciting new golf year comes the chance for a new golf approach, especially for your golf game and results.

Now that 2016 is here, it’s time to make some advances, changes to improve your golf game or make your experience as enjoyable as possible. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the 2016 New Year with nine quick resolutions. Hope everyone has an ‘ACE’ of a New Year!

  1. Hit the golf ball longer. Who doesn’t want this for the New Year or any year? This feature can be done with golf lessons, fitness, better golf equipment, improve contact or even using golf training aids, such as the Orange Whip Golf or the Golf Chute. Wouldn’t you like to increase your distance by 20 more yards? This is a fantastic goal for 2016.
  2. Spend more time in the fairway. The game is definitely more enjoyable and easier when keeping the golf ball in the fairway. Your confidence is more relaxed knowing you have a chance to play the hole the way it was intended. Improving direction and contact will be key components for staying on the short grass and out of trouble.
  3. More patience. Joyce Meyer’s quote is outstanding even for golf, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you’re waiting.” Taking action of your patience to accept tolerable trouble without getting upset or angry will outlast your opponent for the victory.
  4. Win a tournament. Some of us will be ambitious enough to try to win a golf tournament in 2016. Whether it’s a win of a team scramble, club championship, reunion, high school, college, state title or a PGA Tour event, just remember that the lowest score always wins, so work on your putting and short game more for 2016. Try the new PuttPure putting training aid to help in this task. It is an advantage.
  5. Play more golf with family and friends. This is what golf is really all about, spending quality time, exercising and getting outdoors by creating memories with the people that mean the most to us. Everyone can play this amazing game. Ask them to play golf with you.
  6. Play more golf. Make a great resolution by adding a minimum of one more round each month than last year. Whether it is nine or 18 holes, just add it to your schedule; you will be glad you did!
  7. Lower scores. No matter your ability, a lower score is rewarding. To accomplish this, take a close look at your data. Where do you need to improve for quicker results? Is it with putting, direction, distance, deleting penalty shots, consistent contact or all of the above? By eliminating your errors, you can produce lower scores and satisfaction to your game.
  8. Practice more. This doesn’t mean hit a bucket of golf balls; it means practice golf. Practice your mental game, work on your routines, short game, long game, practice with a purpose and make your valuable time worth it whether on the range, short game area or on the course. You will see Golf Results Now.
  9. Golf fitness for overall improvement. This is another fantastic part to improving yourself and your game. Increase flexibility, strength, and balance this winter for a fabulous 2016 golf season.

Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen is the 2014 PGA National Teacher of the Year. She can be reached at kgjgolf@gmail.com.

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