I love to eat, and I definitely love to eat a variety of foods. Quality buffets (yes, there are a few) are among my favorites because I can pile my plate high. I put everything on my plate with huge expectations, and then, I fail to eat everything. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Our practice expectations succumb to similar problems. After buffet style planning, executing and evaluating our execution are the next steps to success.
Executing the Plan
Top sports psychologist continually profess the need to focus on the process and execute a clear plan. We all hit great shots that take bad bounces or have putts hop on bumpy muni greens. Focusing on what we can control is important, so we must focus on the process.
The key to execution is following the plan. My plan is to spend 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week practicing. The plan is fool proof. 30 minutes is easy to find in a day, right? I spent 3 weeks so far trying to follow the plan.
You should write down or make mental notes of the progress for evaluation, so I noted a few patterns. I don’t get my 30 minutes on days with kids’ sporting events. 30 minutes seems easy, but working and the sport make getting through anything else difficult. However, I can spend time at the course with my son for longer than an hour and work on chipping and putting. Doing both doesn’t follow spaced repetition as well, but I practice the same amount of time on the short game.
Assessing My Execution
Execution is easier said than done. We must now assess whether our eyes were bigger than the time to practice throughout the week. 30 minutes a day sounds easy, but work, kids’ games, and life can take up every extra minute.
When assessing execution, analyze:
- Did I complete the tasks in the plan
- Were the tasks effective
- Do I need to adjust the plan or tasks
Completing the Tasks
I succeeded week 1!! The first week is also when motivation and intention peaks. Unfortunately, I didn’t succeed in week 2 or 3. I made it to 4 days of 30 minutes in Week 2, and Week 3 fell to 3 days. 3 days is more than before my plan, but I need to determine whether to change my plan. Psychologists say continually failing will decrease motivation, so if I set myself up for failure, I won’t continue the journey for the long term.
Week 2 included 4 days of at least 30 minutes, and I only missed my chipping day. Week 3 missed a short game day (either chipping or putting since I did both one night) and the round. Looking back, I want to say Week 2 and 3 were abnormally busy, but those weeks were probably similar to my normal week.
Completing the plan is great, but the tasks must improve my golf swing. I do believe the interleaving tasks helped me. At the range and my house, I continually change clubs. Switching forces me to focus on the new setup, swing, etc. I perform each swing more deliberately. Putting practice is harder at home, but I worked on starting the putt on line. In a future post, I will discuss the different indoor putting work I do without true roll, but starting the putt online is helping. As I said a couple weeks ago, the optishot helps with simulation. I like switching clubs and creating the pressure of a round. I normally play online with someone, so I have the added pressure of winning. The tasks are working.
3 Weeks is a short period to make adjustments, so I will continue to note whether I can execute. I will continue to update my progress. To stay the most up to date, sign up below to get the newest information as I post it.
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