Fall is here, or should be here at least. We have unseasonably warm weather. My goals were set for the end of October, so while I may squeak in a couple more rounds, I will review the conclusion to the season.
My original goal this season was to decrease my handicap to 14. I planned to spend 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week practicing. I started around a 16 handicap, and I believed I could shave 2 strokes off my handicap. As my mid-season report indicated, I failed to realize my handicap was artificially low due to older scores. My most recent scores averaged between 18 and 20 index. I revised my goal mid-season to get back to 15.8 where I started. While I didn’t drop it to 15.8, I decreased my handicap from 17 to 16.2 since July! I am on the right track! I may not be at 15.8, but a declining handicap is what matters.
I set the number goal at the beginning of the year, but research indicates focusing on the number does not lead to success. Numbers are the measurement, but focusing on the process makes the most difference. My most important goal was practicing 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I hate to say it, but I didn’t meet that goal as often as I hoped.
30 minutes a day is harder than I anticipated. I know that sounds silly, but all my activities combined with exhaustion make adding more work in difficult. However, I did meet the goal about half the time. I did much better in the summer and right after my mid-season report. I struggled more during the fall due to my teaching load. However, I never went a week without practicing. I completed a simulated practice or real round nearly every week. I reached 4 days a week the vast majority of the time. Rarely did I practice less than 3 days a week. I know I didn’t reach the goal every week, but I practiced significantly more than before. My stats show continuous effort with the decreasing handicap.
My stats illustrate my improvement and areas to continue to work on. Below are the stats from April:
|May 2015-April 2016||42%||17%||10%||1.9|
The work paid off this summer in most areas. Here are my stats since I started my plan:
Fairways and scrambling dramatically increased. Playing from the short grass must inevitably lead to more GIRs. While I missed more greens (down to 2 per round), I scrambled for par on 2.5 more holes per round. Scrambling alone decreased my handicap to the 16.2. My glaring weakness is still GIR, so I will continue to work on approach shots to score better.
My winter improvement and workout plan will begin shortly. As I think through the plan, I hope to set it up to include activities my family can get involved with to increase my chances of completing the daily tasks. Come back in the next couple weeks to check out the winter plan. Enjoy your last rounds of the year.