Do You Have Goals for Your Game?

What are the goals for your golf game? Sounds like a simple question, but a huge percentage of golfers have no general goal in mind for their golf game, and no specific goals for each individual round or practice session. So what should your goals be?

Every player should have multiple goals for themselves, and these goals should be of varying scale and achievability. For example, let’s say you’re the “average golfer” who shoots around 100 for 18 holes, and has a handicap of 23. (The average USGA handicap is lower than this, but it doesn’t consider those who do not have official handicaps, and these players unquestionably are beginners / higher handicap players.) For this player, I would like to see several goals—both general and specific and include some “big picture” thinking. For example:

General Goals (those that aren’t necessarily measurable)
• Practice short game at least one hour per week
• Spend at least 15 minutes preparing for round before tee time
• Eliminate mental mistakes (examples of these are attempting shots that you don’t practice, attempting a high-risk / low-reward shot, being overly aggressive, indecision, tentativeness, etc.) Personally I have this goal in mind for every round. It is a key to success to realize that physical mistakes (aka bad shots) will happen, but that mental mistakes are 100% preventable.

Specific Goals (measurable & results oriented)
• Lower handicap 5 strokes in one year
• Get out of bunkers in one shot
• No more than one three-putt per round
• Break XX score on my home course
• Play 18 holes with no lost balls / penalty shots
• Will not leave practice session until I make XX number of putts in a row, or hit XX number of shots on green or in fairway

Big Picture Goals (long term goals that can be accomplished only when other goals are accomplished first)
• Single digit handicap
• Break 80
• Average 12+ GIR per round
• Average less than 30 putts per round

It’s very important to write your goals down and share them with your friends / family / playing partners, so they can help motivate you and keep you from forgetting! But it’s critical to have something to practice toward.
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Brant Kasbohm, PGA
Director of Instruction