By Ian Hardie
Having been involved with the game of golf, in one way or another for over 30 years I’ve noticed that golfers around the world, nearly all have something in common.
At some point in time, they realise that they have a secret desire (you’ll understand why it’s a secret soon) to, for whatever reason have “their best year of golf ever”.
If you are currently or have ever been a regular golfer then I’m sure that at some point in your life, you will have thought about the idea of “having your best year of golf ever”.
Unless of course, you happen to live somewhere that has the amount of golf that you can play dictated by the weather for a fair part of the year.
In which case you will have thought about “having your best season of golf ever”.
Either way, for some golfers the definition of “my best year of golf ever” would be finally attaining that elusive handicap index that up until now has seemed to be ‘just out of reach’ or maybe it’s regaining a handicap index that you may have had a long time ago but have since lost – due to advancing age, a ‘bad patch’ of golf, an injury of some sort or a complete break away from the game for work or family reasons.
For other golfers the definition of “my best year of golf ever” would be finally breaking through whichever one of those scoring milestones that you have yet to achieve in golf.
Such as breaking 60, 70, 80, 90 or possibly even 100 for the first time.
Take a moment here to consider which of the definitions above applies to your golf.
Does the idea that you have come up with seem like something that is possibly attainable and that maybe, just maybe – you could have “your best year of golf ever” – if you were able to do something about it and more importantly find out how get there?
The reality is that virtually all of the 40 million or so golfers around the world are at different stages and skill levels at the game.
So, it doesn’t matter which one of those definitions above applies to your golf.
The steps that need to be taken to allow you to have “your best year of golf ever” are exactly the same regardless of whether your definition of that is breaking 70 for the first time, breaking 100 for the first time or finally attaining a single figure handicap index.
You might want to take a second to read that again and let it sink in.
As the idea that the steps needed to improve – being the same regardless of the level you desire to get to – is a bit different from what most golfers would think should happen but if you have been reading Golf Habits for a while and applying my ideas.
You will already know that the things that I write about – are simple and easy to follow ideas that I have developed through trial and error over a 30 year period of being involved in the game of golf – the bulk of which has been spent teaching the game to thousands of people.
All of which can be applied to improve your golf game with better scores being the end result.
So, if the idea of “having your best year of golf ever” is something that interests you – I’d suggest that thinking time is over and you can now set about putting that idea into action.
As I have recently published the book 7 Days to Your Best Year of Golf Ever.
Actually, before I get to that I’d like to make you aware of something right now that I alluded to earlier in this article – you are not alone in thinking about the idea of having “my best year of golf ever” as it’s something that almost all golfers that I have met over the 30 years I have been involved with the game have considered.
That’s right – almost ever golfer I have ever met or helped – harbours that secret desire to “have their best year of golf ever” regardless of the level they are currently on.
Most golfers won’t ever admit to that though!
As it’s one of those desires that a lot of people have that would be very nice if it happened but it’s really a private thought that they won’t share, which makes it in actual fact – something that they ‘hope will happen’ and as with most things that people ‘hope will happen’.
They don’t normally do much more than think about it.
As you may be aware from your own experiences over the years, thinking about something – doesn’t usually cause it to become a reality – despite what all the self-help gurus tell us!
Instead, the desire just ends up living in the ‘that would be nice on day’ section of your brain and you continue on with your golf and life – never quite playing as well as you would like to.
Starting every round with that desire of better golf popping into your head but finishing each round having long since forgotten it as you battle your way around the golf course – again!
I’m going to suggest that today is the day that you can change that reality.
Today, you can take a single step that will start you on your way to “having your best year of golf ever” as it’s time for you to at least privately:
Admit that the desire to improve your golf is real and that you will do something about it over the next year.
Have you done that yet?
I hope you have because it’s actually going to be a lot easier than you think it will be to do once you get hold of a copy of the book 7 Days to Your Best Year of Golf Ever.