Goals for the 2021 Golf Season

Setting goals is nothing new in this little corner of the internet. New year, new season; it's all very exciting. Starting on a clean slate always feels good, and the upcoming possibilities are endless. Will my winter practice pay dividends? Is this the season I set a new personal best? Maybe I'll finally get a hole-in-one? We're on the first tee of the season and whether we make the most of it or not is up to us.

Victoria Golf Club 7th hole

Make pressure your friend

No matter who we are or what we do, we all feel pressure at times. Whether it's on the golf course or at work or when you're the emcee at your friend's wedding reception and everyone is counting on you not to stink. Achieving anything in life will have some level of pressure associated with it, therefore pressure isn't something we should avoid, but rather something we should embrace.

Priddis Greens Hawk #12

The Art of Patience

Stay patient.

So simple.

Why is it so difficult sometimes?

I've struggled staying patient on the course at times. In my previous blog entry I wrote about how patience was taken over by frustration in our first round of the Calgary Golf Association's Riley's Best Ball event, which knocked us to the consolation side.

Since then we've mustered up a couple wins and found ourselves in the consolation quarter-final match last night on the Hawk course at Priddis Greens G&CC. It has taken me a while to implement relentless patience this season, but I have started to find some recently.

The vintage club

Owning Your Mental Game

After I published my Goals for the 2017 Golf Season, I had several followers ask me to "reveal my hand" and expand on my mental game routine referenced in that post.

I am not an expert in human psychology, but I do take a keen interest in it. Even in the most common social encounters I like to observe behaviours and body language (including my own) because I find it fascinating how our minds work and react.

When it comes to golf I find it even more fascinating and I always take inventory of my thoughts in an effort to correlate them with performance. A few of my own observations:

golf sayings

10 Common Sayings You Shouldn’t Apply to Golf

I fell down a Google wormhole a few days ago searching out some of the most cliche sayings of all time. I had no purpose for this search other than to relentlessly avoid whatever I was supposed to be doing at the time, but then I started to realize that golf provides some strong exceptions to some of these sayings and I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Please enjoy.