Planning, setting and achieving golf goals for 2018

As I started writing this article, I realized that this is my 10-year anniversary writing for the Bluffton Sun, resulting in more than 200 articles on golf.

I have written on every conceivable aspect of the game. I would love for you to send me ideas for future articles. One of my golf goals is to continue writing interesting articles.

This article is about my golf and fitness goals for 2018 and how I have decided to organize them. I am using a formula that is easy to follow. Think of A, B, M. The goals need to be achievable, believable and measurable. For me to want to hit my drives 300 yards is not achievable or believable.

When I was a junior golfer, I once had a handicap of 5. My goal as a senior golfer is to have a handicap of below 10 by June 15. I will post my scores every time I play and see if I have reached my goal by this summer.

I will keep my golf statistics for every round. I like to chart fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, sand saves and putts taken. This will help me figure out where I need the most practice time.

I will play golf twice a week and practice two times a week. Each month, I will look at my statistics and make goals for the next month's play and practice. I believe in setting short-term goals to help get to your final goal.

When I play golf, I will not think about mechanics on the course. I will play golf for the game and not worry about my golf swing. I will be more patient on the course and restrain from losing my temper at slow play.

My golf fitness goals are very important to me. Two years ago, I had a hip replacement and know what it is like to be away from the game for months.

I will track my fitness goals by measuring my flexibility and strength. I will go to the fitness center five days a week and do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises as well as strength and flexibility exercises on the machines and free weights

When I achieve my golf and fitness goals on June 15th, I will plan a golf get-away with my golfing friends.

Those are my golf goals. What are yours? I hope you plan and achieve your goals for 2018.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses.;

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