Goals for 2013
Alright, we are almost there.....March 15 is just a few days away and I know that day is the official start of handicap season in many states, including my own, Maryland. So the winter is almost over and warm weather is right around the corner along with rounds that count towards your hc.
What is your goal for 2013? Why did you set that goal? What did you do in the winter to get better?
My own goal for the 2013 season is to get down to single digit handicap. I'm not sure if that is a good goal or not since I have not been golfing for very long. It may very well be impossible or it may even turn out to be a goal that is not challenging enough. This is my first time that I am going into a new season (I started last summer).
I'm currently at a 15.5 hc officially and 14.1 unoffcially (which includes all my winter scores, my official hc has not counted any winter scores posted after Nov 15 in MD). I set my goal to get down to single digits because it seems like the next logical step. Over the winter I played as much as I could to get better. As I write this though I am thinking that I may have made a mistake in doing this because I think I may have been better served using the time that I played rounds over the winter to have instead used that time practicing more. I was lucky over the winter to get to the range once per week, usually the only time I hit balls was before my rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
I did practice a lot of putting though over the winter. I purchased a synthetic bent grass green for my basement and averaged about 9 or 10 hours a week putting. When I could, I would go to the practice green to practice this as well.
Now that daylight savings time has come, I am hoping that I will be able to practice outside more during the week after work. I plan to be able to go to the range 2 to 3 times per week and also work on my short game too. I plan to continue to play every Saturday and Sunday.
So my main goal for 2013 is to get my hc down to single digits. Other goals for 2013 include:
1) Breaking 80 (my current best is an 84)
2) Average 8 or more GIR per round (for 2013 I am currently averaging just under 5)
3) Average 8 or more FIR per round (for 2013 I am currently averaging right around 6)
4) Average 32 putts or less per round (for 2013 I am currently averaging 34-35, but this includes putts from off the green and on the fringe too)