Re: Goals for 2008Handicap: 5 or less, officially. My handicap this year has been unofficial, but I calculated it once every couple months or so. My last calculation came to 12.6. 5 may seem like a pretty long shot but considering the progress I've made this year, it's possible.
Last March, I was a complete hack who averaged 105 for 18 holes. With mulligans and preferred lies and all the stroke shaving techniques, so needless to say I was bad.
Scoring: Par or better for nine holes at least once, and to consistently break 80. Currently I haven't even broken 80 once - my best was an 81 (on a course that sloped 137).
Practice: I'm not a ball beater. And I probably never will be. I guess this would be better called preparation for a round. Spend at least half an hour before a round practicing - 10 minutes putting, 10 minutes chipping, and 10 minutes with a full shot. I lose a ton of strokes on the first few holes because I hadn't warmed up properly, usually starting with a double or triple, and the day's done before I head to #2 tee.
Lessons: I need to figure out how to work the ball better, especially with my irons. Right now, I only hit a draw with the irons, and I only hit a cut when I least need it.
Course Management: This ties directly in with scoring and handicap. With the swing and grip changes I should be long enough to have all options in the bag - that means hitting more irons off more tees and stop making unnecessarily risky shots.
Commit 100% to Every Shot: This, along with the mental game, is difficult for me. After hitting a duck-hook into the trees, a punch out, a dribbler, draping a divot over the ball, and a skulled shot across the green, it's hard for me to concentrate - I'm too busy being mad at the series of bad shots I'd just made.
Have more Fun: Again, considering how much pressure I end up putting on myself, it's hard, but I've found out I have much more fun in a foursome, so that's a start.
(Course management) I did that just today - 270 yard par 4, dog leg right at 200. You can go for the green if you hit a cut over the trees. Usually I'd cut the corner with a driver or sometimes a 3 wood. I'd end up in the trees or over the other side, losing a ball and making big numbers. Today I striped a 5 iron down the middle and then stuck a gap wedge to three feet, kick in birdie.