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Tips to Make the Upcoming Golf Season a Success, and Why They Matter
Golf is an activity that requires patience and practice. Anyone who has ever held a club and looked at the size of the ball understands the reality. It’s hard to place a small ball that never weighs more than 1.62 ounces into a cup-sized hole in three, four or five swings. Due to the nature of the sport, it’s important to have strategy both before and during play.
As we cross into April, golf season is about to take over. Many people around the northern hemisphere are preparing for the nice weather to break through the clouds and for the fairways to turn bright green. Below I list advice that will help people transition into the season and avoid the common frustrations of a difficult pastime.
1. Decide whether or not you want to put in the time
Golf is a sport that is usually much more rewarding the more it’s played. It’s too difficult a hobby to partake in once a year and expect to have a great round. Your first step heading into the golf season should be to decide whether or not you are going to put in the time. Do you plan on really going after it, or do you plan on playing an infrequent round or two?
The reason to mentally go through this step is to set reasonable expectations. In golf, realistic goals are imperative to have a successful season regardless of involvement. Take your time and assess where you want to go with the next few months on the course and what you want to accomplish.
2. Have the appropriate gear
Success in golf is more than partly dictated by gear. It’s the truth. More quality, well fit clubs lend themselves to lower scores. Similarly, it’s important to have the right shoes. Depending on your climate and course terrain, shoe type can very. Make sure they have studs, because any foot slippage during a swing will most likely be a one-way ticket to the sand trap. Other gear to consider:
- loose, nice looking and comfortable clothing
- bag with adequate features
As with most activities, golf requires certain gear. It’s vital that your clubs match your size and talent. Precision is the golden ticket. With insufficient gear, accuracy is immediately compromised.
3. Find a consistent group
As with other aspects of the game, the group you golf with can help with consistency and performance. On days when you think it might be better to skip a round, you’ll have people to push you. Additionally, golfing with the same people on a regular basis can build some serious camaraderie. It can be a lot of fun to go through an entire season with a tight group of people. If you’re considering getting a membership at a club, this commitment can also be easier if someone you know does the same.
Golf is an individual sport officially, but can be viewed as a team sport when casual players are considered. Use your buddies to push you toward success this season. It will reward your game, as well as your friendships.
The upcoming golf season can be whatever you want it to be. Just make sure that you start determining what you want to achieve during the season. Starting now will help you acquire what you need to reach the goals you establish.
Scott McCormick’s goal for the 2013 golf season is to have fewer triple-bogeys and four-letter word outbursts than he did in 2012. In between rounds he’ll be writing for GolfNow.com, provider of discount golf tee times in Charlotte, Houston, Fort Worth and other cities across the U.S. and Canada.