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Golf - Great Expectations

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Every spring as the snow slowly starts to disappear and the grass begins to turn green, we turn our attention to the game of golf.

The Master’s in Augusta Georgia, to most golfers’, marks the beginning of the much anticipated golf season. After a long and cold winter most of us are pretty well fed up with the snow, the shoveling and being cooped up inside during the dark and cold nights of a Canadian winter. We are finally ready to trade in the steep white slopes of the ski hills for the undulating green fairways that await us.

We all have high expectations for the upcoming season. After all, last season was one of the longest golf seasons’ on record. Many of us had our clubs out in late March and did not put them away until mid November. The chances of having two years back to back are probably pretty slim!

Many of us hope not only to play more rounds of golf this season, but also hope our scores will improve from last year.

When you set your expectations too high for any sport, then you put too much pressure on yourself to perform. Falling short of your expectations, will often lead to disappointment and cause you to question your abilities and affect your self confidence.

This season, the best way to prevent disappointment in your golf game is to prepare a game plan. Start by understanding that in order to shoot lower scores, you are going to need to not only “put in the time”, but also be willing to make some changes in your game. For some golfers it might mean making some changes in your equipment. A new set of clubs, some new woods or even a new putter might mean that you will finally break 80, 90 or even 100 for the first time.

For others, it might mean devoting more time to practicing and working on your game. After all if you are not willing to change, then how can you expect your performance to improve from one season to the next?

It is always a good idea to have your swing looked at from time to time by a qualified Teaching Professional. You will have the opportunity to learn about your swing and understand how to prevent yourself from making swing errors that lead to poor shots and high scores.

After just a few rounds of golf this spring, all golfers feel it. Frustration, disappointment and sometimes questioning your own self confidence are enough to make you realize that change can be a good thing.

This season if you wish to reach your performance goals, then be willing to change your behavior both on and off the golf course. You will then be able to set some more realistic goals and meet or even exceed the expectations that you set for yourself at the beginning of the season.

Next Week: Pace of Play Tips

Cameron Burechails
Teaching Professional
The Georgian Bay Golf Academy