Another year is over, I’ve made some great progress but now it’s time to kick on and move my golf to the next level. With that in mind, I have carefully thought about what my goals for 2019 should be and how I am going to achieve them.
My main aim for 2019 is to drop my handicap down to 7.
I’ve finished 2018 on 10.7 hcp, and with all the hard work and training I am putting in this winter, I am hoping to come out at the start of the season playing some great golf.
To become a 7 handicap, I looked up some key statistics that outline what a golfer at that level achieves on average per round (in brackets are my 2018 stats to compare):
- Fairways – 51% (54%)
- Greens in regulation- 37% (35%)
- Putting average – 33 (32)
- Scoring average – 84 (86)
From these stats, I have set my own goals for these areas to give myself the best chance of achieving my goal of becoming a better golfer and getting down to 7:
- Fairways – 60%
- Greens in regulation- 40%
- Putting average – 30
- Scoring average – 82
One of the areas I need to work on hard in the off season is my GIR statistic. If I can get that up by 5% I will be scoring a lower round average and be right on my way to achieve a handicap of 7. Part of my training programme is to concentrate on my approach shots from around 130-160 yards and ensuring that anything in-between this distance is well drilled and I feel confident on the course.
Other goals are I am setting myself for 2019 are based on my club performance. This year I won the Flag Competition and I want to retain that in 2019, so this is an important date in my diary for me to focus on. I also want to win another significant competition at my club, which I have not earmarked yet but will by the end of January ready for the season.
Now that my handicap is low enough another ambition of mine in 2019 is to qualify for our winning Leslie Wood team for the upcoming season’s competition. Trials will be held and I’m definitely making sure I am in those.
That’s it for now, let’s hope I can achieve my goals and heres to a great 2019!