Set These Three Goals to Make 2014 Your Best Year of Golf
Playing better golf requires more than just wanting to play better golf. Sure, you have to want it but it doesn’t stop there. You need to set three specific types of goals: outcome, performance and process.
It’s no coincidence that we’re talking about goals—2014 is here. And inevitably, with the New Year come the resolutions. Instead of trying to inspire you to set lofty, life-changing goals, we want to give you simple, straight-forward guidance. To provide a clear picture of what this looks like, here’s an example plan:
- Outcome Goal: Shoot my career round next season.
- Performance Goal: Lower my putting average to 37 putts per round.
- Process Goal: Take a series of putting lessons prior to the season. Once the season has started, do the around-the-world putting drill before every round I play.
*Around-the-world putting drill: Set 5-10 golf balls five feet from the hole in a circle. Roll in as many consecutive putts as possible, aiming to sink them all. When you miss, start over from the beginning.
Remember that all three goals are directly related and dependent on each other. The outcome goal serves as the destination. The performance and process goals provide the path and direction. Now that you’ve seen an example plan, here’s a more detailed explanation of each goal:
- OUTCOME – Think big picture and results. Outcome goals focus on the results (or outcome). Examples: break 80; win your club championship; play a round without losing your golf ball.
- PERFORMANCE – What needs to happen. Performance goals focus on the action (or performance) that will help you reach your outcome goal. Examples: land 80% of chip shots within 10 feet; learn to hit a trap draw; play 18 holes without a 3-putt.
- PROCESS – How you will make it happen. Process goals are straight-forward and actionable. They are the groundwork for reaching your performance and outcome goals. Examples: start (and stick with) a fitness program; commit to one lesson per week for three months; work on your short game at the driving range once a week for 30 minutes.
As you can see, this example plan starts with a broad goal that many golfers already have and ends with a specific, actionable goal. The process goal is critical because you have complete control over it. Typically an outcome goal—such as winning a club championship—will involve external factors (how well your competitors play) that are out of your control. That’s why you focus on your process goal. Whether or not you win the club championship depends on a lot of things. Whether or not you practice your putting depends only on you.
If you’re unsure about any of your goals or just need to bounce a few ideas off someone, talk to your GolfTEC Coach. They’d love to help you out, and unlike that guy next to you at the driving range, they’re actually qualified to give you guidance.
Set your three goals and get started. Once you do, you’ll be set to make 2010 a great year of golf.