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#179 Web TV: How To Play Consistent Golf in 2018

How To Play Consistent Golf in 2018

 Would you like to play consistent golf in 2018?

Do I hear you say, yes, Tiff that’s exactly what I want to do. Well, I’m going to work on that and show you exactly what to do.

Welcome to 2018, happy new year and I hope you had an absolutely awesome Christmas and fantastic new year and you are ready for action in 2018 with your golf.

We want to make sure you are playing consistent golf.

Firstly, thank you very much to Janelle. Janelle gave me a new golf outfit for Christmas just to say thanks for all the help I’ve given her with her golf and I really appreciate it. I love it. So thanks Janelle.

Now, straight on to what we want to be doing in 2018. It’s really about setting some goals, so what I have done for you today is to set up something very simple. We can do this by hand, it’s only going to take you a couple of sheets to go through or a few sheets to go through and I have made it really simple.

Remember, what we are aiming to do it to play consistent golf.

The first thing that I want you to do is work out what your handicap is and what you ideally want your handicap to be by the 20th December 2018.

What I’ve done is to set you an example, or you can break it down and make it work through it. Let’s say this particular person has a handicap of 45, what the goal is for this person, as you can see on this sheet, is 36 by 20th December 2018.

That is actually quite achievable, so if you are playing off a 45 handicap it is achievable, and I’ll show you how to break it down. But, whatever the handicap is that you ideally want to get to at the end of the year, we need to make sure that we break it down into quarters. As you can see here on this particular sheet, our first sheet, we have done January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December and ideally in December we want to get the handicap down to 36. What I have actually done is to break it down into little sections. About nine shots is what a 45 handicapper wants to get down to, 36. If we break it down into four separate components, you will see that we have taken 2.25 off each quarter.

Between January and March, the handicap you want to reach if you are playing off 45 is 42.75. Then, when you go to April, June, the handicap you are aiming at by the end of June is 40.5.

By the end of September, the period between July and September you want to get to 38.25. The October, December the goal is to achieve, especially the 20th December which is what we have written down is to achieve a handicap of 36.

Very achievable. As you can see it’s only about 2.25 shots each quarter, every three months we want to be able to break that down. Very simple.

Whatever the handicap is that you want, even if you want to go from 30 to 25, or something like that. Break it down into quarters. It’s only 5 shots. But how are you going to get from 30 to 25? Break it down into little sections in each quarter. Hope that all makes sense.

Then we move onto the second page. All we are going to focus on is January to March 2018. What we want to do at the end of each quarter is to ask ourselves questions. I have seven questions here for you that I want you to write down and then I want you to fill out.

7 Questions To Ask Yourself

Question 1: What skills do I need to learn?

If you are playing off a handicap of 45, you have to learn everything. What I have written down is full swing technique, chipping technique, putting technique, bunker technique, pitching technique, consistency, focus. That is ideally what this person would need to learn if they are on a 45 handicap.

I would ideally say that no matter what handicap you are actually playing off, you need to make sure that you have all of the above. You have to make sure that the techniques are in place.

Question 2: How much time do I play comp each week?

This person says they are playing twice per week in competition.

Question 3: Currently, how much time do I practice?

Well, this person doesn’t practice at anything. Yet, they are expecting to be able to get their handicap from 45 to 36. Not achievable if you have put down the answer to question three as no practice. If you are not practicing at any time you are not going to get it. I can guarantee that you will really struggle.

Question 4: How much time should I practice realistically?

Well, depending on time, everyone is different, so I have put this person as being quite busy and practicing twice per week for an hour at a time. Everyone is going to be different, so you need to make sure you apply that, but realistically if you are practicing two hours per week then something is better that nothing and I would recommend that is the absolute base of what you should be doing with practice.

Question 5: What are the most important skills I must learn right now?

This is the period between January and March. So, what I have written down for this person with a 45 handicap if they need to work on full swing, chipping, and putting. The most important three things they need to be working on.

Question 6: What days can I practice?

Write down, days I can practice. Now this person I have put as practicing two days per week for 1 hour, Monday and Thursday and that’s what they are going to do.

Question 7: What do I practice on my practice day?

I have put an example of a person who is going to practice two times per week at an hour each time, let’s say Monday is working on the full swing, and what they need to do is work with the sand wedge, the eight iron, the hybrid and the driver, practicing their swing and working on getting the technique right.

It’s really important, especially going from a handicap of 45 to 30, not 45 to 36, you really have to make sure you are getting your technique right. If you are sitting somewhere in between that, make sure you are getting your technique spot on. Once you get under 30 you really want to make sure you are refining technique and you start putting some strategies in place. Really important.

For example, this person, on the Monday will be working on their full swing. On the Thursday they will be working on putting and chipping and they will be focusing on their technique and getting it right and spend half an hour on putting and half an hour on chipping.

That is realistically something simple, two hours per week, one-hour focus on full swing, half an hour focus on putting, half an hour focusing on chipping. You can’t practice everything all in one hit, but if you section it out and have those as your focus over the next three months that would really help.

Again, this is an example of what to do, but what you can do is leave some comments and share with me what you are actually coming up with, that would be really awesome.

Really what you want to make sure you do is to get to work.

Those questions again? I’ll just quickly ask them again for you just so you have them in your head. You can write them out.

Question 1: What skills do I need to learn?
Question 2: How many times per week do I play comp?
Question 3: How much time do I practice?
Question 4: How much time should I practice? Realistically?
Question 5: What are the most important skills I must learn right now?
Question 6: What days can I practice?
Question 7: What do I practice in those practice days?

You have it all there and I can show you an example on the screen. A quick mock up for you.
And, get to work! We have to make sure that you start putting that in place.

One other question I have, and this is something you must be aware of.

The final question, we have the first 7, so the final question is, what do I have to be aware of?

I want you to write that question down, what do you have to be aware of?

What are the things you must be doing?

So, it doesn’t matter if you are playing on a 45 handicap, a 36, a 30, a 25, 15, even a 10, if you are working on achieving a goal for 2018 and you really want to improve your golf, then you need to make sure that you are doing these things.

You need to make sure that you are refining your technique, you need to make sure you are having lessons. Now, I actually recommend that if you are serious about getting your handicap down, then I would say that you should be having a private lesson. I’m not saying that you have it every week, maybe you might only need it once a month, just so that you are refining, especially as you get better and better, you don’t need to have lessons as much as someone who is just starting out. You have been working on your technique and you know what you need to be doing.

If you are sitting on a 45 handicap, 36, 30, you need to make sure you are having lessons and as I said, I recommend privates for these ones. You also want to make sure you are attending clinics. If you have an opportunity to attend a clinic, I’m sure that you are aware that I run consistency clinics on learning on how to play a consistent game.

I run those quite frequently, so you can always keep an eye out for those as well, always make sure that you are attending clinics, practice your technique, it’s so important, very, very important, that’s how you can get your consistency, practicing your technique.

Also, looking at videos. I have lots of video content out there on my site and on YouTube for you to improve your golf, so the opportunity is there for you to do it.

It’s up to you to put the work in place if that’s what you really want to do.

Don’t think that because you decided you want to achieve a goal for 2018 and really get what you want out of your golf game, but you’re not going to do anything about it, just going to rock up and play comp and hope that it all just happens, I can assure you that it will not happen for you, it will actually hold you back from improving.

I want you to step away from comp and get out there onto the driving range, the practice green and chipping green to practice your shots over the bunker, practice your chipping, practice your putting, putting pressure on yourself. It’s really important that you work on refining your technique.

I see so many people that really want to become consistent, and that’s the number one thing that people come to see me about with their golf. They say, Tiff, I really want to be consistent, I want to make sure that it’s happening, I want to reduce my handicap, or I just want to enjoy the golf. But, they are not willing to spend the time working on refining the technique and getting the technique right. I can guarantee you that if you get your technique right that’s where the consistency is going to come from, because you will have solid foundations in place.

So, I thoroughly recommend that you do that so for 2018, don’t struggle any more with your golf. Start taking action. Start doing something about it. If you are frustrated, there is a reason. The reason will also be mental but usually what I find is if the technique is not so great, they really struggle, trying to make things work, which can hold you back and also the mental side of golf. As you know it is a very mental game, as you would have experienced. It starts from day one when you take up golf, it does test you mentally, so you want to make sure you have the fundamentals in place as well.

If your goal for 2018 is to go from a 22 handicap down to an 18, a lot of it is going to be working on refining technique and also working on the mental side because that’s where you can make a really big difference in your golf game.

There are a lot of things for you to actually put together and really work on for 2018. There is an opportunity for you to do that. The world is your oyster.

If you want to ask me any questions, please leave some comments, ask away, I’m happy to help you in any way that I can. If you are looking for ideas of what you need to be working on, leave some comments as well because I can produce some videos for you over the course of the year to show you various things that you need to be focused on, so please do that.

I hope you enjoyed today’s goal setting session. It’s something really simple, but remember, it’s all about you this year, 2018, make this golf year your best year yet for your golf. That’s what I want to see from you and I want you to enjoy your golf, I don’t want you to get frustrated with your golf, I don’t want you to be hard on yourself, I want you to accept where you are at, I don’t want you to put pressure on yourself, I want you to be working on the process. Get that right because then the results will come.

Before I finish with you, I do know of people who get quite stressed. A lot of people I have worked with over the years get quite stressed about their handicap and start to become quite obsessed about it.

Things are not working, and their handicap starts to blow out a little bit, the problem usually is because they are focused on what the handicap is rather than actually working on getting the processes right.

Getting the technique right, having a pre-shot routine, getting the mental side right, taking the pressure off, working on specific things throughout the game, making sure they are all happening. You need to make sure that those are the things that are actually working for you. Really, at the end of the day the results will come if you work on the process.

For 2018, I want the theme for you to have is to work on the process of your golf, so that you know exactly what you need to do for each part of your game and you are actually getting it to work the way you want it to!

Let’s rock 2018. Let’s achieve the goals for 2018.

I hope you got a lot of value out of today’s video. I would love you to leave a comment and share with me what you liked best about what you heard today, that would be absolutely awesome and if you have friends that you know will benefit from these videos, it would be absolutely fantastic if you could share them, because we want to build the Lady Golf Teacher community as big as we possibly can.

Let’s share the love.

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; Tee it high and Let it fly.

To your golfing success,
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Tiffany Mika

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