A new year, a new set of goals to achieve! After the overly optimistic approach last year, I am hoping that this years goals are slightly more achievable! Who’s going to join me on the journey!?
How many courses this year?
So I am working my way through the list of courses slowly but surely… (Check out the course map here to see how I am getting on!). I’m hoping that 2019 can be a big push towards ticking off as many of the courses as I can, and this is where you can help me! If you are a member / employee at any of the courses I haven’t played- get in touch, and lets sort something out! I’m hoping to play a similar amount of golf to last year, and if I can play those rounds over just as many different courses as last year, I hope to make a real dent and turn more of the blue and red dots orange!
- Rounds played: 39.5 ⇒ 40+
- Courses played: 29 ⇒ 25+
So I’m not aiming for as big a drop last year. I’m at a realisation that playing different courses week in, week out, is never going to be beneficial to working the handicap down. If I can drop from my starting handicap of 10.4 to 9.9 at the end of the year, I’ll be happy.
- Handicap: 10.4 ⇒ 9.9
Fairways and Greens
Still perhaps remaining optimistic here, after little to no improvement in these areas of my game last year, I have reined in the targets a little. Lets see how close we can get to 40% across the board!
- GIR %: 33.04% ⇒ 40%
- FIR %: 34.21 ⇒ 40%
Targeting minor improvements across the board here, having seen last year how difficult it is to drop these numbers! Based on the calculation, assuming the course has 4 par 3s, 10 par 4s and 4 par 5s, if I deliver the reduction in scoring averages, this should equal a drop in average score from 86.8 to 84.7.
- Scoring Average Par 3: 3.56 ⇒ 3.5
- Scoring Average Par 4: 4.99 ⇒ 4.85
- Scoring Average Par 5: 5.82 ⇒ 5.7
- Scoring Average: 86.8 ⇒ 84.7
As my 2018 season progressed, and equipment changes were made, I definitely saw improvements in this area, but there is always room for more! Hoping to maintain the number of putts per GIR, (anything <2 means I am holing more birdies than 3 putting from GIR), but I would like to reduce my putts per missed GIR through improved chipping/pitching. Again, aiming to limit myself to one 3 putt per round if possible!
- Putts per Round: 31.64 ⇒ <30
- Putts per GIR: 1.96 ⇒ <1.95
- Putts per Missed GIR: 1.69 ⇒ 1.6
- 3 Putt %: 8.95% ⇒ 5.55%
- Consecutive rounds below handicap
- Consecutive rounds in the 70s
- Treat myself to a round somewhere special for my 30th birthday!
What are your 2019 goals? Get in contact below or across any of my social media platforms!