Team Golfshake Set Personal Golf Targets and Goals for 2018
Approaching the new golf season, we all set objectives and hopes for the coming months. Team Golfshake has come together and outlined their targets and ambitions for 2018. Have you set any goals for yourself for the year ahead?
Secret Harbour Golf Links. You will not have heard of it, but you will be reading about it in March. I am off to Perth for three weeks in February - that is Perth, Western Australia, NOT Perth, Scotland. The temperature will be about 30C. We are staying in a house that overlooks Secret Harbour, which runs alongside the Indian Ocean. I am also hoping to get in 18 holes at The Vines, which is regarded as one of the best courses in Australia. Watch this space.
To play more golf than I did last year. Some work commitments last year meant that through the summer I played a lot less golf than the previous 2 years and that maybe a reason why my handicap didn't move during 2017 (The first year in which it didn't drop)
To reduce my handicap to a single figure. Currently off 11 exactly. I plan to spend a lot of time working on my short game again - which I didn't do during 2017 - and that will get me over the line.
At least 1 trip to Spain/Portugal/France by the end of the year. (Golfshake Travel Section). For the past 5 years I have organised trips at the start of the year. But due to some personal circumstances I have been unable to do one for 2018. However I do plan to make up for this later in the year!
Get a new Callaway TruVis tour bag.
In terms of my plans for 2018 I'm in the middle of some pretty big swing changes and whilst I'm on the right track, there have been some dark times at freezing cold driving ranges this winter trying to figure out how the hell to swing the club on a foreign path! I'm two strokes into a planned drop of ten and whilst it's a big ask I would love to have broken 80 by Christmas.
Playing this year, I'm really looking forward to a trip to Portugal at the start of March. The new course at West Cliffs looks outstanding and the group is looking forward to five days of outstanding golf. (West Cliffs Feature). I'll be living in the US for a few months over the summer and whilst I haven't given golf much thought yet, I'll definitely be taking my clubs with me! Closer to home I'm a big fan of heathland courses so venues like Woburn, Swinley Forest and West Hill feature highly on my 2018 "to do" list.
- Complete more Golfing Gastronaut adventures
- Sort out shoulder injury and improve overall fitness and flexibility
- Play TPC Sawgrass courtesy of the Hole in One club qualification
- Continue structured and organised coaching from Steve Astle East Midlands Golf Academy PGA coach.
- Ensure a more effective and structured practice routine. Stick to it.
- Play more Club golf, try and achieve an Honours board entry.
- Play more Pro Ams and Open events to test competitive edge
- Play more Championship standard courses
- Play more golf with my son.
- Get to play St Andrews Old Course.
- Get to play some other links courses.
- Reduce my handicap to 11 and get towards my goal of single figures.
- Try and play at least 10 new courses.
- Win the annual golf day that I organise and become the first person to win it twice.
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