I’ve given more thought to a weekly routine that can be more manageable and can support longer range goals. The idea is to work on 2 swing types over the course of a quarter or 3 months and cycle through that process across all swing types over the course a year – switching between irons, drivers, short shots putting etc.. in rotation. Afterall – it’s about continual self-improvement – right? so I need to set up a routine that can plug into an annual cycle for the long haul. At least that’s my thinking.
With that in mind – what can my weekly routine look like without driving me crazy and stretching my schedule to the point that I can’t enjoy other things and still be highly productive at work? Clearly – I need to extend my previous written or unwritten deadlines for getting amateur golf-tournament ready. 2015 is too aggressive. One of the fundamentals of golf is to set yourself up for success. Considering my still late-to-the-game status, it is unreasonable for me to think that 1-2 years of hard work will get ‘er done when many 1/2 my age take their entire pre-college and college careers to get ready for just the Web.com tour. Stretch goals are fine but unrealistic goals are damaging and frustrating. I need to re-jigger my expectations.
So – not withstanding the right to change my mind – 2018 sounds like the right year to pick as a ready-for-prime time year. That’s not to say experiences may not begin as early as 2016. But it is to say that I must affirm (not concede) that time is on my side if I let it be and if I care about other things around me before I become an empty nester – ya’ know? Horror as it is to say it but “There are other things to life than Golf.”
So with that in mind. What can I do now with what I have at my disposal and the other life pressures that exists just from breathing and living and paying bills to methodically improve an aspect of my game?
Dare I say – I will return to my short game – putting, chipping and pitching – and begin to study for either the 7-9 irons or a 3-wood. Because these are the clubs i have that I like. Plus, although I have confidence in my pitching I’m learning many nuances and on any given day I can still debate just how good I am at this aspect of the game and shake my head.
So the wireframe, given all this, for the week goes like this:
Monday: Physical and Mental work – run in the AM, study 1 hour video or literature and record 1-5 short game practice routines for next 3 weeks.
Tuesday: Mental work – review practice plans for later in the week. Schedule a play date is it’s a play week. Online stuff
Wednesday: Early school day. Practice 30-minutes putting routines
Thursday: Early day: Practice 30-minute putting
Friday: Driving range, practice routines from earlier in the week or Play 9/18 holes twilight at least once a month (preferably 2X)
Saturday: Afternoon 2-hour short game practice in afternoon (2X/month) – depending on family schedule
Sunday: – day of rest
This is a draft schedule but I like the bones of it. I’ll kick it off next week. I need to flesh it out a bit more but it’s a start.
So let it be written……