Feeding Your Golf Addiction In The Winter Part 9: Make Some New Year’s Resolutions

This is the ninth in a series on things to do to feed your golf addiction in the off season:

Make Some New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a great time to reflect upon the old, and to make some resolutions for improvement of your golfing life. Get out some of your old score cards and notes (yes, I take notes—don’t you?) and replay those rounds in your mind. In your day dreams, try to identify where things went wrong, and what areas you could stand to improve.

In my own reflections this morning, I’ve determined that I have two primary problems. First, I am too often hitting long irons and woods into par fours. That indicates a lack of distance off the tee. Second, I have an inordinate number of two putts, with a bogey as the result. That tells me that my recovery shots from around the green are not getting close enough to the hole to make a one putt a consistent proposition.

So I’ve come up with a four resolutions for the new year:

1) Improve my distance by losing weight. My theory is that with less weight around my middle, I’ll be more flexible. And more flexibility will result in a longer swing and more speed. My only question is how to go about it. My go-to diet in the past has been the Adkins, but it’s very limiting. I’ve also thought about just keeping track of, and reducing calories. That has more appeal, because it’ll still allow me to have a Coke or other evening drink if I plan it right in cutting calories elsewhere. There’s another benefit to reducing the calories: some studies have shown that reducing calories increases lifespan (quite apart from the weight related problems). That’ll mean more time on this planet for golf.

2) Improve my distance by increasing my strength. I’ve got a GolfGym PowerSwing Trainer , which is essentially a golf grip with a set of those resistance cords attached. My resolution is to use those three times a week to improve strength, particularly in the core.

3) Improve my distance by improving my flexibility. One of the very best things I got to review this year was the G2 Fit Self-Guiding Golf Stretch Fitness Mat . It’s a brilliantly simple idea: a high quality exercise mat with the stretching exercises printed right on the mat. No watching DVDs or flipping pages in a book. It’s all right there. I have been using it daily for a couple of months and will continue into the new year.

4) Finally, I’ll work on my short game some more—in particular, the pitch shot. For my money, that’s the easiest of the short game shots, and the one I should turn to more often. It’s also one of the three basic scoring shots described by Stan Utley in his excellent The Art of Scoring.

New Years resolutions are of course made to be broken, but over the years I’ve had a much better record keeping my golf-oriented ones than with the others.

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3 thoughts on “Feeding Your Golf Addiction In The Winter Part 9: Make Some New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. I’ve started reading “The Art of Scoring” thanks to your recommendation a while ago. It’s good so far. I also ordered a copy for my brother-in-law.

    As for losing weight, I, too, have read that a reduced-calorie diet can increase your lifespan. But if I recall correctly you have to reduce your intake by one-third. It may be even more. I remember thinking “Woah. If you’re living on that little food, life ain’t worth living.”

  2. My question would be: one-third from what? I’ve read that the Average American consumes 2,500 calories a day. Cutting that by a third would still leave you with 1,600—a very nice diet, indeed. I’ve read that 1,400 calories a day will nearly always lead to weight loss.

    My new rule: If it comes through a window, it isn’t food and I’m not eating it.

  3. I’ve had some luck on the weight loss front, with a simple, golf like approach.  Losing 1 lb requires a deficit of 3600 calories.  (and gaining one requires a surplus of the same amount).  Now we know how to keep score. The question is just how many meals we’re going to keep score over.  If your body burns 2500 calories, and you have 600 for breakfast, 600 for lunch, 600 in snacks, and 1000 at dinner, you just three putted. 

    My best weight loss has come from walking a golf course (about 1800 calories) and carrying a peanut butter & jelly sandwich to avoid the hot dog.  If I do that and hold my “normal” 2500 calories, I’ll lose a bit.  My theory, “repeat, until I can’t”.


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