This is the perfect time to plant the seed of motivation for each of us to think about some goals or resolutions for 2012.
For example, I have lost a solid 20 pounds since midsummer. My goal is to lose another 15 before May 1. I can tell you my swing already feels like the straight jacket, if not removed, has been loosened.
For you folks out there, perhaps you want to putt better, hit better sand shots, better pitch shots, whatever. It's really very simple. Whatever you want to attack you need two definite things in place: 1) A rock-solid game plan; 2) An absolute undying will to succeed.
It would also be a great help if you had a support system in place, like another person to partner the cause. Or a coach to keep you on course. It has been my experience that if students don't have a support system, failure is more likely.
On the upside, the feeling of accomplishment when you scale your personal Mount Everest is absolutely awesome. I encourage each and every one of you to give careful consideration to the goal of choice, and a plan for success.
Throughout my coaching career, I have often encouraged my tournament players to start each season with a variety of goals in place. Scoring average, stats, physical goals, top 10s, wins, etc. Goals allow these players to realize daily the needed commitment to the task at hand.
Whether you want to lower your handicap, win your club championship, or win on tour, goals are a must. It will be wonderful to step on a scale May 1 and look down to see the number I have committed to. It would be a huge bonus to get a bunch of emails from many of you folks that tell me that this article jump-started you to a personal best.
Look forward to hearing from you folks in the spring. Hmmm, I wonder if Tiger has any goals for 2012?
Tom Patri gives lessons at the Quarry on Immokalee Road, and is at Friar's Head in New York from May-December. Patri is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Visit Patri's website at www.tompatri.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.