NAPLES — I hope that all of our golf fans have a wonderful Christmas and Santa brings each and everyone of you:
1. Hundreds of long, straight drives.
2. Thousands of crisp, precise irons that stop on a dime.
3. Millions of chips, pitches, and sand shots that seek the hole like they had a built-in GPS.
4. And that brings us to the putter. I hope Santa brings you a magic potion that allows you to hold that instrument with hands softer then a surgeon, and instill a feel as soft as a baby's skin.
I think we all know that these four factors, although important, are useless unless each of us will put in the reps needed to perfect the skill set to execute the shot at hand. Oh yes, a trained pair of coaching eyes sure wouldn't hurt.
All this said, as the new year approaches there are so many resolutions we all could make and/or wish for. I have a few wishes for 2013, and I would be grateful if each of you would join me in helping whenever you can.
1. I wish that the families of Newtown will heal and hold the loving memories of their young ones always close in their hearts.
2. I wish our troops can come home safely to their families.
3. I wish our leaders can in fact lead and our country can move forward with a confidence that recently seems lost.
4. That folks less fortunate than many of us can find jobs and provide for their families.
5. I wish that all those affected by Superstorm Sandy can rebuild their lives and homes in 2013.
6. That many of us in the golf world will continue to be so very generous. It seems that not only the PGA and LPGA Tours, but the recreational golfers in this country have always been so very generous with their time and funds. Our game has donated millions to a wide range of charities annually. My hope is we will continue.
Tom Patri and TP GOLF wish everyone one of you and your families a healthy, safe, and blessed 2013.
TP's Tip: Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice does. Never go to the range or the short game area without a very well thought out game plan.
The average club player only has some much precious time each week to work on his/her game. You want every session to have a purpose that is clearly defined, and every moment is used for the highest efficiency.
One of my old mentors, Coach Bobby Knight, was the king of efficient practices, Never was a moment wasted.
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, www.facebook.com/TomPatri or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.