8 New Year’s Golf Resolutions to Bring Your Game Up to Par
What would a new year be without resolutions? Here are a few golf resolutions from the pro staff at TPC Danzante Bay, one of Mexico’s best golf courses, that will help jump start—or refine—your game in 2021.
1. Play more. Is there any sport better than golf for getting outside, breathing fresh air, and enjoying a host of physical and mental benefits? Added benefit: Play more and you’ll play better.
2. Try a new course. Don’t ditch your favorites but use 2021 to check off some of the courses on your bucket list.
3. Take a lesson. At least one. At TPC Danzante Bay at the Islands of Loreto, we’re very proud that our guests rave about the lessons they’ve taken from us. Lessons aren’t only about getting better; they’re to stop you from getting worse by uncovering bad habits. Whether it’s a big swing change or a little tweak, an experienced pro can help.
4. Work on your short game. We’ve all been here: After a good drive or approach, you’re looking at a little pitch or chip. Then one bad move turns birdie into bogey…or worse. So much of scoring depends on those shots inside 100 yards–pitching, chipping, sand play, and putting. Take a short game lesson and practice this vital part of everyone’s game. You’ll find it fun, too.
5. Play in a charity event. Not typically your thing? We encourage you to reconsider. First, there’s nothing like a little competition to stoke your inner fire. Second, you may find a new friend in your foursome. But best of all, it’s a day of fun all in the name of a good cause. (You often get some cool gifts, too.)
6. Update your equipment. It doesn’t have to be a whole new set of irons. How about a new hybrid? Or that hot putter the pros are using? Maybe a rangefinder or golf watch to help you zoom in on distances. The technological improvements to equipment can help improve your game, too.
7. Set realistic goals. Time to get real. Many amateur golfers get frustrated because they set themselves unattainable goals. If you usually score in the high 90s, getting to 85 will take some time and work. Take lessons and play more but realize that real progress is slow and steady.
8. Get in shape. Okay, now we’re really talking seriously. It’s very likely the best thing you can do for your game—as well as your overall health—is to commit now to a consistent exercise program. Go to a gym, sign up with a personal trainer, or design a home workout. But that’s not enough: Make the commitment to work out regularly. Again, progress comes slow, but the results will be worth it.