If you live in fear of the question “what’s your handicap?” knowing that you’ll have to admit you’re a 20+ (or, even worse, “I don’t know”), you have 2 options: own that you suck, or actually work on improving your game. Whether it means spending more time on the range or getting new sticks that fit your game, there’s plenty of ways to stop making excuses and get better.
If you fall into the dreaded “I don’t know” category, your path starts here (with $10 off a USGA/GHIN Handicap Index by using code GHIN at checkout).
This doesn’t just mean spending more time on the course or whacking endless amounts of balls on the range with no purpose. Whether that means hiring a coach or finding some tips on the internet, don’t just practice, practice right.
With no shortage of incredible courses to play in Southern California alone, it may seem like a daunting task to hit every course on your dream list. So stop dreaming and start making it happen, or else the list will only keep getting longer.
(Pro tip: SCGA members get members-only deals on premier and exclusive courses throughout the year.)
There are plenty of amazing courses to discover in Southern California, but don’t let that stop you from traveling the world. Get the gang together to explore new places and take on some of the world’s top courses. Consider heading up the coast to Pebble or playing some historic tracks overseas.
It may be fun to just whack the ball around on a Saturday morning, but you’re missing out if you don’t tap into the competitive side of the sport. Whether you’re ready to test yourself against the best or want to get started with some casual team competition, do yourself a favor and find an outlet for your competitive spirit.
Breakfast balls, gimmies, mulligans, the ol’ foot wedge. We’ve all found ways to give ourselves an (illegal) advantage, but in the end, you’re only cheating yourself. Familiarize yourself with the updated rules, keep your scores legit, post your scores, and update your handicap. Try a little legitimacy this year, you’ll enjoy it.
Every golfer got their start by an experienced player taking them under their wing and showing them how to play the game the right way. Now it’s time for you to pay that positive influence forward to someone else. You can get involved with a local youth golf organization, or just start by taking someone to the course for the first time.
You’ll spend the holiday season boosting spirits by giving to others, then it’s time to boost your game. Grab that new set of sticks you’ve had your eye on or just sneak in an extra round at your favorite course. You deserve it.
You’ll be surprised how many of these resolutions you can check off just by joining a club. If you’ve been thinking of becoming a country club member or just looking for a group to play the local muni, you’ll find a new group of golf friends, great competition, more excuses to get out and play, and an all-around improvement to your golf experience.
Need to find a club near you? We’ve got you covered.
When the year wraps up, you won’t be thinking back on the great hours you logged at the office. Whatever other resolutions you make, the most important is to make sure you spend more time doing the things you love.