Dr. Gary Wiren, PGA Master
Personal Golf Objectives;
People occasionally ask me if there are
any "absolutes" in golf. I answer, ABSOLUTELY!...for
sure there is one, and here it is. "When people shoot a
lower score they tend to have more fun." Even those who
talk about golf as being just for exercise, or being out in nature,
or enjoying an activity with friends....yes, that is all fine
and true...BUT your inner soul seems to get a special reward
when you come in with "your best round in months."
You know what else? It makes you want to come back.
On the other hand a bad day in the score department, followed
by another and another gets a person wondering about whether
it is worth the effort. This is the pain vs. pleasure syndrome
in which people gravitate toward things they enjoy and resist
those they don't. So how is one going to find more of the "good
score days" to go along with the other elements that you
can celebrate? Let me suggest a few habits to develop that will
result in better golf scores and more fun on the course.
GARY WIREN'S PERSONAL GOLF OBJECTIVES
You can't get better without practice...period. But it needs
to be correct practice, that is where a good teacher can help.
Set a reasonable schedule of practice and training that you can
meet, and then stick to it. There will be emergencies and situations
that cause an occasional miss; but be as regular as possible.
Be positive about yourself, your game, and what you are doing.
Practice with an objective in mind. Since your time is short,
make your practice time of the highest quality. Make each shot
as though on the course except when warming up. Fewer balls;
more perfect shots.
When playing even in a casual round, take enough time to execute
properly. As long as you are taking the time to play, even for
fun, do it right. Make it a habit.
Winners are not always those who have finished first. A winner
is someone who gives the most in preparation to reach his/her
potential and makes every effort to perform at their highest
level. There will be times when that is accomplished and you
still aren't victorious; but you are a winner.
You may not have the best talent in a match. But tough competitors
often overcome superior talent. Patience and perseverance will
pay off in golf.
Self-control is a trait that you should strive to achieve. Loss
of self-control is harmful to performance as well as to individual
growth as a person. It reveals itself in club throwing, displays
of temper, offensive language, verbal abuse of fellow players...COMPSURE
Keep your body in good physical shape by observing the following
a. Eat three balanced meals daily starting
with a good breakfast and ending with a light dinner. Avoid as
much as possible fried foods, rich desserts, too much protein,
fat and salt. Eat more fruits, vegetables, cereals and grains.
b. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
c. Limit or abstain from the use of chemicals
including excess alcohol. Moderation is a good guide. Don't train
faithfully and then waste yourself in one night. Drugs are stupid!
d. Include a mixture of flexibility, cardiovascular
and strength work in your physical training program.
Be committed but put competing in perspective. There are more
important things in life. Putting it in perspective will help
you as a competitor to realize you don't have to win, only to
do your best.
Enjoy what you are doing. If it isn't rewarding or enjoyable,
then reevaluate your program and make it so. Golf is a game that
is meant to be enjoyed.
Gary Wiren, PhD
PGA Hall of Fame
World Golf Teacher's Hall of Fame