There’s a fabulous golf improvement device, sure to improve your game, and it only costs a couple of dollars. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest office supply store and pick up a notebook and pencil. It’s one of the greatest golf aids around — your own golf journal.
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Golf is an endless LEARNING experience, so take notes! Capture a lesson, log a practice, note a particular success on the course. A journal can be anything you want it to be!
LESSONS LEARNED – AND RETAINED
Ever take a lesson, return to practice the following week and realize you’ve forgotten a lot? Take time at the end of every lesson to review important points with your instructor. Write them down – and write down your “homework” too. You’re paying good money for this info – so keep it!
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To start with, make two sections in your notebook:
- “Before I Hit the Ball” – Use this area to collect notes on grip, stance, posture, aim, ball position.
- “When I Hit the Ball” – Collect info on the swing itself, things like club path, club face, weight transfer, etc.
With your instructor’s help, note your tendencies in both areas and specific drills to improve these tendencies. Use drawings, squiggles, stick people. Get creative. With this basic framework you will have a working system to capture – and remember – golf information that is personal to you. This will be very helpful when you go out to practice.
SPEAKING OF PRACTICE
Log your practice sessions: what you’re working on, what’s successful, what’s not, ball trajectory, questions that arise. All this info will be very useful, giving continuity to your practices and info you can share with your instructor next time you meet.
MORE IDEAS FOR YOUR GOLF JOURNAL
Expand your notebook and make it yours. Use it to keep all kinds of info, memories and reminders. Some thought-starters:
- Specific topics, like “Chipping – What To Remember” or “Putting – Ideas that Work”
- Equipment Wish List – clubs, balls, etc
- People & Places – List of fun folks and great courses to play this summer!
- Golf books to read, Golf blogs to look at
- On-course journal – logging games played, where, with whom, highlights, etc.
The sky’s the limit with the information you put in your journal – and with the benefit you get out of it. People who keep notebooks refer to them when they feel their swing getting off. They can start to solve their own flaws – and be their own instructor!