Now that the year 2014 is in full swing, it seems as good a time as any to throw down some golf resolutions. Since the popular habit is to eventually break every resolution you make within two weeks of popping the last champagne bottle, I’ve decided to make our list a little more… achievable.
Here are a few golf resolutions you should definitely keep in 2014.
Walk a few rounds of golf
Let’s be honest; when was the last time you walked 18 holes of golf? About the same time when you last saw your belt buckle? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in that fight. Do yourself a favor and walk a full round at least once this season. Your cardiologist will thank you for it.
Save the drinks for the clubhouse
Playing golf while smashed out of your gourd may sound like a great idea, but your golf game isn’t going to improve that way. Oh, you think you play better when you’re drunk? Guess what; you don’t. Nobody does. Stop lying to yourself and save Miller Time for the Nineteenth Hole.
Play more rounds with other people
I’m as guilty as the next guy with this one, but I have a bad habit of playing golf by myself. I know it can be tough finding a partner to play a quick nine holes, but golf is meant to be a social event. Save the “alone time” for the driving range. Keep the links a place to network and have fun.
Play by the Rules this season
You know that foot wedge you like to pull out of your bag every couple of rounds? Keep it in storage this season. Breakfast ball off the first tee? Take that out of your vocabulary. Try playing a full season by the Rules of Golf and see how it affects your game. What could it hurt? You stink anyway.
Keep your clubs clean like a Pro
One of the worst things you can do to your golf game is to play with muddy, filthy clubs. Wet a towel and clean your clubs after every round next season. Don’t be surprised if you see shots fall off your handicap in the process.
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