Golf and Goal Setting

I’ve been away! Actually, I’ve been at home wrapping up finals projects. As of tonight I’m OFFICIALLY finished with my second semester of graduate school. Wow. Anyway, that’s the reason for the long silence.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The First Tee, the program where my kids are learning to golf. In a roundabout way, I’m learning via The First Tee too because I adopted the woman who runs the program in northern Nevada to teach me when she’s not teaching kids.

One of the things that kids learn via TFT is goal setting. In the program, the coaches call it a “goal ladder.”

The idea is this: pick a goal that is specific and within your control. For example, a kid might set a goal to make 10 putts in a row during a practice AND pass his math class. Then, once those goals are met, the bar goes higher. The goal might be to raise his overall GPA to a 3.2 and to shoot par.

I love the idea of a goal ladder. I mean, it can relate to food or fitness or parenting or anything in life really. But every time I go out on the course, or to the driving range or the putting green, I have a goal. It might be to make 6 putts in a row when I practice putting. Or it might be to keep my HEAD DOWN until I see the head of the club strike the ball when I’m on the tee (guess what one of my biggest problems is?!).

Setting goals for golf and life

In other words, my goal is to focus on one thing at at time. One of my biggest problems is that as soon as I get into my ready position, I go through an elaborate and ever-growing checklist. I’m pretty sure most golfers, especially beginners, know what I’m talking about.

Do you have golf-related goals? Are you a goal-setter in other areas of your life? Do you encourage your kids to set goals? What are some goals you’ve set and met recently? Please share.


2 responses

  1. I love the goal setting with kids and combining a ladder. Usually we pressure them to get a certain thing done but I like how you can set a ladder of goals. Its great when you see them set a goal and reach it. My 9 year old daughter out of the blue wanted to do a triathlon. She told me this a year ago. My girlfriend wanted to do one this year. When I told my daughter I might do a triathlon she was in my face. So I said, “sure”! Well she did it and got 1st Place in her age group. I’ve never seen her so focused. I was so proud and she did this all on her own will. No pushing, no demanding, no pleading. She did this all by herself.
    Now we need to ladder that with reading!

    May 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  2. I love the ladder and goals. I’m hoping to try linking sports with education.
    My youngest daughter who is 9 yrs old wanted to do a triathlon about a year or two ago. I disregarded her statement since she was so young and I didn’t think she knew what she was talking about. Well this year a friend of mine wanted to do a triathlon. I said I would do it with her. Oh Boy! My daughter was in my face! “Mom, you know I want to do a triathlon! Can I do it too?”
    Well sure, why not. I told her to do 15 minutes a day of something towards training for the triathlon. That was all I said. She did her own training.
    I couldn’t believe my eyes at the race. The focus she had. She raced her little heart out. It paid off. She got 1st Place in her age group. She wants to do it again.
    Now I need to link that intensity and focus with…
    SCHOOL !! Teach me how.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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