It's time to set some New Year's golf resolutions that you will definitely be able to stick to. Here's our advice.
A New Year is often a time for reflection as we look to the year ahead. A lot of us will be in a slight golfing slumber as the wintery conditions take hold and make it more difficult to get out onto the golf course as regularly. We thought we'd use this bit of extra time to draw up some helpful and achievable golfing New Year's resolutions that should help you to work towards your own golf goals in 2022.
Get golf fit
Often a resolution at the top of many people's lists. We can feel sluggish heading into the new year after one too many mince pies over Christmas. As Charlotte shared in her "What you should be working on in the winter" article, whether you focus on cardio, strength or flexibility, you’ll notice a difference on the golf course. You’ll be able to maintain your energy levels for longer, reduce your risk of injury and hit the ball further.
If you are unsure where to start when it comes to golf-specific fitness training, then this article about starting your golf fitness journey from Jamie Greaves may be of help. We also have a range of golf Pilates workouts from Linda Segerstam which could kick start your fitness plan.
Book a golf lesson
The lure of new golf clubs is always there, especially as the new products are launched into the golf market over the coming weeks. Of course, a new driver could definitely add some extra distance to your drives but maybe before you make that purchase think about making sure your swing is in its best shape before the season really gets underway.
Local PGA Professionals are on-hand throughout the winter months to make sure we're "golf-ready" by the spring. If you are unsure of where to start, the PGA launched the Find A Golf Lesson platform in September 2021, which is a great tool to use if you're looking for a golf coach to help your game this winter.
Attend a golf event
Watching the best players in the world is an experience like no other and as Covid restrictions hopefully lift further, there will be more opportunities to do this in 2022. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the 150th Open Championship, then we are sure you are in for a real treat. The AIG Women's Open will be played at Muirfield for the first time in August - tickets are already available to purchase here.
The Aramco Team Series also returns next year and we hope that spectators will be able to attend when Centurion hosts again in June. Also, the prospect of the Rose Ladies Series in 2022, could be a perfect spectating opportunity.
Organise a girls golf trip
Few things can beat a golf trip with friends and after a couple of years of uncertainty, we look to 2022 to be the year of the golfing get-away.
During the pandemic, many golfers have discovered that you do not have to travel far or stay for very long to constitute a great golf holiday.
If you're looking for some inspiration then there's lots of choice for a staycation at the Home of Golf, a short-haul trip could take you to the Costa del Sol and for somewhere further afield then Mauritius and the Belle Mare Plage comes highly recommended.
Talking of the Costa del Sol, we're hosting our first golf trip to Spain in April. Four-night, three golf courses, including the 2023 Solheim Cup venue Finca Cortesin - you can find out more details here.
You could also consider attending open events at golf clubs across the UK and we've just announced three UK Women & Golf events in 2022 and we will be adding more soon
Practise, practise, practise
We all start the year with the intention to practise more but more often than not other things get in the way and, in my case, I make excuses not to make time.
If you’re serious about improving then it’s time to stop making excuses and make practise part of your plan. We have a number of resources here on the website, including instruction from Sue Shapcott at Change Golfers and beginner drills from Ladies Love Golf's John Cheetham. Plus, you don't even need to head to the golf course as there are videos with drills you can do at home, like this one from Parkstone Golf Club professional, Alice Davis which looks at indoor putting drills.
Invite a friend to play
There's never been a better time to introduce a female friend or family member to golf, as the number of golfers, particularly the number of women playing, have grown exponentially over the last two years.
A report from Sports Marketing Surveys report released at the end of 2021, showed that the number of adults playing golf in Great Britain in 2020 skyrocketed. Participation grew from 3,086,000 people in 2019, to 5,234,000 in 2020. We were also told that there are over 550,000 women playing in England who are not members of golf clubs.
When it comes to encouraging someone else to play, you don’t necessarily need to impart swing tips, but a helping hand with the rules, etiquette or just offering a friendly face to the newbies at your club can make a big impact on whether they decide to stick with the game.
What's your New Year's golf resolution? Make sure you join the discussion on our social media channels.