“Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.”

– Stephen Covey

Of course we need goals. Goals are the visions in the back of your mind of a potential future outcome. They inspire us and we enjoy thinking about them. However, goals don’t really help us do anything except give us something to admire and hope for. What good is hope if you aren’t willing to take action? I don’t want to talk about goals and wishes. I want to talk about an action plan.

As you sit at your computer, or on your phone or tablet, reading this I want you to think about 2017. Ask yourself a question.

“What can I do to make this my best golf year ever?”  

The answer to this question requires you to think about actions. Let’s revise the question with a bit more detail.

“What can I do to improve my golf swing, gain a great putting stroke and achieve a 50% up and down percentage from 100 yards to the green?”

By asking questions with more detail your brain begins to act. It tries to come up with some answers. Let go one step further.

“What can I do to master the grip and address position to look exactly like Moe, learn to practice correctly, lose 10 lbs, and become 10% stronger?

Do you see how, by adding a numerical value to the specific outcome, it forces your brain to try to think of ways to measure your progress.

The purpose of this blog is to help you get clarity on your outcomes so you can get even clearer on the HOW you plan to achieve them. I want to help you go from merely making the wish “I want to play better golf” to “I want to be a 10 handicap, with a perfect single plane swing, great putting stroke and 50% Up and Down short game.

The more specific your goals become, the more your brain starts to formulate a plan. In many ways your brain doesn’t know the difference. It starts to act as though it was already real. This is a powerful tool for achievement. I have always been a planner and goal setter. More importantly I have always built action plans around my goals. I always detailed and measured my progress to ensure that I was heading in the right direction. Measuring is a key ingredient to motivation.

Many times our students set the goal of hitting the golf ball better. This goal is inadequate mostly because once you hit a good shot, according to your goal, you should be finished. In actuality everyone wants to become a better ball-striker and I would add that everyone should want to become a more consistent ball-striker which is an entirely different goal. It is more specific and requires another level of measurement.

Using Ball-flight as your measurement

When I team up with my coaches during schools we have plenty of conversations about our students.  We discuss improvements and how we can get better results. Our conversations often involve how the students measure progress. They seem to measure progress by ball-flight results.

If you’re going to measure your success according to ball flight, I believe you must also measure it against the swing that produced it. If a good swing produces a good shot then you are on your way to consistency. If a bad swing produces a good shot then I would argue that it is not a good shot – this is contrary to most instruction.

As a coach and teacher, I want great technique to produce great shots because it has the highest chance of consistency and long term outcomes. This requires a level of focus on technique and mechanics. Mechanics and technique requires some sort of measurement which lands us again at Moe’s technique. Do you see how it all comes down to modeling Moe?

Moe at address

Moe Norman at Address

Here’s a good one for you,

“How can I lose 10 lbs and achieve the perfect Moe Norman Single Plane Grip and Address in 4 weeks and have fun doing it?”

When you add the “have fun doing it” it give a little bit of motivation to actually start ASAP. It is these type of questions that set the brain in motion trying to formulate and answer.

I challenge you to ask yourself the above question.  “How can you lose 10 lbs. and achieve a perfect Single Plane Grip and Address Position in the next four weeks and have fun doing it?”

Here is a rare never before seen picture of Moe to help you. All you need to do is match the model. Make sure you look just like Moe from grip position, arm position, head position, leg position etc. Feel free to email me your answers to Toddg@moenormangolf.com. I want to hear from you. If you get really serious, I would like to set you up with one of our coaches to have built an action plan. More on the importance of coaches later.