New Year's Resolution: Play More Golf!

By Melissa Hansen

So many of us were eager to say goodbye to tumultuous 2020 and greet 2021 with measured optimism. If 2020 taught us anything, it is that time spent with family and friends is precious, and our health is not something to take for granted. On that note, it seems appropriate to make New Year's promises to ourselves that honor both of those realizations. Therefore, vowing to play more golf at The Club at Olde Cypress this year is spot on. Experts say that with any goal, you are more likely to achieve it if you write it down and look at it regularly to remind yourself that it is a priority. Some folks will go as far as making a Vision Board for 2021, which will include "More Golf" on it, as well as other healthy goals they'd like to achieve. Here are some more ways to ensure that you stick to this golf-oriented goal this year:

Find your people. If you have a group of golf buddies that are your speed—in terms of their personalities and playing styles—you will be excited to spend time with them on a regular basis. If you haven't found them yet, don't despair. There are so many wonderful members at The Club at Olde Cypress to play with. If you tell your golf friends about your goal, they can help hold you accountable, and perhaps even join you on your active journey. It is similar thinking to finding a workout pal.

Discover your why. What exactly is it about golf that you enjoy? For some, it's simply being outdoors (the scenery at The Club at Olde Cypress IS gorgeous, after all). For others, it's the competitive aspect of playing a low-impact sport; challenging themselves to improve specific aspects of their game; meeting new people or learning new things; taking full advantage of their golf membership at The Club; or simply having fun. Knowing what motivates you to play will keep you focused and on track to increase your playing days.

Define your goal. What exactly will "play more golf" look like for you? Does that mean adding a 9 and dine to your weekly calendar or committing to 3 mornings a week plus 18 on the weekends? If you are more specific about your intention, you are more likely to make it happen. Adding your tee times to your personal calendar will allow you to track your progress as the weeks tick by.

Be realistic. If you are already a busy bee, consider what you can drop and swap for time on the greens instead. Also, if you are not a morning person, or you are tuckered out by late afternoon, stick within your optimal performance zones to minimize your frustration with your game.

Strive to improve. Even if you are just into golf for the social aspect, you will likely enjoy your time on the course more if you are seeing progress in your swing, accuracy, chipping and putting. It's never too late to become a student of the game by taking lessons, clinics, or even watching the myriad of instructional YouTube videos by well-respected and experienced golf coaches. If you are open to feedback, as your fellow members that you are playing your rounds with for their best tips.

Play mindfully. Golf is almost a Zen-like experience when you are laser-focused on the printing on the ball at the tee box, keeping your head down, and taking your shot. You are so in the moment, and what's on your to-do list and your worries can take a back seat. Breathe in and breathe out and enjoy the fresh air and be happy with yourself for taking time for self-care in the serene outdoor environment that The Club at Olde Cypress offers.