Five questions to ask yourself when setting goals

by Jordan on August 8, 2011

Here’s 5 ways to better goal setting

Aimlessly hoping to get better is not smart.

You have to have a direction in mind.

And no, just saying you want to be an eight handicap is good enough.


There are five questions you need to ask yourself when setting goals.

These five things will allow you to improve with more focus and attention so read on to discover what they are.

Five Ways To Better Goals

Learning how to set goals in golf starts with five things.

You have to make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based.

You say you want to get better. But unless you set out some goals, you’ve got little chance.

This is a sport that requires a lot of dedication and focus. It’s not a sport where you just so happen to get good at if you spent a lot of time doing it.

Practicing alone isn’t enough.

I talk to players all the time. I hear from many of them that they want to improve. Awesome! A few problems though. They never set out clear goals or act on those goals.

And they definitely do not think about their goals in a positive way.

Get The Concrete Mixer Out

Today I want to talk about how to make your goals more concrete.

Goals are good because they keep us focused and motivated. When I started to take the game seriously I created goals for myself realizing that I needed some direction with my improvement.

Today I make it a point to sit down with every new student prior to a lesson and go over some goals they have.

After they have stated their goals I ask them if they’re SMART.

I get a very odd reaction from my students when I ask that!  Smart is an acronym of the five things your goal should have.

Specific – Is this goal clear?

Measurable – Can you objectively prove that you have met this goal?

Adjustable – If you achieve this goal sooner than anticipated, can you increase the intensity of the goals or does it need to be scaled down to be more realistic?

Realistic – Do you REALLY believe that you can do this?

Time-Based – Have you set a date which you can honestly measure against to see that you have met the goal?

Here is an example of a SMART goal.

“I want to lower my handicap from 26 to 22 by July 22, 2012, to 19 by September 22, 2012.  This goal is SMART because it is:

Specific -It states exactly what the player wants to achieve.

Measurable – It can be calculated thanks to handicap scoring systems all over the world.

Adjustable – It can be reset if necessary.

Realistic -It is a realistic objective given the fact that this player practices and plays quite often.

Time-Based – The dates are very specific.

SMART goals can be applied to our regular lives at home or at work.  Take some time to set out some goals using this method and I guarantee with commitment these goals will be achieved and your confidence will SOAR on and off the course!

Be sure to check back this week as I will be talking about how to apply action to getting better along with ways to positively affirm your goals.

What Do You Think

Looking back have your goals been SMART?


Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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