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Improve your golf game by setting achievable, measurable goals

Special to the Bonanza

If you set too many goals for yourself, it is counterproductive and you may lose focus on what you’re working toward.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Golf season is around the corner and there is no better time than now to get your 2015 golf goals in place.

Too often, we see golfers swinging a golf club with no intention or simply banging balls on the driving range.

Purely repeating a motion isn't practice, but purposeful practice becomes effective with goals. These goals must be meaningful, achievable and measurable.

Meaningful goals are targets that you believe will guide you to success. If you know that the weakness in your golf game is too many 3-putts, then your meaningful goal would be to practice putting 2 out of the 3 hours you spend at a practice facility.

Achievable goals are goals you are able to attain. There are two important things to consider with achievable goals.

1. Your goal must be realistic with your golf ability and physical condition. As much as we would like to hit the golf ball as far as Rory McIlroy, most will never obtain that level of distance regardless of how often we practice.

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2. Be sure to make your goals measurable to ensure you know when you have met your desired level. A good goal for most golfers would be to become a better wedge player. Set a comparable statistic, such as you get "up and down" 25 percent of the time. Set your goal to be 50 percent for the next couple rounds and see how you measure throughout time.

The most important thing to consider when composing your golf goals this season is to never set more than three goals at a time.

If you set too many goals for yourself, it is counterproductive and you may lose focus on what you're working toward.

If you follow these simple steps of developing meaningful, achievable, and measurable goals you have set yourself up for success.

Get a head start on improving your game by practicing your goals at the Driving Range, which is now open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"IVGID Tip" is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Michael McCloskey, Senior Head Golf Professional at The Golf Courses at Incline Village.