Tons of golfers make one massive mistake when their rounds are over. Let me show you what top players are doing and how this habit can change your game.
Every round you play has tons of clues on how to take your game to the next level.
But most golfers don't take any time to analyze what happened.
Going through a post-round review for 5-10 minutes is incredibly important. Let me give you some ideas on how to do it...
The best way is to ask yourself a series of questions. Go through different parts of my game and look for trends.
Was something making me uncomfortable?
Do you need to work on it during your next practice session?
Here are five questions to get you started:
1) How was your overall experience?
I always want to check in and see if I had fun.
Can I relive some of my great shots?
If the round was a slog, what was the cause? Were my expectations out of line?
2) Were there any ball-striking issues that must be addressed in practice?
I always check in with "The Big Three"
- Strike Location
- Ground Contact
- Face Control
For example, I might notice my drives were missing right all day. Perhaps the sign of an open clubface.
Or I might see that my irons or wedges were a bit thin, and I wasn't getting crisp ground contact.
Start going through your bag and see if anything stuck out. Use that information for your next practice session.
3) How were my strategic decisions?
Was I disciplined, and did I stick with the plan?
Or did I lose focus and not pick optimal targets on certain shots?
Did I miss something, like factoring in the wind or an elevation change?
Any trends - like missing greens short?
4) How was my process before each shot?
Was I committed? Or did I struggle standing over the ball?
Did I notice anything change based on how the round went, like speeding up too much or slowing down?
5) How was my grit?
Was I able to keep my focus on the task at hand?
Did I get frustrated? Let emotions take over?
These are just some ideas to get you started.
The questions can change, but you want to undergo some process to internalize your good moments.
Also, you want to see what you could have improved upon in a non-judgemental, analytical way.