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Top 100 Teacher Ted Sheftic's Nine New Year's Resolutions for 2013

Resolve_tedsheftic1. PROMISE TO SEE YOUR PGA INSTRUCTOR EARLY IN THE YEAR—Come to
your lesson with some goals of your own and work out a measurable plan
to reach them. It could be swing or short-game fixes, or you might need
some new equipment. Work out a plan with your pro. 2. PROMISE TO PRACTICE WITH A PURPOSE—Rather than simply hitting balls
aimlessly,  practice with focus. Practice that
swing fix you worked on in your lesson, hit to specific targets, and play
"practice" holes by switching clubs and changing
targets.

3. PROMISE TO WORK ON YOUR SHORT GAME—The quickest way to lower
scores! Ask your pro for suggestions, and then play putting,
chipping, and bunker games to simulate real golf situations. Again,
change clubs and targets. Play some of these fun games with
your buddies.

4. PROMISE TO DEVELOP AND MASTER A CONSISTENT PRE-SHOT ROUTINE—A great
routine keeps your mind focused, positive, and relaxed, allowing your
body to perform properly under pressure. This routine will help you
concentrate on targets and tempo, rather than
mechanical or negative thoughts.

5. PROMISE TO STAY PRESENT ON THE COURSE—Vow not to fret over a
bad shot, worry about your work or family, or think about your score.
Your consistent pre-shot routine helps you to stay present. Deep
breathing and other relaxation techniques are also
helpful to keep you grounded in the present moment.
 
6. PROMISE TO STAY POSITIVE OR NEUTRAL AFTER EACH SHOT—This
combines with Resolution #5. After each shot, you have five seconds to
react and move on to the next one. If the shot turned out great, put the
shot in your visual and feel memory bank. If the
shot wasn't what you wanted, make a fist, count to five, open your
fist, and release the tension. Let the last shot go. Go find your ball
and embrace the challenge of hitting the next one.

7. PROMISE TO BECOME FITTER AND EAT RIGHT IN 2013—This is a great resolution for life in general, not just golf!

8. PROMISE TO HAVE MORE FUN AT THE GOLF COURSE—Sure, golf can be
challenging and frustrating at times, but remember it is a game that is
meant to be fun. With the right attitude, there is no better stress
relief and relaxation. This leads to the next and
final resolution.

9. PROMISE TO APPRECIATE THE JOYS OF GOLF—Hanging out with friends and
family, enjoying the beauties of nature, celebrating the surprise of
holing that 50-foot double breaker, appreciating the gift of being alive
and able to enjoy this amazing game! These
are just some of the numerous joys of Golf!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! SEE YOU ON
THE COURSE!!!!!
—Ted Sheftic, Bridges Golf Club, Abbottstown, Pa.
(Photo by Angus Murray for Golf Magazine)

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