The countdown to Christmas is traditionally a time to look back on the year gone by – and in 2016, one of my personal highlights was continuing to work with promising young golfer, Jake Whelan from Newlands Golf Club.
Jake enjoyed a tremendous year that saw him top the Leinster Under-21 Order of Merit with a fantastic 120 points – a full 50 ahead of his nearest rival, Conor Purcell from Portmarnock.
He achieved this by finishing as runner-up in both the Leinster Youths Open and Ulster Youths Open, by making the semi-finals of the Irish Amateur Close at Ballyliffin, and the last 16 of the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.
Bad habits are notoriously hard to break – and this is the time when many golfers develop bad habits that will affect their game right throughout the following year.
The bad habits come from how the weather conditions and lack of daylight see many golfers heading for the driving range during the winter, instead of playing a round like they do on summer evenings or weekends.
While the driving range can be a great way to stay on top of your game, it can also be a way to damage it – because if a small mistake or bad habit begins to creep into your swing, it gets replicated far more often and far more quickly than would normally be the case.