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Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you made your journey into 2010 without any hangovers or other such downers. A new year comes only once a year, and it would be a shame to ruin it so soon. ;-D

Of course, on New Year's Day it's customary to make


a weighty undertaking appropriately festooned here in ALL CAPS and assorted font decorations. (I considered changing the font size as well, but too much is just too much.) Granted, most of them don't last a month; as my "Thought for the Day" calendar suggests, "A New Year's Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." Still, it's useful to think about what you'd like to accomplish over the coming year.

So what am I thinking about doing here at Ruthless Golf?

I started this blog with the idea that weekend golfers can play much better than they do. They don't necessarily need more practice; someone once described insanity as doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. I think we can play better if we just understand what we're trying to do. That hasn't changed.

In yesterday's post, I said that if you can hit 67% of your fairways, 67% of your greens in regulation, and then get up-and-down 67% of the time when you miss the green, you're doing better than the average Tour player. I've decided that's a good goal for this year: I'm going to try and give you the tools to do just that.

In our pursuit of this goal (and in keeping with my belief that there's more than one way to get the job done), I'll try to show you some of the many ways to get in shape for golf (you don't have to lift weights), some shortcuts to get better results faster from your practice, and the "what and why" behind what you're trying to do out there on the course. I want you to learn the truth of what they used to say on the Saturday morning Schoolhouse Rock cartoons: "Knowledge is power!"

Since most people start their year with a load of fitness resolutions (after all, it's too cold to play in most places), tomorrow we'll start looking at the variety of ways you can get yourself in shape to play better golf. When we're done, you'll not only have a choice of exercise techniques (one of which is sure to suit you), you'll also be able to mix them up so you don't get bored doing the same thing day after day.

Welcome to 2010, folks!


  1. I like it Mike! Looking forward to the tips. Here's to a great 2010!

    John Heringer

  2. Thanks, John. Let me know when your site is up and running.