Goal Setting

Coach18 helps set goals for the player!  

Lowering your score is the ultimate goal in golf.  Breaking 90, 80 or shooting par. Maybe it’s winning the Club Championship or a local tournament; or maybe qualifying for a big tournament.  No matter what, golf always has a goal at the end of the round. I’ve also found that writing your goals out and keeping them close helps. Emmitt Smith, running back for the Dallas Cowboys and all-time leading rusher in the NFL, said his high school coach told him, “It’s a dream until you write it down, then it’s a goal.”  Emmitt wrote his goals every year! Write down your goals!

I do understand the importance of the long game.  I coach many students each year and I understand the game.  You must get the ball in play and down the fairway for a good game to happen.  The long game I do feel comes and goes over a stretch of time. Sometimes daily, weekly, monthly and even longer.  You will have great days and poor days of striking the ball.

But the short game I feel can always hold you together.   Making a clutch breaking putt from 6 feet, chipping it tap in from 60 feet and pitching over a bunker to kick in length is fun.  It also destroys opponents. Having the proper touch inside a 100 yards is critical for good scores to happen. The golf touch quality can always be there with focus and help you save an important round.  So now comes short game work and getting the student to change their philosophy to this part of the game, and this is not easy. Helping them to see their deficiency is easy but denial steps in and they refuse to take ownership of their short game.

Coach18 is geared for working on the short game and helping make this practice more fun to do.  What is the short game? It’s learning to hit the golf ball different distances and trajectories with accuracy.  Whether it’s a putt, chip or pitch shot, you must learn to hit the ball pin high! Laying out 18 balls in assorted piles at different distances is what practicing the short game is about.   And, this is the part of the game that helps to lower the golf score the quickest.

In my coaching sessions I noticed I was not getting the practice time put in from my students.

I would inform them to work on their short game shots but I could tell the time spent was minimal.  I was not seeing the results I wanted to see when the students were coming back for sessions. 

I decided to start giving the students goals of how many shots I wanted to be struck.  Daily, weekly and so on. 90 putts, chips, pitches per day or at least a few times per week.  Maybe more or less with the aspect that was lagging behind. I could tell this was helping, especially with the students who were doing the shots.  How could I tell? Their scores were going down! So now I needed something to help them do this more. I needed to personalize their practice.


Coach18 was developed to make short game practice easier and efficient for the golfer. Now I could set goals for the student.  The goal could be putts, chips, pitches and bunker. After 18 shots it was a good break for the student to round up the balls and move to another shot.  Soon I was seeing the students spending more time on shots they seldom practiced.    

It’s been my observation over the years and today as a college coach that getting students to work hard at this game is the hardest part of coaching.  Younger players today simply do not put the time in needed to become a good player. And very few even come close to becoming a great player! Yes, there are a few that do, but the majority do just enough and try to get by.   And yes, they get upset when things don’t go their way. Young players today want immediate satisfaction with the least amount of effort given.  

The game of golf is hard.  Very hard to become very good at.  It takes more work and time than what the average person wants to do.  Coach18 helps to alleviate this and make practice time more beneficial and fun.

Write down your goals and get to work with a Coach18.  Your scores will drop and your fundamentals will grow in your game.

Butch Haverland