My name is Henry Stetina and I am a lifelong golfer who, for the past few years, has lost the drive to practice and play. As a full time teaching professional, I am around golf on a daily basis and have a strong passion for the game. I've just lost interest in keeping up with my own game and I am ready to change that. I want to develop a habit for playing and practicing and ultimately re-kindle my love for the game.
I think part of the reason that I haven't practiced nor played like I once did has to do with the fact that I have a full time job and I am raising a family; and I can live with that. The part that I find more troublesome is that I've often attached my self-worth to my golf scores. Having less time to play and practice has naturally lead to worse scores and ultimately feeling less of myself. While this may seem silly to some, I have found it fairly common among the players that I've coached, especially lower handicapped players and college-aged golfers.
I created SWING60 to regain my love for the game
and I am inviting you to join me.
SWING60 is a 60-day challenge in which participants practice for 60 minutes per day. The purpose isn't to shoot a career round, win an event, or even lower one's handicap. The purpose of SWING60 is to discipline one's mind to embrace the process of improvement and to detach from the results. It's about finding joy in the journey more so than in the destination. It's about loving the game of golf for what it truly is, a game.
The pilot program for SWING60 will begin on June 1, 2021. I will send an email each week with updates on my progress and tips and drills for improving your practice, whether it be at home or at the course. Either form of practice is fine, as long as you have a club in your hand and use it productively for 60 minutes per day.
The program is as follows (with no exceptions):
• 20 Minutes Putting
• 10 Minutes Chipping
• 10 Minutes Pitching
• 20 Minutes Full Swing
• Read 10 Pages of a Book
• Swing Meditation
• GPR Journal
• Accountability Post
You are to complete the 60-minute practice session as listed above, but you have the option to complete it at home or at the golf course. You can practice longer in any of the areas, but you cannot practice for a shorter amount of time. For instance, you cannot substitute 30 minutes of full swing for only 10 minutes of putting. The point is to create a well-rounded practice session and target all aspects of the game. You can however practice up and downs for 40 minutes and combine putting, chipping, and pitching. Just be sure to practice an equal amount of chips as you do pitches. What's the difference between a chip and pitch, you might ask? A chip is a shot that spends more time on the ground than it does in the air, whereas a pitch is a shot that spends more time in the air than it does on the ground.
Reading on a daily basis is a proven habit of successful people. There are lots of great books on the mental game of golf that will bring value to your journey on and off the golf course. The book must be on the mental game and not on golf swing instruction.
The swing meditation is a specific type of meditation where a player visualize the intended movement of the golf club and/or ball as it relates to the target. Such visualization can be from first person or third person. An example is visualizing the intended ball flight and then the swing to which is needed to produce such ball flight. Technically, you should be doing this prior to and during every shot that you play.
The GPR Journal stands for Gratitude, Progress, and Reflection.
▪ In the morning, identify the three things that you are grateful for.
▪ Throughout the day, identify three areas to which you have made progress.
▪ In the evening, reflect on three areas to which can be improved.
Document each in your GPR Journal.
Conclude each day by making a post to social media (IG of FB Stories is fine) with a photo or video of your practice session and the hashtag #SWING60 as a way of holding yourself accountable for completing the program (feel free to tag me @henrystetinagolf so I can be part of your journey as well). The accountability post is your way of telling people (and yourself) that you accomplished what you set out to accomplish for that day.
All in all, this is a a personal quest to regain my love for the game. I've seen this type of a program work for me in the past, so I am confident that it will work for me again. I am excited that you have decided to join me on this journey, and I look forward to your feedback along the way.
Good luck and I will see you out there!
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