A very simple way to see what the ‘state of affairs’ your golf game is in is to track your round on your score card. Those extra lines for the other players is a perfect spot to chart whether you hit the fairway, hit the green in regulation, and record how many putts you took on each hole. It will give you an indication of where your game is strong and where it needs work. A simple checkmark system for ‘F-G-P’ (hit fairway-green in regulation-number of putts) is fast and simple, and you can get even more information by creating your own system of using arrows or letters to indicate which way you were hitting the ball, whether hitting it short or long, hooking or slicing, etc. Don’t be distracted by your charting during the round, but instead simply and quickly record the events of the hole while writing down your score and then move your attention to the most important shot in golf… the next one. When the round is finished take some time to evaluate where things went wrong and remember to give yourself credit for what you were doing well that day. The next thing of course is to get to the range and practice!