20 for 20: 20 broken New Year’s golf resolutions from 2020

As 2020 comes to a close and we turn the page to 2021, GOLF staffers are taking a minute to reflect on … whatever they want. Welcome to 20 for 20.

What is a New Year’s resolution but a well-intentioned promise, destined to be broken?

As someone whose follow-through in life is nearly as poor as it is with his driver, I have a lengthy history of not making good on those annual vows. This year was no different. As evidence, I give you the 20 golf-related pledges I made to myself at the start of 2020, every single one of which has gone unfulfilled. My goal for 2021? This list, again.

20 broken New Year’s golf resolutions from 2020

1. To stop asking random people for swing tips.

2. To stop offering swing tips to random people.

3. To practice once a week.

4. To buy a round for the house.

5. To play in the city championship.

6. To adopt a stretching routine.

7. To get back to Cruden Bay.

8. To play in the Bandon Dunes dawn-to-dark summer solstice event.

9. To quote Caddyshack a little less often.

10. To be the ball.

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11. To swing with conviction, every single time, without the slightest worry about the results.

12. To get my kids into golf (I tried, seriously, I did).

13. To stop talking to my partner’s golf ball.

14. To stop promising to stop talking to my partner’s ball because, really, what does it hurt if I talk to a golf ball?

15. To tell someone who gets mad when I talk to their golf ball that they are being completely insane.

16. To install a backyard putting green.

17. To install an indoor hitting bay.

18. To never, ever make excuses for my game.

19. To play in an LPGA pro-am.

20. To recognize, finally, after 21 years of marriage, that my wife is not the slightest bit interested in hearing about my golf game, and to act accordingly.

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A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes across all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.