Goal Setting 101: Dealing With the Fact You Will Probably Never Win On TGCTours

The leaderboard each week can be depressing. Even those times where you shot the lights out in a TGCTours tournament, it is disheartening to see that your absolute best is still 20 shots worse than the guy that won. The PGA, Euro (and even the Web), it has gotten to the point where if you are not shooting in the 54-62 range every round, you don’t stand a chance at winning one of those little virtual trophies. Making a par feels like making a bogey…and let’s not even talk about how we feel when we par an easy par 5 once or twice. For 95% of us on this site..we will never win. Each week, we will go in fresh, thinking “maybe this time!”..but it won’t happen. For many of us, our best just isn’t good enough..and those 20 or so “elite” players will keep racking up those little virtual trophies. A bit depressing, no? So why bother, some may say? I have seen lots of negativity in the forums lately of players tired of seeing ultra low scores..and disappointed with shooting 63 and considering taking a break, or quitting TGC all together. I’ll admit, I get frustrated with rounds many would consider to be excellent..but I’ve never thought of quitting. I have come to the realization that I will never win on TGCTours. I have come to terms with it. I think some of us need to set more realistic expectations each week.


With that out of the way, let’s talk goal setting. What are your short term goals each week? What is your long term season goal? Do you have any? Please post them in the comments. Here are mine.


Week to Week Goals:

  1. Confident Goal: Make the cut. (Currently at 100% in Season 2)
  2. Hopeful Goal: A top 25 finish (So far only 1 for 4 on this…a goal that is attainable for me, but not every week)
  3. Dream Goal: To see my name on the first page of the leaderboard at the end of a tournament (Happened once last year, but that’s it)

Long Term Goals:

1. Confident Goal: Be within the Top 100 in the WGR at the end of the year (already sitting at 102, very realistic possibility)

2. Hopeful Goal: Destroy Keith Callahan (HB Keith) (We had a season long contest last year where he beat me by ONE spot on the WGR..we have picked up where we left off this season and I’m off to the early lead..I think I’m up by 3 or 4. I HIGHLY suggest you pick a rival and focus on finishing ahead of them each week, makes things much more interesting than just worrying about the top of the leaderboard.)

3. Dream Goal: Finish Top 50 in all 4 majors this year (this will be tough considering all the great talent here, but not completely out of the question).


Just remember..it’s a game..we’re all not going to win..make some goals and have fun.



  1. Bob Balzhiser on November 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    These points are very good and mirror a lot of what I go through every week. I have short term goals and long term goals. I have tailored my long term goal to include conservative (Make the Top 100 WGR by the end of season two), and aggressive (make the Top 100 WGR by the end of calendar year 2015.

    Having a rival, or a range of rivals to compete with is very healthy. It helps one to focus and want to one-up the other guy(s) whether we are near the top or 10 strokes back.

    Getting discouraged doesn’t help with the psyche. Concentrating on improving a part or parts of your game helps in the larger picture. Do not be afraid to admit a weakness in your game and to address it. Mine is chipping. I have improved since the C.I.M.B. event in week three, but I still need more work, and I continue to work on it.

    My goals?

    Short term:
    -Improve almost every week in WGR
    -Top 100 is a big goal for me.

    Week to week goals:
    -Make the cut is number one. Have to bring it from hole #1.
    -Top 25s are my barometer. I make more than not, but they are by any means a given on the PGA (my tour), so one has to work for it.
    -Be consistent. Ignore those poor or bad holes. When the next hole comes around, the very next tee shot is all that matters whether you just got a double bogey or an eagle. Play one shot at a time. This is harder that it seems.

    Long Term Goals:

    Confident goals: Make the Top 100. I feel I will get there eventually, its just a matter of when. Top 75 is a more distant and more challenging goal to tackle deeper within season two, but I think I am capable.

    Hopeful Goal: Make as many WGR and Major fields as I can. I will hopefully enter the realm of invites sooner than later. While I may not make all the big fields, I am trying to make as many as I can.

    Dream Goal(s): Sneak in a win on the PGA. Top ten in a Major. Top 50 by the end of season two.

    I have True-Sim goals, but the tour is still new, so its hard to know just yet what to expect both from myself and from others.

  2. Bryan Boomer on November 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I have set some rather lofty goals, I agree with your comments except for a couple. I believe you will get that top 100 sooner rather than later, less than 2 weeks I predict. Keith Callahan has been going the other way, must be a secret beta he’s playing.

    Calyhugga or something like that made me realize my short game was not up to snuff, I fixed that.

    My putting sucked, I fixed that with some new aiming methods and plenty more practice.

    I try and set lofty goals, but try really hard not to get upset if I shoot lights outs and still get beat. I focus one 1 area at a time and try and improve and practice in that area. I realized recently that I was not getting anywhere near the top players in getting very close to the hole. I have been fixing that this past week, and I’m very much looking forward to the next 2 weeks.

    Bottom line, it does not concern plenty of players if they win or not, me I want to win, I want to win at the highest level, I will win at the highest level, when I don’t win, I will figure out why and what needs fixin and fix it and be right back there on the tee the very next week.

    I also think for anyone wanting to win, in addition to above, stick with the format you want to win at and focus on that. Play the hardest conditions, figure out how to play on the hardest courses, with the hardest conditions, it makes those low wind birdie fests that much easier.

    Good luck everyone with your goals.

    Bryan Boomer

  3. Irving R. Levine on November 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I have three goals for this year:

    1. Piss off Bryan Boomer.

    2. Piss off Bob Balzheiser.

    3. Piss off Elz 41.

    The problem is I met all of those after week one.

  4. Paul Seldon on November 13, 2015 at 5:41 am

    My goal… simple. To get where YOU are.. just a thought 🙂

  5. Jacko on November 13, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Am I alone in thinking that EVERYONE has the potential to win?

    This isn’t real golf, there’s not a great deal of natural talent or hand eye coordination or feel needed to go low. In fact we’ve all shot a 55/56/57 at some point. Repeating it often enough to win is all about practice and concentration.

    I see lots of people on the forums talk themselves out of competing before stepping onto the first tee, others make the same mistakes time after time and then wonder why they can’t compete.

    Instead of saying “How do the top guys do that” they should be learning how to do it themselves which is entirely possible. We all have the ability to flick a little bit of plastic back and forth, the rest of it is just Maths.

    As for goal setting, i think having some goals for the season keeps you focussed even if not having a good week. For instance, finishing 17th instead of 30th one week might be the difference between making the Ryder Cup Team or not.

    But from week to week, the target is simple – go as low as possible and one week it maybe, just maybe, be lower than everyone else.

  6. Ray on November 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

    My main goal at the moment is to shoot a -8 per round. I just take it one hole at a time…but strangely I find myself wishing that I could add spin to the ball while it’s in flight.

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