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The off-season brings change

The Grateful Golfer:

I have followed mindbodygolf for quite some time. I have found that Rick always provides unique views on the many and varied aspects of golf. He is one of the original followers of The Grateful Golfer blog and I am grateful for his continuing support. He has had a tough year, but always has time for fellow golfers. He is correct that the off-season does bring changes for everyone. So I am sending positive thoughts his way to support him after 3 knee surgeries. I hope you enjoy his blog as much as I do.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Originally posted on mindbodygolf:

It’s been a over a year since my last true round of golf. 3 knee surgeries.

New discoveries and journeys. This winter will bring a big one concerning this blog and my website. I’m quite excited for the possibilities.

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Stay tuned, keep checking in. Drop me a message. Tell me what resonates with you. Be well, and stay curious to the possibilities. I’ll continue to enjoy the quiet when I can.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate the awesome things in our lives. Many people will travel long distances to share this fun holiday with family and friends. Personally, I like Thanksgiving because of the friendships, joy and love that is passed freely among best friends, family, old acquaintances and people you have not met yet.

By reflecting quietly, we realize how grateful we are for all those who have touched our lives. Some times it is an encouraging word from a stranger, that unexpected phone call, or the wanted call from someone you are missing. I especially like a tweet I received for Chris Squires, it about sums up how I feel:

I know that Thanksgiving is not solely a North American holiday. It is celebrated throughout the world and if you were wondering how, here are a couple of links to explain the significance of Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving is a special day. I wish you and your family all the best on this day of thanks! And if all else fails, remember:

 

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I am a grateful golfer giving thanks!

Golf Report Card From 2014

Back in April, I reaffirmed a plan for my 2014 golf season. The intent was to improve my overall game to help achieve my goal of being a scratch golfer. My plan was met with varying success; so I thought I would share the goods, bads and uglies with you.

I have four main focus areas that help guide every golf season. With a plan in place, I am usually ready for anything on the links. Here is my plan:

  • get fit – focus on exercises designed to improve my golf game;
  • research – the drills and techniques required to improve my game;
  • practice – dedicate time to practice to improve my game; and
  • compete – either formally or informally compete every time I hit the links.
The Grateful Golfer in 2014!

The Grateful Golfer in 2014!

Well I can say that my overall fitness for the golf season was pretty good. I felt strong during most rounds and rarely waned heading down the home stretch. I could have improved on my physical strength, but that is what this off-season is for. I would rate my fitness a B+.

My research on drills and techniques continued all season. I improved my chipping, widened my stance, and found better methods to score low. I have shared these tips and drills through the year in my blog, and they might be worth taking a look at. Interestingly, I improved more in the last two months of the season because I started hitting the ball farther off the tee. I will continue researching better ways to improve this area this winter. I would rate my research as a solid A.

Practicing was up and down this year. I started off extremely strong, but slowed during various times in the season. When I did practice, I felt rushed and unfocused. I write about practicing with intent all the time and should heed my own advice. I would rate my practice as a C+.

I did compete a bit this year, but mostly in fun tournaments. This type of competition is not good for my competitive edge, but it is competition. I played in 2 stroke events and was underwhelming. My competitive edge was not as sharp as in years past, but keep in mind that my criticism is relative to my handicap. I would rate my competitive edge as a B.

So overall, my season was about average for sticking to my plan. It is amazing how quickly the season passed and by not staying focused, I think that I missed some opportunities to improve. However, the most surprising aspect of my entire 2014 golf season is that I dropped my handicap from 4.7 to 2.8!

Wait, before you say not nice things to me, I cannot believe it either. I had a 4 week period where I could do nothing wrong and I actually broke par once. From a pure handicap perspective, 2014 was a fantastic season.

Hopefully, I will build on my successes from this year and achieve my overall goal of being a scratch golfer.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!