Today marks my official count down to golf season in Northern Ontario! I usually use 15 April as my target date for the opening of the golf courses in my area. Sometimes the courses open earlier (like last year – 3 April) and the odd time later (two years ago 21 April). Regardless, it is now time to start preparing for success.
I have all the equipment I need for this year – thanks Santa! I purchased a new driver and three wood. Both are Callaway Razor Fit. Not the extreme, but last years model. I know it sounds crazy, but I prefer purchasing last years technology and paying a quarter of the price. We shall see how my strategy works out. I have a new carry bag, golf balls, and shoes. Needless to say, I am ready.
I start to make my goals list for this year. For example, last year I wanted to break par at least once. I wanted a hole-in-one. I wanted to improve my greens in regulation stat. Finally, I wanted to play in 3 stroke play tournaments. I achieved all my goals except the last one. Stroke play tournaments are becoming rarer and rarer. I have not made my list for this year yet, but when I do I will be sure to share.
I start my focused training program. At this stage, it is mostly stretching. Some may say it is a bit early, but I have found that I as I get older it takes me longer to get ready. Besides, stretching has other health benefits that I like. Additionally, I focus my weight and aerobics training. There are certain exercises that will improve my swing. Again, I will share when I figure out what I am doing.
Lastly, I look to see which course I want to play the most. I always try to play at least 60 rounds home and 20 rounds away from my home course. I have 5 options in my area and each course offers something unique. The course I played last year was awesome. It allowed early birds, walk ons and the owner always stopped to talk to me. If I get a membership again, I am leaning towards the same course. But, this will not stop me from doing my cost comparison.
Well my yearly ritual always starts around this time. I am really looking forward to another season. I am a grateful golfer.
When do you start preparing for golf season?