Golf season is officially here! Yesterday I hit the range and it was awesome. My wife joined me to make the start of the 2016 golf season more special. The sun was shining, the wind was down and my expectations were very low!
Yes, my expectations were very low. Each year, I try to start fast because of the short playing season in Canada. However this year, using my plan I stated yesterday, I have decided to start my golf season with the proper expectations! There is a difference between starting quick and starting right. This year, I am going the take the right path because I think it will pay off more dividends in the long run.
The range my wife and I like to use is located at the Quinte Hills Golf Course. It is a fairly new track with plenty of potential. They opened the range a day earlier than the course and my wife and I took advantage of this great opportunity.
We decided to share a large bucket of balls (about 100 balls) because hitting too many balls on our first time out generally leaves us sore the next day. This is not the case today. We both feel great. As we set ourselves up on the range, I selected my favorite club – my 7-iron. It is the club I am most confident with and usually have the best results. I was not disappointed with my choice!
After about 40 minutes hitting balls, we made our way over to the chipping and putting green. We spent about 20 minutes putting and chipping before calling it a day. We both walked away from the range satisfied that our first outing was very successful.
While on the range, I worked on absolutely nothing. Well that is not true, but I will get to that in a minute. What I mean to say, is that I had no expectations about the quality of my shots, making solid contact, or whether my swing was anywhere near mid-season form.
The only expectation was to enjoy the moment while practicing for the first time outdoors in 2016. I reveled in the sunlight, drew in many deep breaths and just enjoyed being. I talk about being a grateful golfer often and yesterday was all about that; being grateful! I decided that this year I will spend more time enjoying the moment; this does not mean I will not focus on improving my game, but I intend to enjoy the journey more than in previous years.
Earlier I said I did not work on anything, well I did work on caring for the driving range. Being early in the season, the grass is just starting to grow and if we do not care for it now, it will quickly become a poor practice facility.
Yesterday a was fantastic day on the range, I enjoyed the moment and was very grateful. Have you hit the range this year? If so, how was it?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!