Golf or not to golf is not really a question most avid players need to answer. A raised eyebrow or puzzled look is really all that is required to send the appropriate message. However, there are times in the season when I have to ask myself whether to hit the links or not.
This question is usually driven by two possible influences: live events and over golfing! The first is a no brainer and I to make a list of life events that would prevent me from golfing is a waste of your time! However, over golfing is a real concern for most avid players. Being able to identify the symptoms is the real key to preventing your game from going stale.
About twice a year I reach a limit of golf where I question if heading the links is worth it. Generally, this odd feeling is accompanied by obvious in symptoms that I am oblivious too at the time. These symptoms are not time dependent, but related more to the emotional response from hitting the links more that normal.
I am not sure how these feelings manifest in you, but mine are pretty straight forward. Once I reach this state of apathy, I generally need about 4 days to a week away from the sticks to get over it. Here is what I normally observe when I need a break:
- Yard work is more appealing that golfing
- It is a bit of a hassle to get my golfing stuff together
- When playing, I am ennui about golf
- I do not want to practice
- I see if here are other options when someone asks if I want to play golf
- My short game has already gone on vacation
- I have difficulty reading putts
- I do not have the same feeling of excitement as I drive to the course
I am pretty sure that most players feel like they need a break during the golf season. Although my golf season is only about 6 or 7 months, I still need a couple of breaks to revitalize my game. I strive for 80 rounds a year and somewhere in that time my game does get stale.
After taking a few days away from my game, I feel revitalized, focused and driven to play great golf. So far, I am have not experienced ennui on the course and hopefully my desire to improve my game continues to grow until I become a scratch golfer.
Do you need a break during the golf season? Do you know your symptoms of when it is time to go fishing?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!