The 2016 golf season is over. The Ryder Cup was a fitting way to end a great year. We lost a giant in Arnold Palmer. Dustin Johnson and Brooke Henderson finally had their break out season that was expected by all. And Rory McIlroy salvaged his season by winning the FedEx Cup. But, professional golf is not the only thing happening in the golfing world.
Many amateurs, including myself, hit the links as often as possible in attempts to shoot their lowest score ever. Others decided that having fun and not keeping score was the way to play. And yet, a final group just hit the ball and enjoyed being on the links. Unfortunately, their golf season is also ending. For those of us in the northern clime and now is the time for introspection.
About this time every year, I take a couple of weeks to assess my results and goals of my previous playing season. I also try to develop an off-season plan to prepare for next year. This habit helps keep me focused on my goal of being a scratch golfer and still enjoy all things golf.
Fundamentally, I have to determine if golf will remain my primary focus in the upcoming summer months. As my wife continues to take up golf, I can see a shift in my attitude from constantly trying to improve, to enjoy playing golf with my best friend. Fortunately, this decision does not have to be made for some time.
As I creep up in age, some of my goals may have to be modified because of physical limitations. Fortunately, I am not quite at that stage of my life, but it is something I must consider moving forward. For now, I will continue to train and or exercise everyday. One of the fun things we like to do in the winter is snowshoe, it is completely different from hitting the gym, but offers a fantastic workout.
I look at my equipment. Do I need anything new? Am I ready for a change? Does something need replacing? All of these questions and more will be addressed over the next few months.
Lastly, what areas of education, knowledge, or skill do I need to expand? I will definitely increase my understanding of the game, however which specific areas is yet to be determined. This is one of the more enjoyable aspects of the off-season because I actually have the time to devote to being a more knowledgeable golfer.
There you have it; I have some thinking to do before I can develop a training plan for the long cold winter. I do look forward to this every year and recently my focused approach has paid off. I wonder if this year will be the same!
Do you approach your off-season in a similar way?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!