As the trees change colour and temperatures start to drop, it is time to make a change in my golf game. It is a yearly event that I look forward too because it offers me an increased in freedom of movement when looping the course. Yes, you guessed it, it is time to change from my push cart to my carry bag. Even though I am getting a bit older, I still enjoy carrying my clubs. As a matter of fact, I prefer to carry my clubs and always have!
Carrying clubs is faster and allows a player the opportunity acquire a better feel for the round they are playing. There are no restrictions on where you can walk and your clubs are always with you if you want to change your club selection. I carry my clubs early in the morning, on cool days and non-competitive rounds. This is the majority of the time I spend on the links and thus I like to carry my clubs more often than not.
There are some minor limitations to carrying such as lightening the load by taking out the extra stuff from my bag. I will not carry extra things like ball makers, sunscreen, towels, more than a dozen golf balls and umbrella if I can avoid it. I like to take out extra weight especially when I first start carrying after months of pushing my clubs.
I feel more in touch with my game when carrying. I am not really sure why, but I feel like I have a sharper focus on course management. Maybe it is to save some steps, but I pick better targets, play the course smarter, and create a stronger connection to my overall game. I realize that this is all mental and a perceived improvement, however you know the old saying: perception is reality. So, by carrying, my game will improve.
It is time to make a change in my game and carrying my clubs is it. I look forward to this every year and it is now time to make the move. By the time you read this article, I will have carried for 18 holes….I will let you know how it went.
Have an awesome weekend and I hope you hit the links! If you do, drop us a line and let us know how it went.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton at The Grateful Golfer blog.