I bet you are thinking I am going to talk about the transition periods of my golf swing, well not today. This transition is from playing 4 days a week to not playing at all. It is a tough time of year for those of us in the northern climes, but one we know and understand. However, it does not make things any easier.
It is the time of year that thousands of Canadian golfers walk around in a fog looking for something to fill their time. Some hunker down and just wait, while others find other activities to enjoy. It is a yearly routine that does not get any easier.
Personally, I like to take the time to catch up on my reading (not just about golf), enjoy some outdoor activities, and set goals for the upcoming year. All of this, plus more, takes time and helps fill my golfing void.
This year, my wife and I bought cross-country skis. Our local golf course allows us to use the fairways for this and snow shoeing. Both are great fun and helps keep me active and in shape. The real trick is to dress properly and enjoy the time outdoors.
During this period, other thoughts come to mind. I am a strong believer in continuing to move forward. I enjoy watching sports and movies on TV, however I also believe it is important to keep learning and expanding my knowledge on whatever topic catches my eye. I think that by seeking answers to questions helps keep me young, enthused, and mentally sharp. These traits are great for my overall state of health and of course my golf game.
Being open to new ideas and learning new things is transferable to golf. Golf is a great game and I know it is something I will never master. This seems like an odd statement, but it is true; I can always learn more about golf, which in turn helps me know more about myself. You may think I am placing far too much power in my golf game, but I believe everything is connected and as such, my off-season will be spent trying to learn new things and staying fit. Now is not the time to stop growing.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.