As opening day creeps closer, I start to prepare for the first tee. Every golfer has a routine, superstitions, or must do things that ensure the are ready to hear the crack of the their driver hitting their ball. Of course, may of us need to back track a few days (weeks) before the joy of playing golf in 2020 begins. This year, I am going to try something different to stem the craziness and manage my excitement of teeing it up.
Of course I am going to prepare my golf clubs by giving them a scrub. Of course this is not really needed because they are brand new, but why break tradition. Additionally, I will clean out my bag; put a sleeve of brand new golf balls; ensure my towel is clean; wash my shoes; and ensure my favorite ball marker is in my bag.
Their is a difference between preparation (as above) and craziness of anticipation. I can honestly say that after 6 months of waiting to the course to open my excitement gets the best of me. I will show up at course about 1.5 hours before my tee time. We do not have a driving range at my home course, so I spend a great deal of time chipping and putting……and waiting!
However, now that I have an area to hit balls before I even go to the course, I will be able to work out my excitement before I even head to the course. Additionally, I will hit more balls for the days leading up to my first tee time. This will also temper my joy that the course is opening. So, this is how I am going to keep my mind from exploding with joy – Hit more Golf Balls!
I realize that this is nothing new for you players of warmer climes who do not a 6 month off-season; but for me it is brand new. I think that tiring myself out, a bit, before my first tee time is the key to trying to control the craziness of opening day! The worst that happens is that the craziness takes over! 🙂
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!