It is about that time of year when my golf juices really get flowing. We just had two days of double digit highs and the snow has receded by at least half. This generally means that it is time for me to start looking at the season ahead. But hold on a moment, it is still at least 4 to 5 weeks before golf courses in my area will be open for business. This timeline leads me to wonder what I should do that will slowly prepare me for my first hit of the season!
I have been working out since the start of 2021. I have gradually worked my way back into shape (ish) and it is time to pick up the intensity of my workouts. It is time to incorporate my driving net more as the temperatures are conducive to hitting more shots. This is something I definitely need to improve and now is the right time to start. I try to train for about 1.5 to 2 hours a day. This includes a walk for an hour and stretching/strength training for an hour. I have the time, so why put it off, right?
It is a bit too early to dig out my clubs. I put them away last fall and have not touched my bag since. I know it is clean, but generally, I will have to trade out some golf balls (Pro Vs for Wilson 50s) ensure I have enough tees, pencils, etc for my first round. Of course, I will be trading my cart bag for my carry bag, so it is fun going through all the pockets just to make sure I did not forget anything. Overall, this does not take much time, but is an important part of my pre-season prep.
During my many years in the Canadian Military, I learned a simple lesson that time spent preparing for something is time well spent. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This lesson was learned many times and I carry it with me today. So, now is the time to get ready for what comes next in my season.
One of the important things I look for is to replenish my consumables. I am not talking about golf balls or tees because that is a given. I am talking about sunscreen, pain killers, bug spray (organic), band aids, and other must have carry items. My experience tells me that looking to ensure these items are fully stocked prevents the “oh $&!T” moment when I realize I forgot to check out these items.
Lastly, I make sure my Golf Canada membership is up to date. I purchase mine through my home golf course at Osprey Links. This allows me to track my stats, scores, and handicap index. Additionally, I feel like I am supporting golf in Canada in a minute way. Joining the club is an important aspect of my pre-season preparation.
It is time to prepare for my 2021 golf season. I am expecting great things and by starting now, I will be ready.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!