Winter is officially here! Up until now we have experienced higher than normal temperatures that allowed for more golf (for some) and comfortable temperatures for winterizing our property. I still have a few more chores, but that is normal because there is always something to do around here. Having said all that, with the first dusting of snow a switch changes in my brain that directs my thoughts to keeping my golf passion alive for the next six months. Mostly, I will write, train and hit balls in my DIY driving net. This transition is the same as every other year with one minor exception, I am looking a hickory golf more and with great interest. Hickory golf is not all encompassing, but it allows me to focus on other golf related things as I nestle down for a long winter’s nap.
I have decided to be a bit more introspective this offseason. I plan to dissect my golf season with the intent of developing a better plan of improving next season. I have committed to playing golf (as a member) at the Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort. I am meeting some great golfers and I am enjoying the extra time I save not having to drive an hour to play. I do miss playing golf with my friends, but with every decision there are upsides and downsides.
As I mentioned earlier, I plan on delving deeper in areas where I will improve my game. Specifically, I am going to improve my short approach shots. My focus will be from 100 yards and closer. The distance I am choosing is not random because after a years worth of effort, I have a space in my back yard where I can hit a 100 yard shot. Yup, my backyard will be my own private wedge area where I can hit all my wedges comfortable. Specifically, I want to improve my gap wedge from 100 yards because I already know that this was a weak area of my game last season. Regardless, I am excited to have a new practice area in my backyard.
Golf is a year around sport for many players. Unfortunately, the first dusting of snow closes my golf door shut for good. There is no more glimmer of hope thinking I will be able to sneak out for a round. However, I am committing to staying focused this offseason with the intent of improving my game next year.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!