Life Transitions and Golf – Part 2

As most of you have figured, I have moved for my job.  I am looking for the new chapter in my life.  We are still working through the many wonderful aspects of moving, however after so many moves we are more relaxed and grateful for the positive things of our new life transition.  One of the positive changes for me is the opportunity to play new golf courses.

My new home course is Roundel Glen golf course at Trenton, ON.  It is a shooters course where length does not play as an important role as my previous course; Osprey Links Golf Course at Callander, ON. (Sorry no links, I still restricted on my access to IT.

I have played my new course twice.  Yesterday and today.  Yesterday was interesting because everything was new….tight fairways, postage stamp greens and new undulations on the greens.  Not to be fooled by the new surrounds, I went back to the basics by focusing on course management, playing safe, and not being too aggressive.  My tentativeness resulted in an 80 with three doubles!  Not really too bad, but not the start I was hoping for; that is for sure.

Today was a different story.  I played a more aggressive game and focused on my GIR stat.  Well it paid off.  I went thee over for the front, two under for the back, for a smooth 73.  The biggest difference between yesterday and today was: I trusted my swing and had the confidence to play my game.  Thanks to Brian, Pete, Rick, and Vet for reminding me the importance staying focused and to forge ahead with my plan of improving my GIR stat.

So, here I go with renewed gusto for my favorite game.  I have reconnected with some old friends and look forward to more time on the course.  I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!

Life Transitions and Golf

Many people experience life transitions on a regular basis.  For those who have lived in the same wonderful location, you are blessed.  For those of us who move every few years, the challenges of everyday experiences we take for granted seem to cause the greatest challenge during a life transition.

Golf is very much like experiencing a life transition.  The part of game you rely upon the most is the first part of your game to let you down.  Traditionally I am solid putter.  I am very confident and rarely experience the yips.  Well during my last round, I decided to focus on my approach shots.  I took my time, ensured my alignment was correct, and chose my clubs wisely.  Needless to say, my GIR stat was excellent!  However, I 3-putted five greens.  I was extremely disappointed in my performance.  It did teach me a valuable lesson not to take any part of my game for granted.  It only leads to frustration and disappointment.

I am off to the links tomorrow…..I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!