Being a golfer and being grateful. Two things that should always go hand in hand to keep your mental game healthy, whether out on the course or during the off season.
Golf is a privilege, an opportunity, and a luxury that we should be grateful for. Each time we forget that while we’re on the course we risk missing out on a great and fulfilling experience. Each and every time I’m on the golf course this season, I want to remind myself why I’m there. I love the game. I don’t just love the game when I’m playing my best, I love the game all the time and should always be grateful for the opportunity to play it.
When your significant other comes down with the flu, do you get mad, frustrated, throw them in your trunk and neglect them? Hopefully not. You help nurture them back to health and show them that you’re grateful for them. That’s how golf should be. Maybe your game has caught the flu, but if you nurture it and are grateful for the opportunity to play the game, it will come back to health and be more likely to stay healthy.
The winter off season in Canada can feel very long. However, that also provides us unique opportunities we can be grateful for. It’s a great opportunity to sit back and evaluate your game. It’s a great opportunity to work on your strength, balance and flexibility. It’s a great time to pick up a book or learn something new. It’s a great time to see an instructor and work on your swing without worrying where the ball is going.
I’m not trying to fool you, it can be tough to stay grateful during the winter, especially when you flick your television on and see the pros playing in Hawaii or at Pebble Beach and you look out your window to see three feet of snow and a windchill of -25 degrees Celsius.
However, with that, comes another opportunity. We’re given the opportunity to take golf trips. Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to know how amazing it feels to escape a Canadian winter on a golf trip.
So, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you.
Thank you, Golf, for being awesome. I will try and remain grateful to you through the good times and the bad.
Thank you, Winter, for reminding me how much I miss Golf when I can’t play it.
Thank you, Winter, for providing me the time to get stronger and work on my swing.
Thank you, Winter, for encouraging me to take trips to new and exciting places.
And thank you, Summer, for eventually telling Winter that it’s your time to shine.