As a blanket of snow fell on Alberta this weekend, it forced me to come to terms with the fact that the off-season is officially upon us.
Depending where you live, obviously, the length of your off-season can be highly variable. Whether your off-season is dictated by weather, self imposed, or driven by other factors (such as a tournament schedule), I think it is important to have one, even if it is just a couple of weeks.
For the average or casual golfer, the off-season might be a time to throw the clubs in the basement, take up some winter hobbies and forget about their game until Spring. They’ll come back feeling rusty (mentally and physically) and out of shape, but as long as their expectations are in line with their efforts and they’re having fun, there’s nothing wrong with that.
For the avid golfer with goals and aspirations, such as myself, the off-season is a fantastic opportunity.
It’s a great opportunity to hit the reset button.
To assess your goals and set new ones.
To work on your mental game.
To get your body into better shape, or maybe nurse a nagging injury back to health.
To work on your swing without worrying about a score or where the ball is going.
Lucky for us, our off-season isn’t going to be as long this year thanks to our three month Road Trip! However, there is still a solid month and a half to go before we start heading down to warm weather. I’m going to do my best to take full advantage of this time.
First, I’m going to leave the clubs alone for a few weeks and hit the reset button.
I’m going to work on my strength and fitness through kettlebell workouts.
I’m going to work on my flexibility and overall physical well-being through stretching, rolling, massage therapy and Chiropractic.
I’m going to work on my mental game through positive visualization, and writing affirmations to read daily.
Finally, I’m going to start hitting balls again and working on my swing.
The off-season doesn’t have to be a setback to your game. It provides a great opportunity to work on things that may be difficult to keep up with during a busy season. I’m choosing to embrace the off-season and utilize it to improve my game in the long run.
What does the off-season mean to you?