I will not try to fool you. As a golfer, a Canadian winter can seem daunting. It’s cold, icy, your nose runs more often than you can get used to, and you can’t golf. It tests my patience and my ability to maintain a positive attitude. However, when the golf season comes to an end and the off-season begins, it brings with it a lot of opportunities to look forward to.
It is important to have some sort of off-season, regardless of your sport. It provides definition to your season. It provides a chance to kick back and reflect on your performance. It gives you the chance to recharge your batteries and come back even stronger.
The Canadian off-season, however, provides a little too much time to do this. This is where we have to take matters into our own hands.
Travel to Warm Destinations
Not everyone knows how amazing it feels to escape a cold Canadian winter on a warm vacation. We have that privilege, and it would be wrong not to embrace it. Last winter we were fortunate enough to go on a 3-month road trip where Beth and I tied the knot at Pebble Beach. This set the bar high for winter trips, but won’t deter us from seeking out more great adventures.
A 3-month trip isn’t quite in the cards this year, but we do have a 2-week trip to Maui planned in January so far. I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I’m really excited to see what all the fuss is about and bring back some great info on the golf scene there. We’ll get the chance to rub elbows with PGA Tour players at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, spend some time on the beach, visit the sights and, of course, hit the links.
Improve Fitness and the Golf Swing
The off-season, at least for us, is the easiest time of year to improve our fitness. Summer can be a very busy time. Between friends getting married, trying to make a living, and squeezing in rounds of golf, it can be easy to let the fitness routine slip.
With life calming down over the off-season, it’s a great chance to focus on fitness and get the body healthy and strong for the upcoming season. We’ve been focusing on regular kettlebell workouts at home, going on frequent walks/jogs, as well as mixing in some new activities such as badminton and swimming. I’ve also been working on my golf exercise program from DM Golf Performance to get my muscles programmed and firing properly after a late season injury.
It’s also a great time to work on the golf swing without having to worry about where the ball is going, or what your score is. I swung a club for the first time in about a month and a half today at an outdoor (heated) range. It’s always refreshing to get swinging again after a break.
Goal Review and Goal Setting
If you’re an ambitious golfer like myself, you probably set some goals each season. The off-season is a great time to review your performance and evaluate where you’re at with your goals, and refine them for the upcoming season. I have yet to grind this out, but it’s in the off-season plans.
The off-season is a great time to catch up. On anything. With friends, family, your thoughts, or even that knitting project (I have no idea how to knit — but Beth does).
It’s also a great time for me to catch up on blog content (I have several course reviews from Arizona I have yet to publish…gasp!), brainstorm ideas, and make plans for the 2016 season. I have an exciting announcement coming soon regarding the 2016 season, so stay tuned!
With that, I’d like to finish by saying — thanks, Winter.
Thanks for encouraging me to take trips to new and exciting places. Thanks for giving me the time to get fit and recharge my batteries. Thanks for reminding me how much I miss golf when I can’t play it, and to never take a moment on the golf course for granted.
We don’t have to be best friends for me to appreciate the opportunities you provide, as long as you hold up your end of the bargain and allow Summer to come back on time.
Happy golfing (or off-season!)