As a golfer in Canada, learning how to embrace and make the most of the off-season is essential to my sanity. Although the end of another golf season can feel like a bummer, I still look forward to the off-season and all of the opportunities that come with it.
I recently saw a comment from DM Golf Performance on Facebook that reminded me of the importance of having an off-season:
“In the fall we see many golfers that are de-trained and under recovered from the golf season. The body needs time to undo the repetitive strain and build back its foundation.
Circuit training with a variety of different movements that focus on mobility and stability is a great way to start the off season.”
Despite some nicer-than-usual fall weather, my Canadian golf season has ended, and my body is enjoying the break. If you’re anything like me and find it easy to neglect your body during the busy summer months, the comment above likely resonated with you as well.
Whether you’re forced into an off-season by the cold and snow like us in Canada, or you determine your own, I believe it’s an important part of each year to reset your mind and body and evaluate your previous season.
I’m changing the way I think about the off-season slightly. I am not looking at it as some gloomy time at the end of golf season. I look at it as the beginning of a necessary cycle to stay fresh and improve season-to-season.
The cycle starts to feel something like this:
Although the Canadian off-season is a bit longer than I’d like it to be, it provides plenty of time to sort yourself out and, of course, take warm vacations.
So how am I going to crush this off-season?
Well, Beth and I have returned to a committed fitness routine and are slowly building strength, mobility and stability back while giving our bodies a break from swinging a club. Our routine will evolve as winter progresses and we’ll mix in some other activities such as badminton, and Beth will probably do some swimming (while I’m in the hot tub).
I’ve also been getting regular treatments from my Chiropractor Dr. Murray Heber at Elite Sports Therapy. He kept me ticking this past summer with adjustments, active release therapy, and IMS needles, particularly during the crucial parts of the season. Now we’re working to get my body back to baseline to optimize the “rest, repair, rebuild” phase of the off-season.
And as per usual, Beth and I have some saucy winter travel plans. At the end of this month we are headed to Kauai for two weeks to soak in some sun, dip our toes in the ocean and play some relaxed vacation golf with our buddy and fellow golf blogger Wayne Halm, who is a Kauai resident and will surely show us some spectacular golf courses.
As the golf season approaches in the New Year I will start to practice and get a few lessons, and we will hopefully sneak away on another warm trip.
There you have it. Crushing the off-season doesn’t have to be complicated or ground breaking. All you need is a good attitude and a solid plan.
Happy golfing (or off-season!)