Golf season in Duluth MN has been over for about 3 and a half months and I still talk about it almost daily with my buddy, Dave, who properly resides in southern Florida. My buddy is able to get out and play golf almost daily and I was most jealous when he told me about his early morning round on Christmas day. Golf on Christmas, what a great present that would be.
What golf things could one possibly be talking about in the middle of winter. Well I am glad you asked. Dave and I talk about books, clubs, and off season work outs. A majority of the books we talk about are written by a doctor named Bob Rotella. Last year I read his book called A Golfers Mind. This book was extremely helpful to keep me focused on the next shot during my round and not focused on the previous bad shot. I realized you will never play a perfect round of golf and your ability to recover on your next shot will be most helpful during your entire round of golf. If you have never read his books I have attached a link. If you mentally struggle with your rounds of golf, Dr. Bob Rotella is your man.
Dave and I are also constantly talking about our off season work outs and staying in shape. Dave has recently taken up yoga and speaks highly of the benefits received from yoga work outs. Unfortunately I have not begun any work outs yet in 2013. I like to blame my wife’s pregnancy for this. Her and I are snacking a bit too frequently right now for there to be any good to come from working out. However, once my third child comes, I will dedicate myself to working out and boycotting late night snacks. I would like very much for my dress pants to fit better and be able to get through my round of golf without having difficulty on holes 12-15. Last season I was very much tired on those holes. I could definitely feel tiredness taking over and causing higher stroke totals on those holes. I plan to change that this season.
Last, we discuss how I am going to adjust my game in 2013. Through teachings and video sharing I have learned that when I strike the ball I am trying to loft the ball on my own instead of letting the club do the work. I don’t take any divots on my rounds and this is not normal. I need to divot. My plan once the driving ranges open is getting out there and staying more in my stance and swinging properly. I will do my best to change my bad habit of trying to get the ball lofted into the air. I will allow the club to do its work.
2013 is going to be a great golf season and I can’t wait to practice. I’d love to hear tips, books, or courses you all enjoy. I hope you enjoyed the new Nike Golf Commercial. I sure did.