The snow is falling heavily here in Chicago today for the first time since last winter and the golf season won’t be on the horizon for many months. It might seem depressing when looked at from the perspective that I won’t be able to play a real round of golf for the entire winter, unless I take a trip somewhere. I guess it is a good thing I don’t see it that way.
I am starting to see the winter off-season for what it really is, a golden opportunity. I have four to five months in front of me where I can focus on nothing but my physical fitness and my fundamentals. I don’t have a tee time this weekend or a score to worry about. This is a prime opportunity to improve my game and I intend to take full advantage of it. I am lucky enough to work in an environment where I can take an hour in the middle of the day to go work out or make a few swings in the gym.
I have been so focused on breaking 80 for so long that I have very much neglected the fundamentals of the golf swing. This will not be the case this next season. This winter will be a “back to basics” approach to the game. If I don’t break 80 next season it will not be because my fundamentals were off. I am committed to working on them for an hour each day if not more every day until the snow melts and the courses open again. For anyone else out there who is dealing with a few months of winter I urge you to do the same thing.
The other interesting aspect of winter, is that Golf is back on TV and it gets me fired up. Watching the two opening tournaments in Hawaii makes me think about how fun it is going to be to tee it back up when the weather heats up. I get fired up to go work on my fundamentals because I know what is waiting for me in a few months. It is obviously tough to keep this enthusiasm throughout the entire winter, but I am going to give it a shot.
As far as I am concerned, my 2012 season started today even though I won’t play a round of golf for nearly four to five months! Here we go!