With October quickly coming to a close, it’s time to set my sights on next season. With that in mind, I’ve curtailed my match play for the remainder of the eligible season which ends on October 31st to between a maximum of 2 to 3 additional rounds of golf and switched focus to a six month dedicated training period where I will be working on my physical conditioning as well as the fundamentals of ball striking, accuracy, shot placement, and distance control.
I will address each and every aspect of these fundamentals with the desired goal of building a solid foundation for being able to apply these fundamentals in a competitive setting a.k.a. tournament play. I’ve built a dedicated schedule which consists of blocks of time set aside over a 4 day period per week with each training session dedicated to a specific skill set.
Weather conditions, unless severe, will not play a significant role in these training sessions as there exists a year round outdoor driving range within 15 minutes distance from my home and during periods of severe weather I have an indoor field house at my disposal where chipping, pitching, and short game skills can be worked on in a climate controlled atmosphere.
Putting training and practice can be achieved as well as an indoor driving range within 30-40 minutes drive of my home is available to me via appointment. I can also practice putting in my home and I have not ruled out the purchase of a dedicated putting practice mat that I can utilize from the comfort of my own home.
Having played over 35 rounds of golf , 7 formal training sessions, and thousands of balls struck in practice sessions in the past 4 months, one could surmise my knees and lower back have taken the brunt of the abuse during this learning, training, practice, and course play period. I have set aside a block of time for my body to heal itself and regain the strength that I have lost due to soreness in my knees and back and once my body has recovered, the training session will begin. I expect this period to be no longer then a week in length as even after a two day layoff I’ve begun to show signs of improvement and pain free mobility.
I haven’t closed the door completely on playing for score anymore this season and I expect to play 2 maybe 3 more rounds of golf before October 31st but playing for score, from this point on until April 2015, will no longer be my primary focus. I will strengthen and enhance my skills with every club in the bag. Topping the ball is still a major concern and once the 2015 season starts I want to have a handle on that problem as well.
For now, it’s a steady diet of Aleve and Ben-Gay. In the immediate future I’ll be shifting gears and work will begin on building consistency, reliability, and dependability in my game by becoming a better ball striker and shot shaper.
My journey has just begun…