It’s been a while since my last newsletter and I’m going to try and condense my thoughts from last year into a few paragraphs. From a golfing perspective 2018 was a tough year, it was mentally and physically draining – with a young family I found it difficult to concentrate whilst on the golf course and during practice sessions. When I say ‘tough’ – I keep it in perspective, there’s a lot worse things than playing average golf! A lot of the time I found myself torn between golf, coaching and family – in fact mid summer I posted on my Facebook page how difficult I was finding it, I suppose in a way it was a vent as I was frustrated. Ironically the post went ‘viral’ (on a mini scale!!) – I had a number of people contact me, who didn’t know me at all, telling me to keep plugging away.
After each round I keep statistics on each and every shot. Necessary, yes. Obsessive, maybe! But if you know me, I like to read, I like information, I like to analyse, I like statistics, I like to know – that’s just me, I feel comfortable embracing that! So, about three quarters of the way through the season, I wrote down (with pen and paper) all the stats from my Excel spreadsheets. It included all the usual information you see on TV – greens in regulation, fairways hit etc. I also keep proximity to hole and putts gained stats. I studied the information and made a fluid plan to improve the areas that I needed to work on. The last portion of the season I saw an improvement in scores and therefore statistics. Over winter my training for 2019 has been going well, even with a bout of the Novovirus over Christmas and New Year I feel really positive that my golf game is trending in the right direction. I’m excited to see what will transpire in 2019, I really am.
From a coaching perspective – I’ve been coaching various ability levels of golfers – promising juniors, scratch golfers, complete beginners, groups etc. The most notable junior achievement was Austin, who travels from Macclesfield for coaching with me, he won 5 of the junior competitions at Macclesfield Golf Club, I was fortunate enough to travel over to see him pick up his awards on junior awards evening – there are some fantastic pictures of the awards night here!
What’s next? Well, 2019 looks promising. I am keeping up with my own winter plan/schedule. At the start of 2018 I had a lengthy conversation with a friend of mine, he caddies for a guy called Jason Day, apparently he’s quite good at golf! The conversation didn’t necessarily open my eyes, but it made me understand what it’s all about! It has definitely influenced the way I practice and the plan I have put together. I suppose that’s another story, for another day!
In terms of the coming months – podcasts are still on the agenda, email tips and also advertising opportunities to help support my playing schedule. The cost of playing regional events has gone up this year and I’m looking for local businesses or individuals to help support my season financially – it doesn’t cost the earth and is mutually beneficial – if you think you can help, or you know someone who can help, drop me a line and we can have a chat.
I’d just like to thank a few people who supported my golf season last year – firstly Andrew McHale (McHale and Co Solicitors Altrincham), who has supported me for a number of years now, I cannot thank him and his staff enough – lovely, lovely people!
Also thanks to Tim Crawshaw from Wellington Garage in Withington for keeping my car roadworthy in 2018 – much appreciated Tim.
All the best for 2019