Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Panama After a Great Week

I was determined to complete my Full Fitness Routine and Full Practice Schedule during my last off-week before the 2015 Tour season. I was on top of the fitness element all week and completed all of my workouts by Saturday morning. Completing the Practice Schedule, on the other hand, looked very questionable as Alicia and I drove from Tennessee to Florida on a rainy Friday. Great East Tennessee weather allowed me to have quality days of practice early in the week, but I chose (wisely, I believe) to spend a large portion of my time on the course having some fun matches with friends to help me prepare for competition. I dedicated a lot of time to my practice drills, too, but I had quite a few of them remaining when the weather turned cold and rainy on Friday. When Alicia and I started the drive to Florida, I didn't feel good about my chances to get all of my Practice Schedule completed, but I had one thing in my favor: an afternoon flight on Sunday. I was able to get in a couple hours of practice on Saturday evening after my lesson with Mitchell, and then I had a great session on Sunday morning. It was chilly by central-Florida standards, so the practice facililties were fairly peaceful, and I efficiently worked through my remaining drills and completed my Full Practice Schedule. When I made the final putt of my last putting drill, I felt like I wanted to pump my fist! I never even fist pump in tournaments, much less on the practice green, but I think the emotion that I felt proves the value of my practice structure. It was a great sense of accomplishment, and I feel like it signified that my game and my mind are ready to start competing. 

In addition to completing my Process Goals, I had a great session with Mitchell on Saturday. I have worked really hard on my swing over the past three months, and I feel that my golf swing is simpler, more efficient, and more consistent now than it has ever been. This Saturday, Mitchell confirmed everything that I am feeling. I know that I have a lot of work to do to become the ball-striker that I want to be, but I definitely feel like I am on track to do that. It is an exciting feeling!

Another exciting feeling is actually being back out on the road (or air, in most cases) for tournament golf. Alicia and I landed in Panama on Sunday evening and are all settled in and ready for a great week here. Stay tuned for a practice report and maybe a picture or two before the tournament begins on Thursday. Thank you for following me!

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