Well it’s been a while since I wrote a blog, but I’m back now. Yay! For those of you who didn’t know, I went home to Jersey (England) in November and was planning to stay until the beginning of January. I needed to renew my Visa so I figured the best option would be to do it from home, especially since I was told it would only take 30 days. Four months later, I was finally able to return to the US with a few weeks to spare before the start of the season. Obviously, this was not part of the original plan, but hey, that’s life. Things don’t always go the way we expect or want them to.
This extended time at home turned out to be just what I needed this offseason. I was able to spend a lot of time with my mum, and since I was the only child at home this trip, I got a lot of attention. It’s been quite a long time, if ever, when it was just my mum and I. For the most part I enjoyed the attention, but there were definitely a couple of moments I would have liked to have my siblings around to take the heat away from me! Haha. During my time at home, I was lucky enough to visit my family in Scotland which was great as it had been about 5 years since I saw many of them. I also got to spend Christmas in Paris with my mum and siblings which was really special as we don’t all get together very often. It was nice to be able to get away from golf for some time and just put things in perspective again. As much as I love golf, it’s important for me to step away from the game and spend time with the important people in my life.
I spent most of my offseason working on my fitness in the gym. There were some weeks I managed to fit in 10 workouts! Many days I was working out twice a day and I absolutely loved it! I was determined this year to get fitter and stronger and also fine-tune my nutrition as much as possible. I was mostly doing spinning, pilates, and golf workouts. I felt the combination really covered all the bases for my overall fitness, but also helped make my golf swing more efficient and powerful.
When it came to my golf game this offseason, I spent most of my time making changes to my golf swing. As most of you already know, I started working with a great coach in California and I had the opportunity to spend a few days working on my game with her right before I went home in November. This got my offseason off to a great start and gave me a lot of things to focus on in practice. We were able to cover all parts of the game, and started to make some important changes to my swing. My swing has always been pretty solid, but these changes have made it much more consistent and also more powerful, which is an added bonus. I feel great about my swing heading into the season. I’ve included a picture at the bottom of my blog to show you the changes that have been made.
Once I got my new visa, I was fortunate to be able to fly straight to California from home to spend a week with my coach just before the start of the season. We made a few small adjustments to the swing, but spent most of the time talking about the mental game and fine-tuning my short game… the most important parts! We worked on finding some strategies to make things as simple as possible for the season ahead. This included, scheduling for tournaments weeks, fun things I could do to get away from golf, how many practice rounds I should play etc.
When I first met my coach, Alison, in September, I was completely lost in life and golf. I didn’t know what direction I was heading or what made me happy anymore. It was a tough place to be and meeting her could not have come at a better time. Since working with her, I truly believe I am happier and more confident than I’ve ever been. Alison’s greatest teaching trait is that she continually reminds me to figure things out on my own. She believes students learn a lot more by trying to figure things out instead of being told all the answers. I couldn’t agree more. At the beginning this was tough; my confidence was low and I was struggling to believe in myself, however, I wouldn’t want it any other way now. She has given me all the tools I need for both life and golf, but she will also be there for me when I need a small reminder along the way. People always say everything happens for a reason, and as tough as this is sometimes, it really is true.
I have never been more excited about life and golf! I cannot wait to see what this year has to offer both on and off the golf course. I hope you continue to follow me along this journey. A lot of great things are going to be happening this year. Thank you to all my supporters around the world. It really means a lot to me.
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