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Taking A Few Weeks Off From Golf

By admin Jun20,2024

After reading the golf news of Rory McIlroy taking a few weeks off from golf to reset things in his life, I wonder if many of you ever feel the same way. Personally, if Rory needs to step away for his mental health, then I fully support him doing so. There is no sense completely burning himself out. As I tell the athletes I coached over the years, with respect to injury and mental challenges – I would rather lose you for a day than a week, a week than a month, or a month than the entire season. Taking care of ourselves (on all levels) is very important. Knowing this, have you ever stopped playing for awhile just for a rest?

Speaking from personal experience, I have taken breaks over the years with varying lengths. I have stopped playing for 2 weeks mid-season because I was playing too much competitive golf and I was burned out. I have stopped playing for 7 to 10 days because I was playing so poorly that I needed to make a change. I generally stop playing around mid-September because after 80 rounds or so during the year, I am ready to do other things. So you see, taking a break is not an uncommon phenomena….at least for some. I guess you have to ask yourself if taking a break is good for your game or do you just work through it?

I know when I am starting to ‘burn out’ or I read somewhere ‘golf out’ because some tell tale signs start to show up when I play. Some are subtle and others are very blatant. Here is what my game looks like prior to me needing a break (in no particular order):

  • I struggle with my swing more than normal. I cannot seem to complete a full swing and when I do I am pulling the ball left 95% of the time. I cannot seem to fix this swing error. Cause – not completing my swing.
  • I start to make poor decisions. This telltale is a bit more subtle. But I start choosing the wrong club for simple shots. I will choose a lob wedge for a bump and run for no apparent reason. Or I will hit driver (most likely) when I know I should be hitting a 3 wood or hybrid off the tee. This and other poor decisions start adding strokes to my score and I become frustrated at the end result instead of the cause.
  • I lose focus on most shots. Golf is a game when 30 seconds of focus is required many times during a round. When I am needing a break, I find I cannot focus on putts or chip shots. I just go through the motion of hitting the ball.
  • I am not excited to hit the links. Most of the time (actually 99% of the time) I am excited to head to the golf course. I love playing golf and the joy of hitting the links rarely wanes. When it does, it is time to evaluate why.
  • I start to look for other things to do when I have an opportunity to play golf. This is when I definitely know I need to make the decision to take a break. I know that if I stop playing for a week or two, then I will be reinvigorated to play. Additionally, my game is better and the scores are lower.

I am sure there are other things that would make the list of why I need to take a break from golf. This is not a bad thing and happens most years. To be fair, I play plenty of golf during our six month season. I play whenever it suits me as I only live 10 minutes away from the Golf and Ski Resort. I can walk on 95% of the time without a problem, so I have a great deal going on here. So, taking a break is not a big deal.

If you find that you are frustrated, unfocused, or lacking joy when playing golf, it might be time for a break. This is not a bad, it is what it is. So, if you are wondering what might fix your game, consider a short break; it might be the solution you that will fix your game.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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