Posted Mar 03 2009, 09:34 PM by Cathy Erickson
It's March! Finally! I've had golf fever for a few months now, but March seems to be the month where I turn the corner and see a faint light at the end of the snow covered tunnel. It's been a snowy winter in Minnesota, and odds are we're going to see more, but I daydream about melting snow and green grass every day now. I know it's early, and I can't get my hopes up yet, but just like a bear awakening from hibernation, golf excitement is stirring in my soul.
First, my brain starts flooding with memories from the past season - the courses I played, the new benchmarks I reached, the countless rounds with great friends, being alone hitting a half a dozen balls around the course as the sun was setting, my trip to Texas in November, and oh, there was that little first ever hole-in-one.
I'm a sucker for reminiscing, but it isn't long before I start thinking of the upcoming season. Since our course probably won't open until May, I'm really hoping there will be a weekend golf trip or two in April with my golf buddies. It's hard though, because I know inviting "a girl" isn't always cool. I appreciate the guys that are willing to let me tag along. Of course if May is as bad as last year, it might be time to check out how many frequent flyer miles I have left.
Each year I give myself a golf allowance. I am currently on good terms with my credit card, but one of the cures for golf fever is new golf stuff! I'm already contemplating a new driver and new hybrids...and of course there's always room for a new pair of shoes. As a big believer in supporting my local club, I have a special fund for local pro shop purchases, too.
Then there are the golf goals. I've decided on two - more distance on my drives and to stop "picking" my irons and hit down on them instead. But I have to be honest, I haven't been enthusiastic about changing parts of my game because I'm afraid I might have to go through the "it gets worse before it gets better" phase. I know if I want to hit longer (or better) I'm going to have to change my grip and set up, and I'll have to hit a lot of bad shots before all the pieces snap into place. The problem is, with a season that's so short, I wonder if it's worth sacrificing the time when I am pretty content with what I have. That is the real challenge I'm facing.
The calendar says Spring starts on March 20, but just today I felt a little spring in my golf step. Have you felt it yet? If you're like me and anticipating the new golf season, I hope your wait is short. If you're one of the lucky ones who can golf right now, get out there and play a round for the rest of us!
Filed under: Golf Allowance, Spring, Minnesota
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