Nearing the end of my complete college life, there is one more thing i have to do before i transition from a college athlete to a professional athlete. Hopefully this will also be the last time i need to do something of this circumstance. Next Tuesday i will be having surgery on my left wrist to fix the tear i currently have an a few other issues that have been playing up throughout my senior year. After a planned 4-5 month rehab, i should finally be health ready to be the professional i intend on being. College golf was a major stepping stone for me and my golf of course, but the area i learnt most was off the course. So i want to give you all just a couple of my lessons that i will take most seriously when i graduate in August.
* Keep a good amount of focus not only of the course, but in the gym. Its amazing how important you realise this is when its too late. Before my injuries i worked out hard on a consistent basis, but not necessarily in the appropriate way for a golfer. I ended up paying the price for this by being injured for 3 of my 4 years of college golf. When you work as hard as you do on the course, the most devastating thing that can happen is losing your opportunity to play because of a negligence of the other concepts related to being a top player. Therefore, pay attention to your body!
* Take your health seriously. Nutrition is a vital part of being a top college athlete. At ll times an athlete wants to perform their best. You don’t want to be coming down the last few holes trying to maintain a lead and lose it because of fatigue. Eating the right food can help prevent speeding up the fatigue and instead slow it down.
* Pay attention to where you practice and how. Practicing on artificial grass is extremely tough on your wrists and the jarring is impossible to ignore. A very positive way to do this is to focus on your short game 100 yards and inside. This is at least 70% of your game anyway so it deserves a large amount of time.
Hopefully these little tips will help you improve your golf whilst maintaining your body’s health. Although they may seem obvious, i am telling you from a first hand point of view i knew these concepts before i was injured and ignored them. That will be the last time i do that, also making it the last time i have surgery. Although it is scary at any time having surgery, i am excited to be able to put injury behind me and start the next chapter of my life. This is where it all begins.
“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury”