After a great end to last year it was a very nice change to have no q school in Australia to go to and subsequently meant I could have a solid month of no golf, and I mean no golf!
That did eventuate although I got a little more than I bargained for when my left foot problem I had been struggling with for 5 mths last year decided to partially rupture in the sole of my foot and saw me introduced to crutches! That certainly slowed me down which I don't like especially when the kids are on school holidays and we are at the beach! My usual running around like a kid had to take a back seat this year which officially sucked!! It has prolonged my time off from golf to a full 6 weeks and even now after being back for a week I am only allowed to stagger my return, and take it slow. It has however freahened me up both physically and mentally and I am certainly keen to get back into it.
This week sees the Aussie tour start up for 2015 but luckily I had already decided to bypass the first two week of the season to allow me to be home with Eden this week as she embarked on school for the first time. Both of my boys also have birthdays over these two weeks so the decision was to invest some quality Father Time into their lives and really enjoy those experiences. The foot injury just made sure I was making the right decision! I have to say that I have loved being home for these significant life events and given the fact that I miss heaps of them it has been special and a real help to Rach as well as she started back at work this past week as well. I have also loved being able to go to my home church regularly throughout my break, something I miss throughout the year that's for sure!
On the golf front the year ahead is full of great opportunities for me on the back of some solid weeks at the end of last year. When I say down to look at last year my Aussie season saw me only miss two cuts for the year but in Japan I only made one! A real tale of two countries but in reality a tale of two mental states. In Aus I feel like I belong and can seriously compete after a few good performances the past couple of years where Japan I am still struggling with that belief of "do I belong?" I know, particularly on the back of last seasons q school up there that I have more than enough talent but just need to get the mental game tracking properly and see if I can get those guys chasing me up there for a change instead of me chasing my tail.
My season, foot injury permitting will start with the Qld PGA in Toowoomba in a week and a half, followed by a week off before the trip across the ditch for the NZ PGA in Auckland and the NZ Open in beautiful Queenstown, undoubtedly one of the best weeks of the year!
After that the Aussie tour winds down and my focus will shift to Japan and what will be my breakthrough season up there. I start in Nagoya in mid April at a course I have played before and look forward to hitting the ground running. I am heading up a little earlier than normal and having a couple of days in Hong Kong before flying into Nagoya. I'm hoping this approach will have me a little fresher and good to go.
My season up there will really kick off in May and is very solid from there til late in the year as long as I am still playing well. All in all everything is in front of me and I will have plenty of opportunities this year. With my "no fear no steer" attitude and "free putting" routine I can't wait to get started.
So I hope you have all set your goals for the year both on and off the course and more importantly remember to invest into the lives of your loved ones, as that is where real joy comes from!!