Join ParGolf ambassadress Genevieve Ling as she shares tales on tour – and off it – in her column ‘Inside The Ropes’.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY
‘Off-season’ doesn’t equate to ‘slacking off’ – well, at least not in my book!
For most of professional golf, the end of the year is ‘off-season’. Although the term ‘off-season’ may give the impression of “time off from golf”, it’s actually a rather important period in the calendar year for a professional golfer.
The off-season is when we have the time to not only take some much needed rest from the stress of travelling and competing year round, but it’s also the time for a golfer to tweak their swing, hit the gym harder, and make the necessary preparations for the upcoming season.
This off-season, I took a couple of days off before it was back to the grind. Off-season practice for me is pretty much similar to my in-season practice in terms of hours. The big difference is that I have more time to focus on the more technical aspects of my swing. As mentioned, it’s also a period where I can get into a stable routine of working out and not having to worry about being too sore for upcoming competitions.
A month off to practice is great but nothing beats the thrill of competing for me. I kick-start my first event of the 2020 season next week in Taiwan. It will be hugely exciting for me to compete in it as it is the Taiwan LPGA’s largest event of the year with many of their LPGA players returning to their motherland to compete.
2019 was my first full year on tour and I learnt a lot. From having to adapt to the various courses and conditions to the hundreds of thousands of kilometres spent up in mid-air, I gained invaluable experience and I can’t wait to put what I’ve learnt to the test.
This year I’ll be focusing on my process goals, and my main one will be to finish every tournament week knowing that I’ve done the best I could for that week. Hopefully, focusing on what I can control will help take care of what I can’t – the results. Given the opportunity, I would also like to make a go for the LPGA Tour via its qualifying school.
Overall, I’m very excited for the year, and also to take on this new journey as ParGolf ambassador and columnist … sharing insights on life on tour with readers and fellow golf fans. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Year of the Rat!