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Lockdown getting you down?

If you need a hand, here are some things we found helpful

Here we are again. Lockdown fatigue is hitting the nation and yet again we are unable to do what we love most. Slicing that Pro V1 out of bounds on the first now doesn’t seem like such a bad thing… at least we were teeing it up with friends.

Golf courses are due to reopen on 29th March, but in the meantime here’s a few ways to keep away the lockdown blues.

Check out our 5 tips to stay positive and remember, you’ll be ripping one down the 1st again soon…

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Plan ahead

With most of us spending much more time at home, it’s easy to let all the days blend into one. Weekdays and weekends now seem the same, meaning we no longer have that ‘Friday feeling’.

We’re creatures of habit. While we’re all missing teeing it up in our regular Sunday slot, it’s important to keep to a routine. Having a plan is good for the mind and soul.

Take time to plan a decent meal. Put aside half an hour to learn a new skill or hobby each day. Find ways to keep connected with your golf while the courses are closed. Now’s a great time to think about how you can become a better golfer in 2021 so why not follow YouTube golf bloggers such as Rick Shiels who offers great tips on how to improve your game.

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Get off the sofa

Finding yourself propped up in front of the TV more often than usual? It’s hard to find the inspiration to get out an exercise, especially when the weather is as horrible as its been.

It might be as unpleasant as a thinned 3 iron on a cold morning, but it needs to be done. It doesn’t have to be much, even a 5 minute walk will work wonders. You manage to walk around 18 holes in the most gruesome weathers, so get out there and pretend you’re chasing after your Titleist.

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Prep your kit

This time away from the course is the ideal opportunity to start preparing your golfing kit for the season ahead. When was the last time your clubs were regripped? Have they ever been regripped!?

Grab the clubs out of the garage and apply some good old elbow grease. If you don’t fancy going to the expense or hassle of attempting to regrip your clubs yourself, then a good scrub with hot soapy water and a stiff brush can work wonders. Stock up on tees, pitch forks and balls while you’re at it.

Getting your kit in order will be another job done and you’ll feel a million dollars when you eventually get to tee it up again.

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Set goals for the season ahead

The vaccination programme is giving us some much needed light at the end of the tunnel, but there’s still a way to go before life returns to how it was. So it’s important to set some goals and work on what you can control this year.

Think about what you really want to achieve in 2021. Forget winning the lottery – we hate to break it to you, but that’s not going to happen. More realistic goals might be learning golf for the first time, or breaking 80.

Remember to be grateful. That’s easier said than done, but reminding yourself of what you have, and what you’re yet to accomplish, is vital at moments like this.

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Treat yourself nice

Give yourself a break instead of beating yourself up about feeling low. The current situation sucks and it’s ok to feel down. It’s also fine to feel bored and frustrated – you’re not alone in feeling like this.

Do something kind for yourself every day, or perhaps make an effort to do something kind for someone else. Keep that thought that this won’t last forever and we’ll once again we’ll be enjoying the sun on our back and that post-round beer with our friends.

Treat yourself by prebooking a tee time for when golf courses reopen, and be among the first to play our courses after weeks of lockdown!

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