How to Deal with Unexpected Time Away from Golf

Selena Costabile’s Advice For the Times

If not golf, then what?

The coronavirus has many golfers contemplating that very question… If I can’t practice or play golf, what should I do or what can I do to occupy my time?

Mentally dealing with time away from the golf course is a challenging proposition for many golfers. You may not be ready or accustomed to having big blocks of free time on your hands but you should be prepared for such circumstances.

The coronavirus outbreak has prevented golfers from doing what they love to do… play golf. You may feel isolated and are left with unyielding thoughts such as, “I’m bored. I don’t know what to do with my time.”

Ironically, you probably have thought the complete opposite during the grind of the season, “I’m so tired. I can’t wait for the season to be over.”

The logical solution is to take advantage of the time afforded you. You can use this downtime as a mental break, a way to discover new interests or pursue a hobby that you have put off due to the time demands of golf.

Canadian golfer and 2018 Rookie of the Year Selena Costabile is taking advantage of her break from golf by engaging in some of her favorite activities outside of golf, like playing piano.

Costabile offers advice for all golfers who seem as they wait for the coronavirus pandemic to slow down enough to get back into action.

COSTABILE: “Find something that maybe you enjoyed before, but you didn’t have enough time for. I feel like a lot of hobbies are put on hold, and now is the best time to do something therapeutic and relaxing to turn our minds message from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I can now do this where I wasn’t able to before.'”

Costabile offers sound advice that can ease your mind over the current state of affairs, reenergize your desire for golf and help you become a well-rounded person outside of golf.

Taking advantage of the break afforded you can benefit you in several ways:

Re-Evaluate your goals–Taking a step back can assist you in taking a look at your goals, your current level of play and specific steps you could take to achieve your goals.

Re-Ignite your passion–Monotony can sap your joy for playing golf. A timeout out can help you realize why you love playing the game and re-energize your batteries.

Take the pressure off your golf game–When your self-worth is no longer solely dependent upon how well you play on a given day, you no longer thrust excessive high expectations on your shoulders.

Dealing with Unexpected Time Away from Golf

What can you do NOW while you wait to return to action? Take this opportunity to explore other interests.

Is there something you have been putting off that you have always wanted to try?

Is there an activity that you enjoyed in the past but haven’t had the time because of your busy schedule?

Now is the time to add other hobbies. When you are able to return to play, you will return with a renewed enthusiasm to compete.

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