Firstly I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. May that year be filled will love, happiness, good health and many unforgettable and great moments.
Unfortunately I haven’t been very active on my blog site but I will try to keep you better informed throughout the year about what is going on with some interesting projects I am involved in.We had a super Christmas and Neil’s daughter Lia spent it with us. We toured the UAE with friends and we watched the fireworks together on New Years Eve so that was a special time. We had this picture taken on a trip to Fujairah which was interesting for us all.
We have been back in Dubai since the middle of November. I had been working hard on my game leading up to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and I really thought I was on the right track. Our TourSchool trip to Greece really got me excited about hitting the ball well again. Neil and I have worked hard for a long time now to get my technique in a better place. Like so many golfers it seems to be far easier when the stress levels are low. Unfortunately the tournament break since July showed me how rusty my tournament mindset had become. I constantly keep putting myself under such pressure to perform in order to prove something instead of just enjoying the game as I do in the social games.
I can’t figure out where I lost that competitive and driven hunger to win but I must be honest that these days I do struggle to find it. My thoughts are more filled with how not to mess up when in a good position rather than being excited to go out and show what I’m made of. I guess that’s what happens when bad things happen so often and it’s simply not a constructive way to approach tournament golf or something that a Tour player can afford to think. The standard on Tour these days is so high that you need to be both physically and mentally in the right place to compete.
The main thing that I have learned is that even if you swing well on the range you cannot perform well if your mindset is not right. We have got a lot of projects going on with the Designed on Tour Clothing and with our TourSchool Coaching trips. Sometimes I don’t know where to focus or start next. It’s good for the future and bad for my golf. Sometimes I think it is good to get away but then when I go back it’s like starting over!
It’s not that easy to start up a new company and get the word out there about what you are doing but our passion will get us there. I’m looking forwards to jump all hurdles that might be in the way. Business and golf have a lot in common. You have to focus on the now and have an ability to forget the past and work hard towards your goals in the future.
As a Tour professional it’s a real challenge to start a life away from the Tour and to know what you can do after your career comes to an end. I think it takes a while to regroup and find out where your passion draws you. Thanks to Neil’s support and endless ideas I have found things I love doing and now as a result I don’t have the same passion for my own golf. Instead I get great pleasure out helping and coaching other golfers and passing on my experience.
Designing and producing our DOT clothing has been and still is a great learning experience. It is not always easy to find the right partners to share your passion and vision and help you create your products. The positive in it all is that I have learned more by doing every step of every process involved than I could ever have learned at a fashion college.
2014 means a New Year and for us a brand new start. We will leave Dubai in the middle of March and spend more of our time in Portugal and Spain which is perfect and has great resorts for our golf trips. We have also been working on plans to organize golf coaching trips and sightseeing trips to my home county of Bavaria. It’s such a wonderful area in the summer months to visit. Our great cities, our beer gardens, wonderful romantic lakes, amazing sightseeing and the lovely people make the place something very special.
Although Germany is not known for its golf we plan to get people over to try out what we have to offer. Next year the Solheim Cup will be in Germany and hopefully that might help to get the game’s popularity raised. The European summer is the best in the world with long sunny evenings which we both love. Lots of time for a few holes in the evening followed by some grilling!
Well, I have shocked myself as that was a deep and emotional blog for me but that’s what how my mind writes today. Today was raining in Dubai and so we have spent the entire day organizing and writing for TourSchool. Tomorrow we will be back confirming and adjusting new sample styles for both Gents and Ladies Polo’s for the 2014 DOT Collection and so the next blog might be very different.
I also wanted to mention that we are offering two great coaching trips in March and April to Spain and Portugal. We are introducing our “Stress Less” Concept of coaching at TourSchool and we have worked very hard on producing something we know will help people to improve and enjoy their golf more.
Maybe you are interested to learn from our experiences?
Golf Pros don’t come much more passionate than Neil and myself and we know we can help your game and your mindset!
Lastly I wish you all the best and I would love to hear some feedback from you,
Best wishes for now,