With our wrap around season on tour, my 2018 campaign is set to get underway with two tournaments this side of Christmas. It is fair to say that 2017 wasn’t a very enjoyable year for me on Tour, blighted as it was by a back injury that culminated in me having to take two months off in August and September – although every cloud has a silver lining and my time on the side-lines did enable me to spend an enjoyable couple of days at The Grove filming some instructional videos designed to help improve your game. Watch David’s top tips that will help improve your game by clicking here
When you have an injury, particularly with your back, and are unable to perform at the level you know you can – whether you are an amateur or professional golfer – golf becomes a hugely frustrating sport and that is the position I found myself in over the past 18 months or so.
During my time on the side-lines I began working with Rob Goldup, a strength and conditioning coach, who has not only helped me recover from my injury but has helped me establish a fitness regime designed to ensure I am less likely to be affected by the back problems moving forward. I’ve found that this proactive approach to my own well-being has also had an impact on my mindset, which is a real positive ahead of the new season.
Alongside Rob, I have also started working with a new coach, Hugh Marr, and with both of them based locally to me it has really helped create the feeling that I have a team around me and this fresh start has already given me a renewed impetus for the new season.
After my injury layoff, I returned to action in October and was delighted to be able to play three weeks on the bounce, which included the positive finish at the Italian Open. After a period of time where I was waking up and not being able to practice, or even swing a club, it was great to play competitively again and I am now very aware that my enjoyment for the game of golf is still there – even after 22 years on tour – and that I still just love hitting good golf shots.
So, with the injury hopefully now a thing of the past, I am able to fully focus on the 2018 season.
I fly out to Hong Kong next week to start preparations for the UBS Hong Kong Open at the end of November and I will then be teeing it up again at the Joburg Open at the start of December.
I finished second at the Joburg Open in 2015, which not only meant I qualified for that years Open Championship it also helped set me up for a really positive year. If I can come away from these next two tournaments with a couple of decent finishes, maybe even claiming one of the spots for Carnoustie, then it will hopefully be a catalyst for me to get back to playing my best golf and to be challenging for more titles in 2018.
Away from the upcoming tournaments I will be spending some time practicing at The Grove over the next few weeks, so maybe I will see you on the first tee soon.
David’s upcoming schedule
UBS Hong Kong Open (23rd November – 26th November)
Joburg Open (07th December – 10th December)
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