- Hit 20 balls at the driving range.
- Watch a video or two on driving/pitching/putting, etc.
- Practice putting at the public course's practice green.
- Practice my grip on the car steering wheel (sadly, I can do that for far more than 10 minutes a day while stuck in L.A. traffic).
A new kind of family time: For me to find 10 minutes, one day I told my son we'd need to stop at the driving range after school. He is not a golfer, so I thought there'd be a little whining. Instead, he asked if he could get a bucket of balls, too, and hit some himself. Well, he hit a whole bucket and asked to come back the next day, too. We've been a few times and I may have a new recruit. It never would have happened had I not been doing my 10 minutes of golf.
Familiarity: just doing something golf-related regularly kept it fresh so there wasn't that fear of getting back to it. It felt like I was building momentum. I know this is true in the rest of my life as well — dabbling regularly in our home finances makes it less daunting than if I only look at it when desperate.
Confidence: Dedicating just a little time a day, I felt more prepared and capable. When I did go out to the par-3 at the end of the month, I felt a little surer that I knew what I was doing.
A new kind of "friend" time: Now that my game is a little more respectable, I'm more likely to suggest a round at the par-3 as a place to get together. Rather than lunch or coffee, golf can be a way to catch up with friends and do something sporty, too.
Control: I used to have a feeling like, "Who knows what's going to happen out there today?" Bad shots were a mystery — I had no idea how they happened or what to do about them. After the month, I began to understand my game a little better.
Indulged: If only for 10 minutes a day. It was nice to take a break from the have-to's of the day and do something just for me.
And finally, drum roll please…
- Accomplished: I got better! Before September, I was hitting around 40 (sometimes as high as 45) on the par-3 course (that's about five shots per hole). At my September 29 round, I shot a 35. I had a birdie (one under par) and a par during that round — my average went to less than four strokes per hole!
While I don't think I can (or want to) sustain 10 minutes a day on golf, I do think I can work into my schedule to play the par-3 more regularly — I even have a golf date set up for this week. It took the "intense" month to get me up to speed but now I think I can make little improvements over time.