Year End – Update

As I write this, the golf season has finally ended and it’s now time to enjoy Christmas with my family. It’s also a good time to look back and remember what an interesting and exciting year it was, and also to prepare for the coming season.

First up, my last event of the year was the Franklin Templeton Shootout a.k.a. the Shark Shootout where I partnered up with my good friend Retief Goosen. We certainly didn’t play our best but we had a great time. We’ve played together in the past in Presidents Cups but this time, it was almost a comedy of errors, especially in the alternate shot. We couldn’t buy a putt – he’d hit one to six feet and I’d miss. I’d hit one to eight feet and he’d miss. All we could do was laugh and shake our heads.No matter the score, playing in that event is always a great privilege and it’s a fun way to end the year.

Before the calendar changes, however, I’m already working towards the new season. One big step was to get new gear. The folks at TaylorMade built me a new set of irons, which I’ll put into play in January. They are essentially the same as my last ones with some updated technology and I’m thrilled with how they feel. I’ve also made the switch to the TaylorMade 430 R15 driver, which I’m loving. It’s really helping me get the spin I need off the clubface for distance and control.

Right now, my plan is to start my season on the West Coast and play almost all the events there. I want to try and get into the flow of week to week. It’s also easy for me to play and get home Sunday night which means more time at home. That’s something I can’t do once we shift to Florida.

I’m going to be spending the first few weeks in 2015 training hard and preparing my body so I don’t have any injuries – I’ve already been hard at work at it and my trainer has put together a solid plan for me. Last year I had some nagging injuries that flared up and I found that not only did it affect that particular week, but also the next one as I tried to recover while playing. I want to avoid that this time out and play healthy week-in and week-out although I realize that I’m not a kid any more.

Of course I have also been working on my game and trying to build on the good stuff that happened last year and the work I did earlier with Martin Ayers. I haven’t actually seen Martin for a while now and that’s by design. Together we built a good plan and I’ve been working on that primarily on my own. I’m excited about the progress I’m making and I think I’m more enthused about this coming year than I have been for any in the last little while.

Off the course, this was also an exciting year. I’m particularly proud of the retail store we opened for my winery in the Niagara region. Calling it a retail store doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a wonderful centre where you can come and taste test our award-winning wines and also see some official Weir memorabilia. There are lots of my trophies, clubs and other items from my career and so if you like golf and wine, this is the perfect place to come and visit. We’ll continue to add more to the experience in the coming years. We’ve already done a number of events there from receptions to food truck tastings to weddings and are hoping to do more next year. So I’m inviting all my fans to come and visit us if you’re in the area.

With so many wonderful things going on in my life, I’m extremely thankful to the folks who have helped make it happen – my sponsors. So a very big thank-you to Thomson-Reuters, TaylorMade, RBC, Bayer, Booster Juice and Titleist. I couldn’t do it all without your help and partnerships.

For the next few weeks, it’s going to be family time at the Weir household. When you’re on the road as much as I am, every day you can spend with your family is cherished. So we’ll do some skiing and get ready for Christmas and enjoy the time together.

I hope that you’ll be able to do the same with your family. And, at this special time of the year, I also encourage you to help out those who aren’t as fortunate. Make a donation to a food bank, invite someone who is alone into your home, give to the charity of your choice or help out an elderly neighbour.

I can’t thank you enough for all your support over the past year. It means a great deal to me and I know it will help me in 2015.

Thanks – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Mike