Bendigo golfer Andrew Martin was eager to get back out on the fairway after nearly two months of no access to courses.
Last weekend there was no where else he wanted to play than back home on some of the Bendigo district's hidden gems.
Martin made the trip to Axedale to play in the club's first Saturday competition since restrictions were lifted.
"It was a great opportunity to get back out on the course and have some fun with a couple of my mates," Martin said.
"It was really the perfect day for a hit. The sun was shining, it was around 18 degrees and the course was in perfect condition."
Club golfers might be able to get back onto the course, but at a professional level there is still uncertainty as to when tournaments will recommence.
"It's great to be able to get out and play for practice but the feeling among most golfers is that it still could be quite a while before tournaments are back up and running," Martin said.
One of the biggest challenges for Martin, and golfers across the country, was maintaining form while in lockdown.
Most golfers set up some kind of an at-home practice facility, but Martin said there was nothing better than the real thing.
"The first few weeks were all good, but after a while I got over just hitting the ball into a small net," he said.
"It's always hard to know exactly what's happening unless you have a proper full swing and can see the ball flight.
"It's always a lot different once you're out on the course and see it in action."
However, Martin knows exactly what it will take to get his swing back to a-grade form.
Under the guidance of coach Darren Cole, he is focused on the repetition of his swing.
"After a couple of months off my swing doesn't quite feel the same as when I am playing everyday, " Martin said.
"My plan is to get my swing in check first and focus on repetition.
"I am not too concerned about technique but I want to spend a fair bit of time on the range first to get some muscle memory back.
"Sometimes it's best to focus on getting the swing in check first before spending too much time out on the course.
"I've never really been a fan of spending too much time out on the course focusing on results when I am still refining parts of the swing."
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