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27 JAN 2014
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The new season is here and I hope you're all as excited about it as I am.

We had a great time over the holiday season catching up with friends and family in the US. It was nice to get away from the clubs for a while and mentally recharge, something I haven't done in a couple of years. I've hit the gym hard again over this period and so far haven't broken anything!

Last year we renovated a house to make our new home in Surrey and we are delighted with the progress so far. After our winter break it's great to get back and enjoy using it as my proper base without living in a caravan or having constant work going on every day. However with the weather as it has been in England it's a good job I managed to get the rust off in the US and do some good swing work before heading back home.

After the disappointment at Q school last year it will be a full season on the Challenge Tour this year with hopefully a few European Tour events scattered throughout that I hope to get in through my ranking. My season won't really get going until March/April time which leaves plenty of time to prepare and get my swing where I want it. Hopefully I'll be able to play a bit in February which would be a nice opportunity. Last year ended with me swinging the club the best I have for a couple of years so I'm excited to get playing and continue the momentum I picked up over the last few months of 2013.

Physically I'm in the best shape of my life with the continuous work with my trainer Raph and physio Lily. I'm also much clearer on what needs work more than ever before. It's been interesting playing as badly as I have (not something I recommend) but if you do happen to have a rough period like myself, make sure you learn from it!

What I have learnt is that if I'm in play from the tees then I can compete anywhere; I have driven the ball so poorly over the past couple of years that it has been impossible to recover no matter how good your short game is. Improved driving along with improved mid to long irons (or improved "danger zone" scoring) is the key for me as it always has been. This will lower my bogey rate which means my bad rounds will distinctly improve, that being the key to golf, better bad rounds!

My confidence is coming back and I'm much more decisive and focused on how to achieve these aspects of my game. Since last summer my progress has been positive and I've turned the curve to an upward direction so the goal for 2014 is to keep that progress going. If I improve every month then it's only a matter of time before I get back to the top 50 in the world, and the great thing about golf is every week is an opportunity.

I would like to say thanks to everyone for their continued support, especially Callaway Golf. The constant messages of support mean a lot and I hope to have plenty of good golf for you to enjoy over the coming year.

Oli