Brewers Pitchers Hit the Links During Downtime in Spring Training
If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you probably know that, in addition to baseball, I have a passion for golf.
And, for the past two seasons, I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying some of our pitchers to the golf course during their downtime and this year was not an exception.
The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and all those Cactus League games.
However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.
With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.
On this Brewers roster, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links when they have time to spare so I joined Will Smith, Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale.
If you’ll recall, the Westin Kierland is where Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and I played last year and where got to try out their ultra-fun Golfboards.
They also have Golf Bikes, which, even though we didn’t ride them for the round, looked like a lot of fun:
Before we hit the links, the players gathered to test out drivers on the range, using ProFIT, which uses Doppler radar technology to help check club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and accuracy. Tyler Haynes, Head Teaching Professional at The Westin Kierland Golf Club, was on hand to give the guys tips and tricks to help improve their golf game.
Given that baseball is a numbers and angles game, too, the guys were quite into it.
Following that experience, we headed out to the course:
Of the group. Corey played the best and shot an 80.
It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.
Whether it’s golf, fishing, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.
Special thanks to Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your course!