Many people refer to Thanksgiving Eve as Blackout Wednesday or Drinksgiving, and with good reason. Considered as one of the biggest drinking nights in the US, it’s a great time to have fun and get wasted before the upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner. For golfers, it’s even a great opportunity to learn new tips in golf!
But aside from drinking your heart out, there are other activities you can enjoy during this night. So if you’re a health-conscious golfer who wants to have a memorable Thanksgiving Eve, here are a few things you can try doing instead.
Take a Walk or Go Jogging
If you want to skip on drinking this Thanksgiving Eve, then you can try having an extended walk or jog instead. This activity may not seem like much, but it can actually work wonders for your body and mind. Not only is it a great way to burn extra calories, but it will also help uplift your mood. But more importantly, it’s a simple way to strengthen your feet and ankles. As a golfer, you’re all too aware of how important this is at the course.
Do Some Exercises or Stretches
But why stop at your feet and ankles? Since you’re out for a walk or jog anyway, you might as well work out the rest of your muscles. So once you’ve finished your laps, head straight for your home, spread out your mat, get your weights, and start exercising. Try moves that can improve your golfing chops, including seated rotations, lateral pillar bridges, and glute bridges. Don’t forget to do some warm-up and post-workout stretches to maximize the results. Alternatively, you can go hit the gym if you don’t have any equipment at home.
Practice Your Golfing Chops
If you still have time and energy afterward, you can even go to the nearest golf course to practice your swings. Just make sure to pick the course that has proper lighting. If none of those are open (the staff are probably at the bar), then you can practice your skills at home instead. You can even teach your kids a few tips in golf, and maybe get them to like the sport as much as you do.
Check New Products Online
Black Friday is a great time to buy new golf equipment and learn new tips in golf. So if you don’t have the time or inclination to jog, exercise, or practice on Blackout Wednesday, you might as well spend the evening making your shopping list for the upcoming sale. Visit your favorite stores’ websites and see what discounts they’ll offer on that day. You should also learn a few shopping tips, including understanding how price matching works, researching return policies, and what-not. And alongside your shopping list, you should make a detailed itinerary so you can save time while shopping.
Chat With Fellow Non-Drinking Golfers
Afterward, you can also spend the evening chatting with your fellow golfers – at least those who are not at bars. You can either chat with them online or meet up with them at the nearest clubhouse. Have a few snacks with them if you like. And as for topics, you can talk about whatever subject you want to discuss. Don’t just limit your conversations to golfing tips; discuss other interesting stuff.
Read About a New Golf Technique
But if none of your friends are available for Drinksgiving, you can opt to stay at home and learn a new technique instead. With many golf-related websites now-a-days, you won’t have any hard time finding the right page or a new golfing technique. If you can, browse Youtube so you can see how the technique is properly done. Then try replicating the move yourself. You can even teach your kids the new technique, if you want to spice things up a little.
Watch the Latest Golf Tournament
Or you can just relax and watch TV for the night. If you like, you can watch the latest golf tournament. In case you don’t already know, Phil Mickleson finished first during the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, beating Eli Manning during the last playoff. To find out who wins in the next tournament (The RSM Classic and the Hero World Challenge), you need to stay tuned.
Watch Something With Your Family
But if you don’t like watching golf on TV, you can watch a good movie or TV show with your family instead. With Netflix, Disney Plus, and other streaming services, finding the right show won’t be hard to do. Some of the best ones to watch right now include Narcos: Mexico, Squid Game, No Time to Die, and more. But if you’re watching with kids, best stick with family-friendly ones like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Vivo, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Help With the Thanksgiving Preparations
Or you can do something useful and help out with the Thanksgiving preparations. Help your partner with the turkey roast (assuming that’s what you’ll be having). You can also make the gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, non-alcoholic drinks, and dinner rolls, then refrigerate it for the next day. Or you can focus on prepping up the utensils and cookware needed to prepare the meals. But if you’re not confident with your culinary skills, you can just focus on preparing the table for the dinner. You can also take over the home cleaning and decoration, as well as the itinerary for the dinner.
Do Some Other Productive Stuff
Speaking of being useful, try doing other stuff on Thanksgiving Eve. These include helping your kids with their assignment, fixing a couple of broken home appliances, and giving your spouse a nice foot massage (and have them give you one, too).
Enjoy Thanksgiving Eve Without Drinking
Having a few rounds at the bar is a great way to spend the night before Thanksgiving Day, there’s no doubt about that. But if you’re not an alcohol enthusiast, then better do something else. If you don’t know which activities to try out, then start with the ten listed above. Who knows, you might even learn a few tips in golf while having fun.