February was a bit of a weird month having played no professional golf since the Saudi International finished but, I have to say, after that event I needed a break, it’s been a very intense start to the year.
I took a good week off without touching any clubs and by the end of week I was motivated to get back into gear slowly. It gave me the chance to enjoy myself when practicing and I was soon back in the full swing of things in the gym and out on the golf course playing the sport I love. It’s important to have a life away from golf as well so you must get the balance right and not wear yourself out which gave my girlfriend and I the opportunity to discover Dubai a little bit more. We visited the desert a couple of times, went to Topgolf and took a trip to Miracle Garden which was pretty cool. It’s been great having this opportunity to explore this amazing place and we are loving every single moment.
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Impressed with the new Callaway set up
Having this time off has also given me more time to get more practice under my belt with my new Callaway set up after we entered a partnership earlier this year. I’ve always played Callaway woods ever since I turned professional but I had to adapt to the irons and that process has gone very smoothly thanks to the fantastic team they have in place. I’ve been really impressed with everything they’ve brought to the table and I’ve also seen improvement in my driver and woods, I feel like it has definitely given me the look I like on the club that helps me swing better and faster. Regarding the irons, it was a matter of finding something that matched my eye and I am really happy and surprised with the outcome as I’ve gained 8-10 metres off the tee with a Callaway 2 iron compared to the Srixon 2 iron which is great. When you decide to make a big change with your equipment you never know if it will turn out ok but I gave it a lot of thought and I’m delighted with the outcome which I also think has shown in my game with two top 15 finishes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Delighted to start my 3rd season on Tour announcing the new partnership with @CallawayGolf 💥🏌️♂️Can’t wait to get these fresh clubs on the course @ADGolfChamps #TeamCallaway #EpicSpeed #SpeedFrame #VamosAA pic.twitter.com/cDxfWIWWLd
— Adri Arnaus (@AdriArnaus) January 20, 2021
I travel to Doha next for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters before heading to Kenya for a double-header which I’m really looking forward to. The last time I was there in 2019 it was one of my best weeks on the European Tour as I finished runner up, which was a real confidence booster knowing that I could perform on a Sunday and be in contention at this level. It was very early on in my European Tour career so it’s definitely a week I remember well. When I play in Africa, I feel very lucky to be doing what I’m doing and the people over there show me that being happy is the most important thing – they always have good vibes and I feed on that. I always look forward to playing in these events because the people are so nice and I play well on these types of courses but, with the current restrictions in place, it is going to be pretty intense playing two back-to-back tournaments so we are going to have to be patient and play the best golf we can and hopefully we can finish one place better off than last time.