Russell Henley said he feels more natural with his golf game after a break.
He hopes that plays itself out in his first full season as a professional.
Henley, the former Stratford and Georgia standout, will hit the Nationwide Tour for his rookie season next month. Before that, he plans to play in a couple of Hooters Tour events to get his game in shape.
“I’ve been blessed to not have any injuries and I’m healthy,” Henley said. “It’s going to be a fun year; I’m excited. I tried to not pick up a club a lot over the holidays. It does a lot for me getting away from the game. When I get away from it and come back to it, I’m not thinking as much and don’t have a bunch of thoughts in my head, and I approach the game a lot more natural.”
The Nationwide Tour’s first three events are in Colombia, Panama and Chile.
But Henley will have plenty of confidence as he starts out on the tour after winning last year on the tour as an amateur at the Stadion Classic in Athens.
“When I won that tournament, I really realized and went back and looked at what I did that week,” Henley said. “For confidence, it’s great when you win a tournament to know you can play with those guys. Before, I knew I could compete, but once you win out there, you feel like you get hungry for more. Once I’ve jumped over that hurdle, now I’m ready for more. The great thing about winning is it motivates you and keeps you going.”