Posted 25 November 2011 - 10:21 PM
A lot of you guys know me pretty well by now, and have seen my golf game in action (not pretty at times, but sometimes it can have flashes of sheer and utter ...... goodness) so some of this may not be news to some.
Anyway, back to the start, and I started playing golf socially way back in the dark ages, as a teenager, (playing right handed incidentally), but other sports and life, generally got in the way for at least the next decade or two. I did manage to spend the odd year in my 20’s and early 30’s perfecting the “recovery shot” up at Royal Olinda. There’s nothing like hitting the ball in one direction and then walking off in another, cause you know that’s where you’re ball will end up ..... either due to the slope of the ground, or to my perennial wild slice back then.
A couple o years ago, I stumbled across some mildly amusing golf forum just at the point where I was playing a bit more frequently and looking to improve. I also had my one, and to date, only golf lesson ...... which consisted of the local golf pro (henceforth to be dubbed Eric the Idle) instructing me in how to hit the draw shot, thereby eliminating my 40 year slice.
The sum of Eric’s coaching consisted of one sentence ..... “try to hit the ball over mid on, instead of over covers”. For a former opening batsman of some distinction, the dusty light bulb turned on instantly, and Eric quickly departed back to the clubhouse ..... to continue on with his idle ways.
It was about this time that I decided, with much encouragement from my ISG brethren to also get an official handicap. (I’d call it nagging, but let’s not split hares, as that would be bloody and messy, and likely to draw the attention of the RSPCA)
So, sadly for me, after finding some good form over a recent xmas period, I put in my three Howlong holiday scorecards and lo and behold, received a starting handicap of 11. A few weeks later and I started playing in a regular comp at Centenary Park in Frankston with a few ne’er-do-wells. One good back nine later (-3) that resulted in an overall 42 pointer, and sixty dollar winner’s voucher ... and my handicap suddenly shot from 11 down to 4.8 overnight ....... and took with it, any semblance of my golf game.
For the next several months I was trying to play catch-up off every tee, and this only made things worse. I’d occasionally throw together nine holes which were also pretty good, but the other nine’s were fraught with blowouts including the odd lost spheroid, as I was forever hitting them flat out in order to catch up to my handicap.
Also during this time I attended my first “Club Ho” meeting ....... sneaking in the back door with cap pulled down low, and sitting quietly in the back row, as I listened to Dave_1, L4G, and others tell of their addictions, and how they too, fought hard to stop themselves from clicking that seductive “Buy now” button. (I had by now started to gather drivers, as I worked my way from regular whippy shafts, through to more rigid poles, along with also trialling various driver lofts. I’d also upgraded my iron set a couple of times .........and bought the odd associated golfing gadget, as well as a golfing wardrobe that has become the envy of all.)
My regular comp game at Centenary was interrupted around this time, by concurrent injuries to my playing partners (at least that’s what they told me) ... so I was rendered homeless for six months or so, and became something of a wandering nomad, finding solace instead, in regular games in the windblown golfing mecca’s of The Dunes, Moonah Links and St. Andrews Beach.
Interspersed with all of this, was ISG and the 2011 season, with OOM events, Outer Rim games (we’ve got to find a better term for them), and other ad hoc games with my fellow ISG’ers ...... as well as social Sunday afternoon and mid week post work 9’s with the beloved .. henceforth to be known as “the beloved” ............ up at our local course, Beaconhills.
Indeed I’d played a fair bit of golf up at Beacy over the years, (including back in the days when they had 2 complete 18’s, The Hills, and the Lakes) and so with Wasabipea’s encouragement, (and with it being very handy for both comp games, and for use as a training practice venue) ....... I bit the bullet and have recently joined up as a fully fledged 7 day member ...... or 8 day clock, (it was one of the other, I can’t remember which one exactly).
Anyway, I am due to play my first comp round at Beacy bright and early this Saturday morning, and walking onto the course last night for a training run with the beloved, I found the greens had just been sanded and cored. How’s that for timing?
With a shiny new, Yes Victoria II putter also in the bag to test out for the first time (I’m a ho, and I need help) ........ it was always going to be hard to get a feel for it on those greens, so the plan for Saturday’s first comp game at Beacy, is to try and leave myself with short putts and not long ones.
And that I think guys and girls ......... brings us up to date.
I shall endeavour to cast my pearls before you with great frequency, and indeed, I shall willingly, and eagerly, accept your comments, advice and banter .........let the games commence