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Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:35 PM
Good luck Tal
Posted 06 May 2018 - 07:39 PM
Just home after a thirteen hour day! Damn I would not even work this hard in business, golf is much more valuable of course. Won the Club Championship, back to back 4 up with three to play in a 36 hole match play competition. Very satisfied, winning does that. Left the club dinner quietly and early, a gracious exit as the pain is beginning to hit home now. A more detailed description of the battle to win will come in the next few days. WINNERS ARE GRINNERS.
Posted 06 May 2018 - 10:50 PM
Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:13 AM
It certainly was Mick, not easy by no means and I held on to win after a tough battle all day.
Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:13 AM
I agree, no modesty after the battle Weetie
Posted 07 May 2018 - 12:51 PM
The day after the Championship Round and feeling better after an hour so far on the TENS machine, will be a bit more this week another Bowen treatment will be perfect. First a little gloat, c'mon back to back Club Championships are tough asks. A few things did fall my way in the draw with a couple of favorites unavailable after qualifying. Interesting fact is that most likely would have been playing one of them certainly in the first round as I qualified top and they had poor qualifying rounds.
Good fortune in that I played the better golfers in the semis, the reality was my body was stuffed after qualifying. The past few weeks I have been covering it well. Played the 36 holes in a cart after getting the doctors note. As most members are used to me playing 18 holes and know that struggling to play more walking is definitely fixed with the cart use, was a bluff that came off. None knew how badly I had injured my arm two weeks ago, swinging a club hurt often. Was almost out of deep heat by the end of the day! Again that pig headed obstinate trait of mine came to the fore and got me over the line.
A championship over 36 holes a game of stamina and attrition. I made one equipment change that gave me an advantage. All season I have played with Callaway supersoft balls in competition. Effortless to hit and play a round within my capability and not stress the body. Yesterday I played with PRO v balls after a final warm up of 6 holes Saturday. That gave me an extra 20 plus metres of the tee all day and pressure was on my opponent as he had elected to not use any more than a 4 iron second up and was short of most greens. Managed to drive well off the tee all day, regularly stuffed second shots to the green it was beyond my ability. The months of chipping and putting practise paid off regularly chipping to 10-40 cm of the hole. My opponent spent most of the day having to drop amazing putts to halve holes. While I had two putts to get a half and made the one putt often to get the win. Even so after 18 holes it was all square.
Lunch break stop was the key, after which I was refreshed, had my opponents measure and ready to throw 100% into the remaining holes. Match play is an exciting test of a golfers capability, I have a set routine well outlined in past posts on how I prepare to play tournaments and championships. In match play I have a simple playing format: 1) I concentrate on my current shot then the next shot at all times. 2) Not interested in the shots my opponent plays or their outcome, just how many they have. Following lunch after eight holes I was four up, lost the ninth hole being too aggressive for a birdie over 5 metre putt shaved the hole, for a loss and was 3 up with 9 to play. Knew I had my win pretty much by then at best my opponent could be all square with 6 to play and that would take more than he had in the tank.
Started the back nine with a loss, then won the next two four up with six holes to play. The next two holes were halved. On the 13th I had two putts for a half, played it easy on a down hill putt, safety not glory. On the 14th par three opponent had a long chip to the pin, did well and dropped a testing putt for par. I was 4 metres from the pin and two shots for par. In fact not getting the second putt did not even cross my mind. The 15th, 358 metre par four was the penultimate hole, I was four up with four to play. Drive down the centre, opponent 30 metres behind played his second to be 50 metres from pin. My second 2 metres off front of green, He put his third 4 metres from pin, mine chipped 40-60 cm from hole. Missed his putt leaving me with an easy two puts for a half and win 4 up with three to play.
Worth every bloody minute spent getting over the line during the past three months. Now setting my glf up for rest of the season. Reality is my body has reached a limit and need to pace my play. I believe a Club Champion has obligations to contest competition club events, The Handicap Championship is first up, then a break to the Club Open and I also have won my third consecutive Invitation to the Village Classic Event in November (3 handicap or less). In coming weeks will formulate a preparation schedule for playing these three events. The key is to get into that single digit handicap of 6 which I am capable of playing to regularly now. Then push to be able to have a red hot go at breaking that in the Village Classic.
Posted 20 May 2018 - 07:57 PM
First round in competition, since the club championship win today. I have an attitude that the club champion has certain obligations in representing and competing in some events during the season. At present I am still recovering from the strain resulting from playing the event a fortnight ago. This weekend though is the annual Milton Hall shield between my Home club Robe and Beachport. Milton was a life member at both clubs and this event alternates each year since 2003, never has the traveling club been victorious. They are close fought battles and played in the great spirit and camaraderie very social and good fun before during and after.
I played the chicken Run 9 holes on Friday and decided after 16 points that I could get through 18 holes and contribute to our challenge to win the event. A very close yes or no decision dear readers, the shoulder and elbow injuries are still difficult to deal with. Back home now and the ice is on them now to relieve the discomfort as I type. Was happy with my game all day except for one hole, the par 5 14th. Hit a great tee shot and decided to hit driver again second, which is not a problem for me. Hit it fat and made 20 metres, then hit the driver again same result. Finished with a tree wood, chip on and two putts for a seven. My only wiped hole for the day and a total brain fade, I just felt as though I had nothing in the tank after the drive and lost focus.
After which I came home solidly, as I expected to do with no problems. Finished with 33 points on the day, the shield is decided by the top ten men's and ladies scores combined. It is usually a close run event winning score is only separated by 10 to 20 points. This year as the traveling club we were victorious! Fantastic and whilst I am suffering a little, the win certainly is a soothing balm. Final score 310, we were winners by 7 points to the Beachport club's 303. I was in the top 5 scores for my club and whilst I have not seen the final tally, pretty confident it got down to high scores in the twenties. So my score made a difference.
Golf is a social club game and it is great to have that connection with people whom I never do much with except golf.
Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:46 AM
Good grief I am in golf world again! It feels like forever since I have last had this sensation of mental nirvana when considering my next golf rounds. Such a great feeling, in fact I first noticed it about 20 minutes ago when looking up from the pc screen and having finished writing a work piece. A look out the window, joined with a simultaneous "GOLF" lighting up my front brain. Followed by that calm anticipation of anything to do with being outside "golfing".
There was a very brief arm flex, to sense any discomfort. Felt nothing unexpected recovery is progressing well from the most recent wear and tear. My mind was at light speed and before the physical test, was already at the "can I get out and have a hit now or wait until the afternoon?" Yeah I can be told to care about so many issues and stuff around me but golf is number one. Even when it is a choice between taking my next breath and hitting a perfect golf shot, the line is finely drawn. The next breath just gets in because more golf follows. It is an obsession I nurture at all opportunities.
This weekend is the Monthly medal and first round of qualifying for the Handicap Club Championship. A stroke round and after last weekend am in good form. Think I will get a bit of the standard competition practice in over the next few days. Having experienced that my game form is holding well after the recent rest period very satisfied with the performance plan I am applying for the following weeks. Hey, this is of course another valuable piece of career training in action! That is only half joking and actually is almost a 100% fact. Some may say that being very competitive in your business approach is a bit harsh, not bloody me dear readers. I have a business plan that has progressed with some very definite influence from how I prepare to win in golfing.
The standard chipping and putting routine will be the core again for practise, still limiting the shoulder/arm action from hitting long irons and drivers. Will do no more than 20 odd balls in the net for set up and technique. Not satisfactory for what is needed to improve the greens in regulation needed to get into the 6 or less zone. This is a concession to lasting the season and playing the "long game" as opposed to a sprint.
Posted 31 May 2018 - 11:43 AM
Well dear readers today it is "off to the chiropractor day". Being the recipient of several long term broken bits combined with a very intense past two months work and golf wise, it has been difficult to get a fix on what was needed to do the repairs of late. I have not golfed the past two weekends and done no more than chipping and putting practise. Which is a proven game winning routine that maintains my standard and sets up future handicap improvement.
The shoulder was healing slowly and that alone was not an issue. The right elbow though it appears has been a total mis-read on my part. Was of the opinion that the problem came from a period of intense mouse use on the PC which had caused an RSI type problem. Had this in the past and overcame it in due time with moderate treatment and rest. As with most amateur golfers the casualness of our golf is part of the appeal, it is only life and death when playing, dreaming and thinking about the game. Unfortunately these most important pursuits are sometimes smothered mercilessly by irritating incursions of careers and families, into golf time.
The elbow pain was first noticed mid week and assumed it to be a result of the working environment. As it was also a very intense period of product development my golf brain was in forced hibernation. Following the chipping putting routine at the time to prepare for the Championship match play was all I could spare. Now a couple of weeks after it has been resolved with some free thinking time to find when the injury was first caused. It came about from a couple of fat shots being hit that strained both the shoulder and elbow, a couple of months ago. With the distraction from work, the injury was not recognised and treatment followed through with. The weakness affected my swing and sure enough there followed more than a few other fat mishits at full power which acerbated the injury.
Again "less is more" has assisted in my golfing with the non playing of competition and maintaining the practise routine. With out the distraction of competition focus the injury problem was identified and not a muscle strain of some type. There is some joint issue from the mishits in both the elbow and shoulder, which on their own would have been identified and fixed. In tandem with the pain, competition and career distractions the obvious was clouded at the time.
Posted 20 June 2018 - 10:31 PM
At last back out in a competition round on the weekend. In retrospect the decision to play was a stumbling tentative choice that was close to being a no show. The latest injury flareup has been a tipping point, confirming a self protective approach to playing golf. Not quite settled that this how I play today, even after years of over reaching physical capability and suffering the consequences.
Yet on Sunday once out on the course and a rusty performance on the first nine, the back nine was a standard performance that could have been better also. The past fortnight has been devoid of the standard practicing routine, which showed in the rounds performance. The front nine had 5 too many putts and a couple of recovery shots , the back nine played to my handicap including at least 2 too many putts and a couple of recovery shots as well.
Instead of being frustrated, it was pleasing to realise that my best golf is not that difficult to achieve.This week has seen a return to the chipping and putting routine, day one was a stretch with some discomfort. Day two stepped up to the driving range with the driver. Time to finally have a full powered hitting session in practise. Only hit 20 balls and the result was 70% accuracy for hitting the fairway, with no discomfort. There is still some way to go and regain the best form, the path is mapped out for practising to attain the goal.
Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:51 PM
Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:51 AM
Back home after a week away, a refreshing trip to Queensland for a break. No golf whatsoever and this certainly assisted in continuing shoulder injury to recover. This weekend is the annual club trip to Lucindale for their open on Sunday. Will be defending my win in the B grade at last years event I just realised. Looking forward to this added challenge to the day. Have had a few successes at this course since 2009. It s a very interesting layout., fairways lined with towering gums and native bush.
The greens are always set for fast paced putting and that is an added test. Will be fun even in the middle of winter to get out and enjoy the round.
Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:19 PM
Had a refreshing practice routine this week. Been a bit of rain whole away up north, stayed on the practice green and fairway. Nothing more than the standard chipping, putting, mid iron and driver tune up after a week without ant practice. Felt good overall, no painful niggles from the recovering shoulder injury. Avoided playing the 9 hole chicken run today, business meeting so that is a good thing to keep me away from the course. Instead can have a few holes Saturday after a session of chipping and putting at this stage.
Was happy with most of the tune up practice this week. Putting is still not sharp enough and that can be rectified Saturday. Chipping was okay, using both the PW and 54 degree was more than necessary. Wanted to hone the versatility of shots available around the green though. The session wit the 7 iron on the practice fairway was a lot of fun. Still get a burst of satisfaction from the consistency I hit the ball with today. I recall those early days only a decade ago, the balls flying left, right, along the ground and occasionally on target. Today a solid grouping of accurate shots with consistent distance that will give an average round. Yet I know that I am only a little away from a major score improvement with a modicum of extra practice. That realization melted away the frustration of the past months, of having to hold back as the shoulder improved.
This morning brought the big test with the usual trepidation that comes with taking the driver to the tee block. This is initially a mental battle every time to begin. Not for long, once I do a series of warm up stretches all is good. During the warm up I feel every thing moving better than it dd a decade ago and know I am in better condition than ever was expected. Set up with 15 balls and away I go, the first 2-3 swings are moderate, getting the tempo, set up and swing ready to play the best shots. Why 15 balls? How many times do you use a driver in a round at your course, 14 to 15 off the tee I would expect. That is a part of my practice principle. Putting and chipping win golf games and you play those sots most often in a round to get the optimum result. With a reliable tee shot routine and stroke I practice to hit 15 balls on the fairway, Today I got 10 on target down the centre, 3 were no more than 2 metres off a narrow practice fairway. These three showed my controlled fade is easily to call on, so I am set to play a good hole off the tee with 13 of fifteen tee shots. The two bad tee shots were mishits that came from poor set up and why I practice, to stop them.
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