Coming out of golf hibernation this spring has been hard. Having not touched a club for 4+ months put some serious rust on the game. The first round I played was the best of the short season to date, and scores have been progressively getting worse.
Today I tweaked my back somewhere between getting out of the car in the parking lot of the course and the first tee. I’ve been rubbing the lower back vigorously in the shower with soapy (thus slippery) hands to work the knots and inflammation. On the course I tried the same thing but didn’t have soapy hands and did it on top of my golf shirt. In a few seconds I’d done it so hard I took a half-inch wide chunk of flesh off my knuckle. So then I had back pain and a nasty flesh wound on my knuckle. Golf is tough.
On the range before the round a swing thought came into my head from out of the sky once told me by an old golf buddy who moved away years ago, “narrow your stance.” I tend to have a wide stance and it might creep wider and wider. I’ve been quite inaccurate with the irons this year, and hitting lots of fat shots and even 3 shanks. I’ve gone years without one shank. I narrowed the stance on the range and nuked a 4-iron almost to the end of the range.
On the course I hit the irons tremendously for the most part. Nearly jarred my 2nd shot on the 2nd hole. The greens were so bloody fast though, I missed the nearly gimme birdie.
As the round progressed I hit a lot of great iron shots, but started to fight the back spasms. Starting on the back every few swings was a bizarre “protect the back” swing, which doesn’t work well. Just ask Tiger Woods. I lost a few strokes to par because of those few swings, but managed 77.
77 for me normally is a mediocre round, but as rusty as I am, simply breaking 80 for the first time was a major step in the right direction. The number is somewhat a representation of the round, but is much less important to me than the feel of hitting solid irons and executing shots. That’s much more rewarding.
Positive thoughts at the moment, but the back is very, very stiff.
Sunday services today took me up Parley’s Canyon between Salt Lake and Park City, to Mountain Dell. There are two courses there, the Lake and the Canyon. I enjoyed a slightly brisk and quite windy round there, going through the process of resurrecting my dead golf game.
I busted out the PB&J on about the 11th hole.
On the 12th tee I reached for the 2nd half, but found that the 2nd half was gone.
On the 14th I found the culprit, a MOOSE! Hard to see, but he’s in the trees.
I may not have played the best golf, but it was nice to be out in nature sharing my lunch with the wildlife.
This photo of Rory McIlory sums up how I’m feeling about my golf game at the moment.
The word to best describe my golf game right now is probably the most-used word by President Trump: disaster. After four+ months of not even swinging a golf club over the winter, the golf game has gone into deep hibernation. Come to think of it, I don’t think I even looked at a golf club in four months.
I’m not sweating it too badly because I know every spring it takes a while to get my game back. I’m sure by the time winter comes and it’s time to shut it down again, my game will be getting close.
I’m going to be sporting some proper threads for my apparel scripting today (if you don’t know what apparel scripting is, use the search function here). The latest in my golf apparel review queue is the Devereux Cameron Golf Polo.
Devereux Cameron polo
The photo doesn’t really do it justice. The colors and look are much better in person. Maybe I’ll post a selfie later today. That’s what the young kids do these days.
I’ll be putting this golf polo to the test and posting a full review soon, so stay tuned.
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I dislike wearing shoes and socks when it’s hot here in the desert. My shoe-less, sock-less après golf footwear scripting looks to be solid for this summer, thanks to ahhSoles. “aahSoles?” I see what you did there, LOL.
It’s a little too cold at the moment to think about flip flops. The big snow we got over the weekend has melted though, and I hope to be golfing later this week. Soon here in northern Utah it will be hot, and I normally like to air out the feet after walking 18 holes.
Stay tuned for my aahSoles review soon.