Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A winning round...At Last!

Surprised a little that it has been a month since posting yet that has been my level a capability of late. Once again my body has faltered under the the strain of the competitive golf this season. No where near as bad as 2013 or 2012 for that matter. Whilst the pain etc sucks it is much better, helps that I am being a lot smarter and the application of my "less is more" approach is working. Friday chicken run and I was stuffed at the beginning, and knew it. So I ambled around enjoying the social side of the game, whilst gently testing the limits of the capability. During the week I had maintained the light range sessions as well as putting and chipping practise. Once again the most affected part of my golf is the short game and putting. This freaking shoulder injury is still crippling the parts of the game which need some finesse. It is fine in practise sessions, the problems are only when playing competition. I can hit drives great with accuracy (also significant distance added at the minute) same with approach shots from 150-100 metres in. Chips from 30 metres in the touch is not there and I can feel the restriction after playing the long shots from the start. Putting is flaming unpredictable at first i thought it was a technique error. Friday's chicken run changed that assertion and yesterday's matchplay round confirmed it, I get an occasional muscle stiffness when putting and that causes a pull to the left. Fortunately having identified it Friday this only stuffed one putt for me all day. Luckily the one hole when I butchered the chipping my opponent was worse. The first hurdle over come, identified the problem exactly now. Winning the Elimination final match play round for Club Handicap Championships, convincingly. Was 6 up and opponent conceded with seven to play. It took a huge effort on my part and I know now what is needed. The oddest thing was I had a Bowen Therapy treatment mid week and it failed. This has thrown me a little as it has been a very successful treatment for over a decade now. Fortunately the Acupuncture/chiropractic treatment is booked for this week and that has been excellent since starting it this year. hit the ball, find the ball, hit the ball Thankyou for your time and attention. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blind golf is better than no golf...

Change in the practise routine this last fortnight instead of me hitting the balls, I was watching them for a mate of mine who is blinded by Stargart disease. His eyesight deteriorated over past years and up until last season was still playing golf off a 14 handicap. Previously he had been down to 3 handicap and a past club champion. A very competent golfer, this year he decided to not renew his membership for several reasons, one being he was not enjoying playing competition golf. His right eye is blind and the left has partial vision and as long as there is somebody to watch the ball in the air he can hit the white blur at his feet that is the ball reasonably well. A month or so ago he contacted Blind Golf SA after hearing about the World Cup of Blind Golf success by Australia. He has decided to have a crack at the game again as a blind golfer and see how far he can go, nationally at the least. His personal goal is to get back to a 3 handicap. Since then he has set up his practise net and been hitting a hundred plus balls a day with the 8 iron only. The first time on the range and after hitting 80 balls the results were good. 75% were in a 25 metre wide grouping at 130 metres. The ball striking is okay the hardest thing is the mental golf thoughts. He still hits the ball with the expectation of a 3 handicapper with sight and has to rationalise that with not being able to see where the ball goes. That is the nub of the frustration,in a way it is about dumbing down the thoughts and have some one else tell you where the ball has gone, then adjust your next shot. Perhaps not the most precise explanation, yet I think most readers could visualise what this means. You are blind folded and over one eye was a small pin prick you could see the ball through. Then you start hitting the balls to the target area and somebody tells you the result how would you go? Out again Thursday with him for the latest session we have made some major changes. It is all to do with the mindset of golf, not his technique. All small things which are a hindrance to a golfer without sight are just as much part of the game for the blind. First was his over use of the hands, As a quality golfer in the past the 'feel' of the swing and contact with the ball has been causing him to over compensate/react. His game was based around a slight draw as the base shot. What was happening with the sight loss was the draw went from 1-2 metres to 15-20 metres. This was all from relying upon the'feel' during the swing and his hands are much more sensitive now and doing too much. This was corrected by playing all the shots from the same spot, putting the ball at the beginning of the divot for each shot. The resulting 'snake' from the divots is straight and more importantly we have established the two shots that are the standard at the minute. within a 15 metre arc there is the slight draw of 1-3 metres and a straight push to the right of 1-12 metres. At this stage the time schedule is another six months of practise before playing competition golf again. Not that my blind mate could not return to golfing right now. It is the need to adjust his game from playing with a sighted attitude to the blind game style that is now required. What is interesting is the amount of golfing drills that involve golfers to practise with their eyes closed or not looking at the ball. This is very helpful in analysing what is required to play golf with out full sight and the various game facets which need to be focused on in preparation. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A fun gig... Australian Pistory II

The Robe Home Brew Festival was a success all round for both the event and myself performing at The Book Shop. Thoroughly enjoyed the gig and the venue itself was sensational. The next shows will be during the "Feast of the Senses" weekend 23-24th of August at The Book Shop. With a special gust appearance of the Bogan Gnu. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Golf injury rehab over...

Rehab is over, I will be still watching out for overdoing the golf effort as the training schedule returns to the optimum effect level. Since cutting back as part of the recovery process my golf has deteriorated, score wise. A good part of that was the result of the injury not from doing less practise. Yesterday I went out and into full flight training testing the limits of my body. Apart from some slight tenderness at the end of the day all was good, the horse liniment was applied liberally afterwards and once again excellent results. Still not craving oats and hay for meals either so there has been no side effects apart from great healing properties. There has been an associated improvement golf wise in the rehab period. Hitting less balls and maintaining the exerciser equipment routines my wrists have finally regained the strength to be able to rip through the swing. This has never been possible in the last 5 years of golfing due to the motor vehicle injuries from the 1980s. Yesterday I was a little thrown with this unexpected ability happening in my swing. With the Dreamswing it was easy to adjust to the change. It took a good workout with the PW and #5 iron, without the Dreamswing attached to realise the swing change was established. It is going to take some adjusting through practise for this to settle in my mind. Went out and played four holes with just a #5 iron to finish the day and the added power in hitting the ball was obvious and really great to experience. This weekend I have a stand up gig so will not play golf on Saturday. It was too good an opportunity to pass by appearing at a Beer Festival. I had no idea there was actually real organised beer Festivals in existence, this could become a religious calling. Actually considering not playing Sunday and dedicating the weekend just to golf practise. I feel this is the best way to regain the playing standard that was in my game prior to the rehab period starting. Hit the ball, Find the ball, Hit the Ball. Thankyou for your time and attention.