Monday, December 04, 2017
No golfing this past weekend. After the chiropractic treatment on Friday and the remarkable effect that had discretion was the sensible path to chose. Once again the focus was upon my hip and groin problems and that has led to me standing taller with immediate effect. The follow up appointment with the doctor today was good with regard to my back and the long term injury effects. Yes it is a fact there is deterioration, yes it is a fact that I am in less pain than I was twenty years ago before the deterioration began to take effect. Further X-ray are not needed the Hip/Groin problems is part of the Right adductor tendonosis identified in a 2014 Ultra Sound. I would appreciate an Ultra Scan of my left hip but that was not approved, just have to deal with that decision in my own time and way. "Adductor tendonitis is a condition characterized by tissue damage and sometimes swelling to the adductor tendon at its attachment to the pelvis resulting in groin pain. Most patients with adductor tendonitis heal well with appropriate physiotherapy and return to normal function in a number of weeks. Tendinosis is a noninflammatory degenerative condition that is characterised by collagen degeneration in the tendon due to repetitive overloading. These tendinopathies, therefore, do not respond well to anti-inflammatory treatments and are best treated with functional rehabilitation. The best results occur with early diagnosis and intervention. Occasionally, rehabilitation can take significantly longer and may take many months in those who have had their condition for a long period of time." Of course due to late identification and lack of defined treatment details offered or supplied it is up to me to follow this up. Yes dear readers that is a fact of life when it comes to medical service. When it comes to golf nothing is left out in my search for improvement. Today was a new adventure after a casual six holes in the morning. I am going to pay with a little stiffness tonight following a 60 ball range session this afternoon. This was brought on by a new set of irons. The Taylor Made RSi 2 set are fine make no doubt. For a bit of a change as I relax I have been hitting my Powerbilt Scotchblade set. Enjoy the extra distance these deliver but they take a bit more work to play well with. A mate of mine has just added a set of Nike Vapor combo pro irons to his bag dropping out a barely used set of blades. Always enjoy a hit with different clubs and these have been a pleasure. So much so it was a trip back to the future, in 2009 I won my first of three club handicap championships. Playing off a high to mid 20's hcp I think, hitting a three iron off the tee. Did not even carry a driver then dear readers. Hitting the 6 and 5 irons on the range I just had an urge to use the three iron in the set. I have not even carried this iron for years most sets stop at a four iron and hybrids are in golfers bags. Twenty balls later and the distance was good and the accuracy was great only four trckled off the fairway into the rough. Distance obviously was varied max 180 metres, most 170 metre mark, it is summer and a lot more run so I an keen on gaming the three iron. I have a mate who won a few championships in his day (2 hcp) and used a 2 iron off the tee. With my improved golfing ability seven years later I am going to explore this direction over summer. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff
Dear Readers, May the 7th 2017 was the 36 hole match play club championship which I won 4 up with 2 to play. It has taken 30 years to win a club championship. The most awesome of experiences, at the end I was slightly overcome and then bounced back to a numbness that got me through the past couple of hours. Then to home showered and feeling the pleasure of this success. I had a plan, be 6 up after 27 holes and I was in with a chance. Had to get a doctors certificate to play in a cart, club rule for championships. Fact is, I would not have played 9 holes well if walking and game lost by mid twenties. Damn it I made the target 6 up after 27 with a 75 on the first 18 holes. Not bad golfing for man who has slipped out to 11 hcp in the past nine months. The injuries the golf were all fading on the last nine losing 4 in succession. Then on the 14th hole my practise and concentration delivered a birdie chip in back to 3 up with 4 to go, then a halved hole on the 15th followed by a win on the 16th and I am the 2017 club champion. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Robe SA App was released in a test version a couple of weeks ago. It is available free download in The ITunes Store - iphone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/robe-sa/id1141418584 The Android version is available in the Google store link- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p3570JA The Windows Phone version is currently being listed and should be available for download in 2-3 days.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Dear readers, Time flies when you're having fun. The third and final round of Southern Ports was a battle, after a week of accuracy off the tee it disappeared as the dodo have from the planet. The one course where all you need is to put the ball on the fairway and the game is yours, was where the extinction accuracy decided to happen. Even so my game was not too shabby and I scraped together a passable score from regions of a golf course that are less visited by humans than the moon. The end result is of course all delivered at the presentation of the weeks trophies. In the over all tally finished a credible 7th place in the A grade nett score after the three rounds. the grand total of 6 strokes too many dear readers, quite simply two strokes too many on each day. There was definitely a period of reflection, mourning and analysis after coming so close once again. On the upside, there always is in golf for the second year in a row I won the Youngs Menswear trophy which is no easy task. Being a progressive nearest the pin for all three grades on one par three. Yes dear readers that was the epitome of my accuracy which was the linchpin of my game for two of the three days. It was only the absence off the tee on the third day which brought me undone. Moving on has been a gradual process since the first week of March, was simply golfed out in many aspects. and the hunger and passion to play was lacking. Even so I have ambled around for a couple of mediocre rounds and gradually returned to the practise areas to hone my game.As always the cycle resumes and success with it. Yesterday was a trip to Millicent a course which in my early days playing off high 20's handicaps destroyed my golfing game. Interesting experience with the past round knowledge. The accuracy off he tee is back and yet hitting the ball so well it was often going long off the fairway into minor trouble. It was then I recalled a couple of previous rounds at the Millicent Open playing with +1 golfers who used other clubs besides drivers off the tee. Golf is about a consistent routine and at times that can become a rut. Every course is different and the awareness of the difference can be buried in the myriad of other attention grabbers. It is one of the main reasons why I play other courses, it forces me to look at how I play golf in relation to a location instead of a generalised set of actions for the game. There is that moment of surprise still when i realise I can play the shots required to be a good golfer. The turning point for me was last Sunday battling around the course, that led to yesterdays success. It was with 4-5 holes to go the comment passed over my lips, "today is not so bad, hell only 3 years ago this would have been a good score for me!" Yesterday playing off a 9 handicap I scored 81 gross for a nett 72 par for the course. It took good shots with every aspect of my game, off the tee, off the fairway, out of bunkers and putting. Golf, it beats the crap outa reality. Thankyou for your time and attention, Geoff