Here I am stuck in my study, not able to really play. Unfortunately, I let myself get too excited about the improvements I had made in the past 4 months to give myself any rest.
This happened before, but since I was using the wrong muscle group it led to true injuries. This time it's just that jelly feeling and weakness from muscle fatigue, which started about 4 weeks ago, but ignored it because there were exciting golf things going on at the time.
I am hoping that by documenting the recovery process, it will prevent me from doing this again.
Bad things happen when a person continues to try to perform the same things with over-worked muscles. Here are the bad things:
- Excitement: Learning to swing correctly is a really rewarding process. You feel on top of the world
- Losing distance: Didn't really matter because I could recover from this with clubbing up.
- Losing accuracy: Okay, this cost me a few strokes
- Bad Shots: Getting worse, but it still does not stop me from playing
- Bad Swing: This is the final stage, where everything falls apart. Just could not swing to save my life.
Stopped: after one day of "stopping", I couldn't even really get into the golf setup without feeling some pain.
Day "stopped" 1: Couldn't drive far, and started to compensate for it using the wrong muscle set
Day "stopped" 2: Tried "experiments" with different clubs, and the warmed up muscles gave me a false sense of recovery
Day "stopped" 3: Hit like crap because my muscled rebelled against the fatigue.
Day "stopped" 4: Stopped for real because it felt too painful and "rubbery"
Day "stopped" 5: Had a lesson to "re-learn" ho to swing, but still hit really wimpy
The only good thing about learning to swing properly is that I am not technically "injured".
The plan is to show a day by day recovery process, and record how long it actually takes to recover from this fatigue. The plan is to hit a few balls on the range (buy a small bucket, and abandon if needed), and see how many days it takes to recovery. The most interesting thing is to find out the recovery stages, and which parts of my game improve first and the order of the other recovered attributes. My initial guess is that I need to lay off golf for at least a couple weeks to fully recover, but I can ease my way back by hitting chips to full swings slowly.
This is Day 6. I'll record the results tonight.