Although my injury really didn't completely stop me from golfing, it caused me to be apprehensive with my swing. However, tomorrow's surgery will leave me in a cast for a week and a brace for at least 8 weeks or maybe more. This surgery is going to be a test of my fortitude. I don't know if I will be able to work, I know I can't lift weights, drive a stick or golf for 3 months. We shall see if I survive. It sucks to be self employed in these circumstances. I will keep you posted...
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This year we finally got a league established at our club. It was a very good time and I got to meet new people. This being said, the handicapped adjusted scores were very sketchy, but only by one group, that won the whole thing. This was a group of women (who won last year too at a different club) that always seemed to be in the money or beating us no matter how well played. At first I was thinking that my teammate was over reacting to the situation but after the second to last format I started evaluating the situation as well. The format for the day was that everyone played their own ball and 4 out of the 5 players were counted to score, generally not a great format for high handicaps. These high handicap ladies came in at 9 under. Pretty much meaning that 4 of them had to play lights out. The lower my handicap gets the less I am interested in participating in handicap scored rounds verses 20+ handicaps. I know it is in the spirit of fun but I pay money to play and they are winning money that I pay in. Color me sour but it felt pretty futile to play most days. It would be nice to feel like you have a chance.
*addition I found out later was that on scramble days, a longer hitting low handicap joined the team as an alternate...conversely they didn't do as well with the format when the players ball was used, they could no longer use they until the green...
I had to travel to pick up someone at the airport Saturday and since my club was packed I decided to play a round of golf at a course I had never played before. I set a tee time and asked if I was playing with anyone and they said no.I get to the course and it is fairly busy but no playing partner however I easily caught up with the twosome in front of me (one of which informed me later he had picked up ball on the first hole, as the round progressed ). I played 5-9 with two guys, a dad and his recent college grad son. Dad was an average player and son was very athletic but erratic although my game was nothing short of twice my handicap that day. The "kids" dad stops after 9 and we keep playing. The guy is nice and easy to play with but the conversation we had was interesting. He tells me first that he just started playing golf a year ago and he spends every day at the golf course after work (summer job before grad school) at 3 since the summer started. He has all the typical "newbie" delusions. Thinks he hits it farther than he does, inconsistent irons and no short game. He also takes multiple second ball shots, granted this course is under construction and some of the back nine are temporary tees and some holes. Along the 11th hole he talks handicaps with me and says he is a 7 handicap, his best round is a 76 and that he doesn't post his scores very often because he does want give strokes to people... Indeed, I was perplexed. I just smiled and played along as he also told me that he has no short game and hates practicing it but will hit hours of driver shots... This guy totally reminded me of me sans the the thought of being a 7, let alone a 27 handicap my first year playing. I am sure my out driving him was annoying but if he keeps playing and getting better technique, I am sure he would hang or out drive me regularly. He used to play college baseball and probably no used to not being better at sports than others around him so golf might be a hard pill to swallow. All in all I enjoyed the company, conversation and of course, the unintended humor.
My regular knucklehead playing partner has been commenting to me (after handicap lowering rounds) about how these scores are not good because they will affect the scoring for our team in the hokey league we play in on Monday nights. He tries to suggest ways of avoiding posting scores because we need the higher handicap to place better. I keep telling him that I am not playing golf to win the league and have no interest in "strategically" posting my rounds to avoid getting strokes. He is a nice guy and hardly a cheater but this damn league thing is consuming him. Personally it is just an excuse to play "fun" golf and have a few beers with the team for me. I just don't get it. I refuse to compete seriously in handicap based competitions so my handicap is only for me.
After getting 4 inches of rain in an hour, our course was flooded which was probably for the better. This gave me a bit of a break from the pressure of scoring but made the round kind of lack luster. We had holes 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 ,15, 16, 17, 18 open. Course plans to be fully open by tomorrow. I don't know, is it worth playing when it like this or should I have done something else today?