Aug-December 2016 - I decided to take the rest of the year off from worrying about anything golf related. I had a lot planned for the rest of that summer and fall. I continued to play disc golf. I also played in a tournament later that summer. I enjoyed doing that and it was a great experience. I like playing in these tournaments because it is how you get an official player rating in disc golf. A player rating in disc golf is similar to a golf handicap but is also very different at the same time. For example, after the two tournaments I played, my current rating is 827. This is probably similar to a 15 handicap in golf or so. In disc golf a player rating does not really allow any two players to play each other under a system of giving strokes because of the way it is calculated. That may be one of the biggest differences. I do plan on continuing to play in these tournaments as I would like to eventually be closer to a 900 rating. The best players in the world for comparison would be around 1000-1050 rated players. This means there is a big difference between 900 and 1000 rated players.
In August I was able to take a bow hunting trip with my dad and my son to Wyoming. Thankfully I have been able to pull a bow back even with the wrist injury and that injury is not really too affected by doing so. We were going after Antelope, and after a tough first few days of hunting I was able to harvest a very nice potential record book qualifying Antelope on the day before heading back home. We had a great time and created some great memories with my son.
I also did a lot of fishing with my son, something he is incredibly passionate about. He had quite the year for catching many new species of fish and learning new ways to fish. In early September I took a fishing trip up into the northern part of the state and had a great opportunity to try and catch some Muskie and learn about doing so from @14ledo81. The plan was to get a nice one in the boat on what is one of Wisconsin’s better trophy Muskie lakes. Unfortunately the weather just did not cooperate for us but I had a blast anyway. We did get most of the first day in on the water, Matt raised a couple fish to his bait but they would not bite and I missed one on a top water bait as well. I am looking forward to working hard this year to get one in the boat.
Cranking those big Muskie baits was great therapy for strengthening the wrist as well. The wrist continued to heal and I felt the strength and flexibility of the wrist improving slowly day after day. As the year turned to 2017 it was time to switch up my focus back to a potential return back to the golf course.